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    7.25.2006


    I religiously read Donkey Fish Poker Forum, and the subject of showing your cards came up. Instead of wasting their space which I do too much of, I decided to write a quick blog about the subject.

    Basically I have 2 very different strategies on this one, one for ring games and one for tournaments. Let's start with ring games. First of all when I set out to a ring game, I usually grind out a 8-12 hour session just like a day at work... arggggggggggg!!! So hopefully I am playing with the same fish with unlimited bankrolls. At the beginning of a session, I want to portray a loose table image as quickly as possible.

    And part of portraying a loose image is by showing cards. Let's create an example. Limit game say 6/12. I am in LP with 78s. EP raises and gets 3 cold callers behind him. I 3-bet from here for a couple reasons,1) create a pot I can draw into 2) Possibly have the flop check around to me 3) portray a loose player! So let's say I hit a dream board and no one calls my river bet? I might show my cards early in a session to show I am loose but to me this is not loose! On there reverse let's say I completely miss, bet the whole way thru and no one calls my river bet? I might show my cards early in a session to show I am not afraid to bluff!

    Okay on both of these situations I showed my hand. A couple orbits swing by and we are in the same situation but I have AA. EP raises, 3 cold callers and I 3-bet! Now what is going through the original raisers head? This guys 3-bet me early with 78s, I am going to punish him with my KQ and 4-bet! Now I take down the pot without a river call because the poor guy missed his paint, do I show? FUCK NO! I want to maintain my loose image! I really like to change gears a lot so I will add this in every couple hours or so.

    I get into so many weak players heads with plays like these it is not even funny! I have been offered by players not in the hand, 1BB to show my cards! Did I? Depends if I need some more psychological warfare! The other thing is do not pay attention to a good player showing cards! No doubt they are doing the same thing! I always get a chuckle out of players who pick up on this trick. Usually when they flash their cards, they are directed at me!

    Now let's move onto tournaments. In a deep stack tournament, I use a lot this as well. However, I will usually only show good quality hands early on in the tournament. I do this to hopefully pick up some blinds when they are bigger! In a normal tournament, I will rarely show my cards because you are never playing with the same players for too long!

    Another good point to these is when you are playing out of league. Against skilled players, I try not to get to cute and fancy because their reading skills are usually a lot better and will pick up on it!




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