Originally Posted by Dunc8b
Sounds like me.
Or hopefully sounds like me last week. I haven't been playing very long and as I am learning I was checking quite a lot on anything as I didn't understand enough about the game. Almost a mentality of "I have the best hand, I will win this when we get to the end". Completely missing the point that accumulating chips is pretty important too.
Indeed I think it was this behaviour which has seen me scraping along down the bottom of the chip ranking during MTTs. Now identified, hopefully fixed
This is good and honest self-evaluation. And, you bring up something that probably plays a role that I wasn't thinking about. A lot of players might want to show down a winner, because poker is a game of having the best hand and they finally have it. They're not considering that poker is about getting the most chips from each hand (or losing the least when it's a bad hand). If they bet and the other player folds, it almost feels like it made having the best hand pointless because no one else knows about it.
Obviously, that's not the best way to approach the game, but I can see it as something new or casual players might do. It is much better to just go for value, and if you don't get called then you got as much value as you would have from checking it down. If you do get called, not only do you get to show them a winner but you also make extra from it.