I find it so irritating when players school everyone at the table. But what can you do? The best thing is to listen and learn. Bad players get better, but you can sure put some hurt on those that give away their thoughts every time they win or lose a pot. Few of the talkers will ever be long term winners as players pay more attention to them when in their pots. That is never good for you at all. The autopilot that weak players are on gets turned off and they at least try to make good decisions.
Recently, a big hand was developing and unfortunately for me I was in it for a time. I had top pair and bet out and got three callers as well as a short all-in from the preflop raiser, one of which caused me concern. He was very tight and rarely calls much without big hands or nut draws. This hand had a possible flush draw so I didn’t know really where I stood.
On fourth street, I bet out again smallish to hopefully drop it down to me and the possible flush draw. No such luck as it got raised. I also would like to point out here a possible, though unlikely, straight came on fourth street. The very tight player now thought a minute and made lots of noises and folded.
The player who raised had caught his small set on fourth and proceeded to win the pot. Just another hand right?
Well not quite as the tight player now has to tell the whole table that he had flopped a set and folded on fourth street. Folding was usually a bad in this spot in this game; he should have raised on the flop. By him explaining why he folded and his full thoughts on how the hand went down, he schooled everyone that it is acceptable or smart to fold a set with cards to come. Few at the game would ever even consider a play like that. This hurt him two-fold. Now everyone knows how extra careful he plays and many might not ever call his big bets again, costing him winning big pots from any good player and some of the bad players as well. Also against him, some players will play super tight but only against him and he will not know that. This will lead him to lose money to them making too loose of calls expecting to see lesser hands.
It never ever helps you giving away thoughts on how you play unless you plan them and give off wrong information designed for your benefit. Doing it this way confuses the good and bad players about your game.
Two of the players that play with me will show when they fold a good hand pre-flop. For instance, when they raise and it gets re- raised by a tight player they will generally fold all pairs up to including queens and show the table how smart they were. Most times they were right as re-raises are not frequent in this game. This comes back to haunt them though and they never catch on. The better players and the bad ones as well do not re-raise as much and use it to trap them for their whole stack when the board comes small cards and the show-it-all has the worse pair. The much more aggressive players will re-raise occasionally in the right spots, like when having an ace and position to run them off hands and take the free money as they will never call a large re-raise without Aces or Kings.
Some poker players will show their hand at the end of the pot when they do not have to. You may get to see things such as how he plays too far along with second pair, or made a bad call with top pair. What can be very bad is seeing where he didn’t bet when he should or didn’t raise when he should have. Now you can infer much from his calls in other pots you play. Like that his hand may be much stronger than it appears. Also perhaps he missed bluffing opportunities. That means you can call him less often since his bluffing is less often.
Paying attention to what people say and figuring out how to use that against them or for your benefit later on is a big edge in live poker. Ego plays a role in the game and when winning or losing it comes out. Showing or justifying that you did the right thing, instead of making a poor play, seems to be a frequent occurrence with many poker players. Few realize how much it can hurt their results and even turn a possible winning player into a sure loser in the game.