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I'm watching a late night game of poker where the winning players sometime show their bluff (or stellar hand) at the end of a turn.

My question is this: does the act of revealing my cards after winning a hand of poker affect my chances of claiming the entire pot in the long-term? If so, would it raise or lower that chance?

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  • $\begingroup$ This is not really a math question. Showing a bluff can put your opponent on tilt. $\endgroup$ – paparazzo Jun 4 '17 at 14:20
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Generally speaking, the more information your opponents have, the better off they are, and so in a zero sum game, the worse off you are. By that logic, showing your hand actually hurts you since it gives your opponents more information.

Since a typical game of poker lasts through many shuffles of the deck, however, the information they have gained is probably only useful for a relatively short time. What I think is the more important factor here is the psychological aspect of the game. By showing the other players you have bluffed, you are messing with their minds.

There are only so many probabilities involved in poker, and people can basically learn them. In my opinion the real skill in poker is knowing how to play the mental game.

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