Originally Posted by TheNoob
Let's say I have A's in the hole and an A falls on the flop, maybe with a 8 and a 4.
Pretty good hand.
I bet big and, for whatever reason, a player stays with me.
Turn is a 9.
I still feel good, and I bet pretty hard again and get called.
River is a 10. I see the possible straight, but with a set of A's I bet and let's say he just calls.
He turns over a J Q.
(it's a fanstasy hand that I'm just creating to ask my question)
I'm not trying to comment on what a stupid play that would be to make that suck out, or even debate how my betting might have been flawed to help the situation along.
Any reason to show your set instead of mucking?
Are there situations where you would want the player (and the table) to know what you were playing with?
To me, it seems like you would always muck. No reason to give away information.
Online, they can obviously check out what you had...
Live... NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER... (did I mention) NEVER NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER show your hand if you don't have to.
Your job: Gain as much info as possible w/out giving ANY away. Every card you show gives them a little piece of who you are, and what you think. Good players will pick you apart
"But what if he'll tilt if I show a bluff?"
CRAPOLA TO THAT! When you show to get under skin, you're playing w/ ego, which will eventually lead you very bad places.
When you win a huge hand... muck w/ no emotion (like you've been there b4)
When you take a huge beat... muck w/ no emotion (like you've been there b4, and it means nothing to you!!!!