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Poker is a game that keeps you informed of opponents, when you show your
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Show Your Cards or Muck?
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Show Your Cards or Muck?
Do you usually show your cards when they win without a showdown?
Poker is a game that keeps you informed of opponents, when you show your cards without needing, do you think of setting a trap? does not care? Or does it work for your game?
I muck 100% of the time as no matter whether your 'show' will shock the opponent or tilt them, you are only guaranteeing that they now can improve their read on you whereas when you fold you may not be tilting them as much but you guarantee they gained zero information about your actual bluff-range or fear-factor from that hand as they have no clue how strong your real hand was.
This is also a reason I much prefer online poker to real-life poker, in real-life it's considered "rude" not to show in many situations and in many home games there's no set order of who has to show first. Even if the person who shows first has the better hand, again comes the issue of 'rudeness' and everyone on the table throwing a hissy fit if you refuse to show it so much so that they may kick you out for your bad manners (this is home games not casino I talk about).
i show my cards when are very strong to create in the minds of my opponents I'm a tight player.. when the tournament takes place i can open with lower hands and try to steal chips.. is only a strategy.
If you fold top pair or AK then I would be shown the cards because in the future you can use this for example to bluff the opponent will think he dumped top pair doesn't look like he is bluffing is very well suited to those players who play regularly and earn image.
I very rarely show the cards, but if I do it sooner at the beginning of the game if everyone on the middle pot pusanut and I have garbage I will definitely show my hand. But after such a rally I will only play with the nuts
It is a double sided situation. NO ONE should 100% show or muck!
Think of it this way:
if u muck 100% of the time, then no one can know how you play, meaning, no one knows what your ranges are. What are u calling with, what are u raising with, what are u folding. That being said, how can u ever bluff someone? If u are an unknown to your opponents, it is possible that u will just be avoided, or called down with premium hands that have u dominated.
on the other hand, showing 100% of the time, just gives too much info, which is even worse.
consider showing few very good hands (flopped boats, straights..) as well as some bluffs that u took the same line of calls or raises. It is possible to throw your opponents off guard making them fold best, or call when they have worse hands.
Muck 100% I do not understand showing an A or a K or even a Q when there are two 7's in the flop and no A or Q or K, its just useless information that does not makes me fear, showing your cards just lets me know you are insecure about your hand, if the opponent has a better hand just pay and win otherwise showing the cards is useless, at least for me.
Personally, I think that if you are not in the tournament on the final table when your opponents, like you are focused as much as possible on each action, or do not play Cash, then it makes a big difference whether you open your cards or hide them, because the players are playing a huge number of tables and hardly so focused on the fact that you play and do not play adaptive poker, adjusting to your game, from which you show the cards will be able to extract additional value.
Muck Muck Muck! Poker is a game of incomplete information. You may think you are giving certain information to a player at showdown that you can use against them later, but more times than not you are giving him and more importantly the entire table information from every point in the hand.
and on a side note, if you called an opponent and he wants to muck, let him. You never know when they have misread there hand and actually have you beat. If the hand is tabled without being killed by the dealer first, you may watch the pot be shipped to your opponent.
You were all happy I called until my river suckout!
I used to show them but now I had a change of thoughts , I decided never to do that again . Poker is a game of info , sth you reveal for free thinking that it's harmless for your game , it might be an important clue for your villain , so you have misjudged the situation .
This is very important , especially when it come to bluffs , the other , imo , has more info now when to bluff and when not to .
So I have disabled this option , now I feel better