Showing your cards

LennyPigeon

LennyPigeon

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Although I don't consider myself a beginner, I wasn't sure where would be an appropriate place to post this topic.

I was wondering what the general attitude towards showing your cards is. When is it an advantage to show a bluff? When would you show the the best hand? I occasionally show my cards although without being in the situation i'm not sure when these occasions are. Is showing a single card ever an advantage, or is this more of a fun option, teasing the opponents if you like?

Take it away!
 
Poof

Poof

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Never show your cards.
I will occasionally in a CC game if I raised and I can thell the opponent had a hard time folding, but that is only in tese games.
Everyone else can guess.
 
greenokom

greenokom

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If you have a good hand you can show it and bluff the next hands.
And vice versa, if you have a bad hand you can show it and wait for a good hand and you can make it a very profitable hand.
 
belerophon

belerophon

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If your playing cash games, a lot of the time your opponents are multi-tabling and not even looking at hands that don't get to showdown so the whole exercise is mute.

Unless your sure you will achieve the desired result from showing your cards you should avoid this practice.
 
arahel_jazz

arahel_jazz

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Never show unless required.

Although I bend this rule at friendly games like CC events.
 
larrdawg69

larrdawg69

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IMO, it depends on the situation. I show every once in awhile to let someone know I wasn't in it for nothing. It's all up to you.
 
Poker Orifice

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I will occassionally show a hand if I feel there is some value in it (i.e I'm short & in a SNG or sattelite, I'm going to be needing to shove multiple times... I shove.... they fold.. if I have a BIG hand.. sure I'll show it... might just get me the blinds the next time when I'm shoving atc's < this sort of crap though... is player read dependant. If it's while on a table with decent players.... I'm rarely showing.
THere also might be an occassion where I'll show after villain folds,.. letting them have some 'feel good'.. for making a good fold (< this also obviously 'depends'). On the flipside.. I might show a bluf.. "IF" I feel it will be or could be of some benefit down the road.

In cash game play... I don't show cards!
 
jho

jho

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At least online I never show them. Especially because there are some opportunities where you're at a table with all inactives (freerolls), and I like the speed of the game to go quick by raising and automatic no show of my cards.
 
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CheeseMaker

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Never show your cards.
I will occasionally in a CC game if I raised and I can thell the opponent had a hard time folding, but that is only in tese games.
Everyone else can guess.

I disagree with that. If you have a bad image at a table, it might be a good thing to show a strong hand. This will help you build a tight reputation at the table again. It is always good to have a tight reputation at a table, because then it opens up some bluffing opportunities.
 
TheOne2Watch

TheOne2Watch

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I never show my cards, I feel if someone wants to see my cards they will have to pay to see them.
 
DaveE

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Heads up I'll show a monster to an early fold. Just a littler reminder to villain "yes I know that you know that you know I'm stealing too often, but watch yourself"
 
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aprig

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Not quite smart to show your hand to a oponent,he might pick a tell upon you.
 
LennyPigeon

LennyPigeon

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I think some of you are jumping to the conclusion of 'you should never show your cards' a little too quickly perhaps? Take this scenario for example: You are small stack in a DON. Play folds round to you on the button. 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?

Ok, so maybe this is not the best scenario. However I am sure there are occasions when showing your cards helps your table image and ultimately later plays in the game...
 
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CheeseMaker

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Not quite smart to show your hand to a oponent,he might pick a tell upon you.

That's only if you don't know what you are doing :p

If you folded a big hand like "Pocket Kings" for example. I would show that, to make your opponent think you are only playing big hands.
 
WVHillbilly

WVHillbilly

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You really think that your opponents are dumb enough to believe that you're only playing big hands? Maybe you should give them enough credit to realize that you're only SHOWING big hands.

I have never seen a reasonable (imo) argument for ever showing your cards without the hand going to SD. Certainly nothing ITT has changed that opinion.
 
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cAPSLOCK

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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."
or
"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.
 
salim271

salim271

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Never show your cards.
I will occasionally in a CC game if I raised and I can thell the opponent had a hard time folding, but that is only in tese games.
Everyone else can guess.

^This. I don't even like to show in CC games... its like showing your neck to wolves... everyone will pounce on you if you give them a chance.
 
LennyPigeon

LennyPigeon

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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.

I appreciate your reply, some good points there.

I'm not necessarily in favour of showing cards, however I find this debate quite interesting.

Now that they have you thinking that they won't play the marginal hands, are they not now in a position to utilise this by expanding their range?

I do believe this should not be done often.

Unpredictability is a good attribute to have in poker, would you not agree? Surely if you give a little information to the table and then adjust your play to oppose the information you have given out, this would work in your favour? To people who are simply replying with: 'don't do it. you'll give away tells' Could this not be used to your advantage?

Just a thought, I'm still sitting on the fence. ;)
 
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poker d player

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In general I prefer not to show unless called down (required.) Sometimes tho it is useful to try to create a table image you want to project. It also is useful to tilt some players who hate to get bluffed ;)
 
jazzaxe

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Showing a hand to advertise is okay if it serves a purpose. If you stay in with a marginal hand and the price is low, you may want to show that you are loose if you play a generally tight game. It helps in building pots on later hands. I see no purpose in showing a bluff. Generally, the more you show, the more they know. The essence of the game is deception.
 
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cAPSLOCK

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Surely if you give a little information to the table and then adjust your play to oppose the information you have given out, this would work in your favour?

You are proving Mike Caro's central observation about poker tells. People will naturally use a sort of level one deception strategy when they are trying to deceive.

This would only work in your favor if you are playing the worst poker players on the planet. And since you are openly and purposely using a variation on the "weak when strong; strong when weak" ruse I now know you might not have played all that many hands of poker in your life, or have gotten stuck at a certain level of poker thinking. Now I don't know this for sure... but it is worth considering as I build a profile of how you play.

This reminds me of the Monty Hall puzzle. Have you ever heard of that? If not, it is worth spending some time thinking about as it applies to poker since the odds and informational situation in this puzzle are very similar to a poker hand. One lesson from the Monty Hall puzzle is that information, even when it doesn't seem to apply, is almost always valuable.
 
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tookie21

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I never show.

But I love those that show their bluffs. That's where I aim my trap.
 
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