Situational Strategy => Overall Poker Strategy => Topic started by: Mars on June 10, 2009, 10:05:51 PM

Title: Don't look for the showdown!
Post by: Mars on June 10, 2009, 10:05:51 PM
A lot of players, when confident they hold the best hand, are looking forward to a call on the river from one or more opponents.  There's a big problem with this, though.  In poker, we are looking to win money over the long term, not the short term.  By reaching showdown, we are limiting our long term profits.

When we reach showdown, we are forced to reveal our cards to determine who wins the pot.  When this happens, we are giving our opponents a wealth of information - they now have access to the entire way we played the hand - whether we slow-played, fast-played, if we are a bunch of donkey chasers, etc.  The more hands you reach showdown, the better your opponents know you.

When you play poker, you generally have 4 or 5 betting rounds (the exception of course would be 5 Card Draw).  In the future, try to reduce the number of betting rounds to only 3-4.  You will still have enough rounds to win a decent amount of chips, so long as you keep your bets large (in NL and PL poker, anyway).  Your opponents will still reach showdown with each other, so you will be able to get the same information on them - but they won't have the same information on you.