Originally Posted by LennyPigeon
You have AK. You shove to make it look like a steal. If you get a call then great. If not, would showing here not give you more chances to steal the blinds with a lesser hand at a later stage?
This move pretty much tells
me one of two things. The player is either saying:
"Look at these great cards I didn't get to play."
"See? I'm not a maniac. When I am shoving I have a hand!"
Both actually give me a little information about my opponent. The first screams newbie and tells me they are possibly overly emotional about the game, and will be willing to stick to an overpair or other hand they feel "deserves to win".
The second (your reasoning) is as bad. They are advertising so I don't think they will make plays with marginal holdings from position. Now I know they will, and if they are showing only good hands, I have a pretty good picture of their pre flop range.
So showing your hands just gives me concrete evidence which I will use to solidify your profile as we play.
The ONLY reason I have ever thought was a reasonable time to show your cards is to a player who is so bad and nearly tilted that taunting them will likely cause them to accelerate into full blown tilt. This player should be directly to my right.