re: Poker & More Tips
A good way to get inside the head of your opponent is to show a big
bluff. If you manage to bluff a big pot and take it down after your
opponent has struggled with his decision, showing your bluff could have a
lasting effect on your opponents' ability to play. Getting your opponents
second guessing themselves is an invaluable aid when playing poker.
Very, very, very occassionally this is a good idea but 99 times out of 100 it's completely counter-productive.
Showing a bluff gives your opponent a ton of information about how you play as they can reflect how you played your cards preflop to the river. It also tells
a huge amount about your general approach to the game. Poker is a game of information don't give it away for free.
Quite possibly the guy you bluff is rattled, but what about the others at the table? They are also benefitting from the display and are in no way rattled. Probably they are quite amused.
Essentially it reduces the chance of making another big move and makes you a target for everyone at the table who now knows what you are capable of.
The intangible of putting someone on tilt is likely in the long run to win you far less than it costs in terms of what you've told everyone about your game. Chances are someone else at the table will benefit anyway.
The real reason people show bluffs is to wave their e-penis. We all play poker in part at least because it is a battle of will and there is no bigger display of will than shoving chips in when you know you are behind. It's not just enough for the ego that the opponent fold, they must be humiliated in front of the rest of the table as well "look at me" says the bluffer "for I am man and all must realise the size of my grapefruits!"
Far better to take the pot, let the other guy think it was a good fold and do it again to him if the opportunity arises.
Sorry, bit of a rant there and once again Zen and the Art of Poker talks far more eloquently about this kind of thing than I could