Thursday, March 23, 2006

To show or not to show?

This will be short and sweet, but I am looking for comments here. I was talking to surflexus during my 45 SNG last night about how much he shows his cards when winning a pot uncontested. I’ve noticed lately that I have a tendency to show them more often than others do.

My question is, with what frequency do you show your cards, and what is your reasoning behind that frequency? I know that is pretty open ended, but I think you get what I mean. I am talking when winning a hand uncontested by the others folds, or when losing a hand at showdown. I don’t know if I am giving something up or not. I don’t think so, but want to hear thoughts.

Good luck to all others in the HUC3 tonight. Once I get bounced, I will be in the lounge no doubt. Have a good one.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger Nick Christy said...

I hardly ever show my cards if the pot is uncontested. The few rare occasions that I do is,
1) I am getting a run of good cards and raising a lot, without people contesting the pots. I will show my cards a couple times in this stretch just to remind people that I am raising with quality cards.

2) People are giving me to much respect and I can not get anyone to call my raises or bets. If this is happening I like to show a nice bluff once and a while and let them know it that I do not always have the best hand.

Those are basically it for showing my cards. I really want to limit the information I give others. Why tell them you just laid top pair top kicker? This will just give them incentive to bluff more. Why show them that you bluffed when the scare card hit? This will limit your ability to do it in the future. Most importantintly, if they are thinking about your game and trying to guess what you have in a certain situation you can mix it up on them and get them off of their A game.

Just my two cents.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Klopzi said...

I never show my cards - period.

Some people like to show their big cards when they've been stealing pot after pot. All this tells me is that they've been bluffing a lot and want to make sure they don't get called.

Some people like to show a bluff. All this tells me is that I'm going to get all that guys chips when they try that sh*t again and I'm holding a quality hand.

I find that the less other players know about you, the better.

I've won SNGs before where I only went to showdown once prior to getting heads up. I'll tell you - when it gets down to heads up, your opponent won't know how to play against you if he/she hasn't seen any of your cards.

I know there's a skill to showing cards, but I prefer to keep it simple. I keep my cards hidden for the same reason that I never vary my pre-flop betting sizes: I don't want to give anything away about me or my cards.

I also don't really chat all that much either...maybe I'm just a prick...?

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Matt Silverthorn said...

I have a few rules I follow when deciding to show cards.

1) I will never show cards that are likely to make my opponent feel good about folding. I always want my opponents questioning themselves and their play. I want them uncomfortable.

2) I will show cards that are likely to tilt my opponent, for the same reason. You can read my recent post on "bilting" to see the effects of this.

Corollary: I will always show the hammer. :-)

At 6:04 PM, Blogger phat said...

I never show my cards, no matter what. If someone asks what I had, I'll tell them the cards I want them to think I had. Sometimes I'll offer this 'information' unprompted - telling people they made a great laydown when I actually had nothing, etc.

I think the only real purpose for showing a big bluff is to stroke your own ego and annoy your opponents. I want my opponents to be friendly and having a good time while giving me their $. I don't want to be a target!

At 9:02 AM, Blogger drewspop said...

Thanks for the responses guys. All good info.


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