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There are a lot of excellent players who believe that you should never show your cards when you don't have to. Why give the opponents information that I don't have to, they ask. But for others, it is a valuable part of their poker strategy.
One time you might find it useful is if you've been stealing the blinds a lot. It looks like you're running over the table, probably because you are. Then you get dealt AA, you raise, and everyone folds. This is a good time to show your cards. By showing your cards, you hope to slightly delay the time when your opponents will figure out that you're stealing all the money and decide to make a stand. You're also reminding them that even maniacs get a hand now and then.