Originally Posted by K_Kahne_Fan
Then again, I thought the rule was you can say what you want about your hand as long as it's not the truth. So, saying you have a str8 and no one paying to see it... is that not OK?
That's perfectly fine, assuming that it is indeed a situation where nobody's paid to find out whether you're lying or not. We're mostly talking about showdown hands here though, where someone has
paid to find out.
If a hand gets to showdown, and someone says "I have a straight"
but doesn't turn over their cards, the dealer should insist that they roll them over to prove it.
wants to show their cards, then the player who made the last aggressive action on the final betting round (or the player to the left of the button, if nobody bet the river) has
to roll their cards over. If everyone else mucks then that player gets the pot. If anyone can beat that hand, they have
to show their cards to prove it.
The major angle that people used to shoot at showdown was a slightly different one: your opponent would roll over a winning hand, you'd say "Nice hand kid"
but hang onto your cards. If the winner mucked his cards, you'd say "Erm... he mucked but I've still got my cards, so I'm the winner"
, everyone would stare daggers at you but you'd be awarded the pot.
These days, the TDA has the "Dealer can't kill a winning hand that's been tabled" rule to prevent that, and most cash games (AFAIK) enforce it too.