Show And Tell With Poker Chips. It’s All About Your Poker Game

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When you’re playing Texas Holdem Poker you’ll sometimes see your opponents show their poker cards when they don’t have to. They bet at the pot, everyone folds, they win the pot ,then they flip over their hole cards to show you usually one of two things. Either they had the best hand or they bluffed and won the pot with their bluff. So what should YOU do about it?

This may sound strange, but the best thing for you to do is notice what they show, then immediately FORGET IT. Forget it? Yes… Forget It. Buy why forget it? When they show their cards unnecessarily, there is usually a reason why they show. It is to influence your image of them and hopefully cause you to play differently against them than you might have had they not shown. It is a “mental trap”. They want you to change your game. If they show a total bluff they want you to think they bluff a lot and showing a complete bluff proves it. If they caused you to fold the best hand with their bluff they hope it “tilts” you by showing they bluffed you out of the pot, it breaks your concentration, it shows you that you made the wrong play. The idea is that next time they pull the same stunt you’ll assume the same thing, that it’s a bluff and cause you to call when you normally would not.

But they showed a total bluff earlier, so you change your mind and call them this time. Then they flip over the nuts and you just lost a bunch of poker chips because you let their earlier bluff influence how you played against them this hand. They got you twice. The exact opposite is true when they show their hole cards with the best hand. This kind of a play is always designed to influence your thinking of how they play, and to increase your uncertainty about them and cause you to play a different game than you ordinarily would.

So no matter which way it goes, if you let their action of showing their poker hole cards influence you, tilt you, decrease or even overly increase your own confidence….. they cause you to change your game against them and they win. They may not win the poker chips on any particular poker hand, but they won the mental game of causing you to alter your thinking, and eventually poker actions, in a way that is aimed at their benefit. So, as crazy as it might sound, the next time your opponent tosses his poker hole cards face up on the poker table for everyone to see and take note of, take a quick peek, immediately FORGET IT, and just say “Nice hand Sir”.

Ronnie Rants, poker player, entrepeneur and propretor of PokerUpShop.  The PokerUpShop offers Free Shipping to Us customers over $49 which saves you money on your Poker Chips, Poke Table, Poker Cards and Card  Protectors.

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