re: Poker & I can see your hole cards
MORALS...knowing right from wrong
ETHICS...actually doing the right thing when a moral dilemma presents itself
All potential consequences and excuses aside...the game is designed so that each player is privy to their own hole cards, and all get to see and play from the community cards. If you find yourself in a situation where any advantage you enjoy is not from your carefully honed people reading skills, math aptitude, and understanding of poker theory and the psychology of poker, then you might just be smack dab in the middle of a moral dilemma.
I know that deception is part of the game of poker, but that does not mean that you should work on becoming a liar and a cheat.
Didn't the scandal at Ultimatebet
/ABSOLUTE involve insiders having a superaccount that allowed them to SEE THE OTHER PLAYERS HOLE CARDS. Now, imagine you are at a cash table where someone else sees your hole cards, without your awareness, can you honestly tell us all that when the other guy cleans you out and you discover that he could see your hole cards the whole time that you are not going to feel cheated? You feel cheated because you were cheated.
I am too old to be dancing around moral dilemmas trying to convince myself that my "dick" choice of choosing to do something, that if the roles were reversed would leave me feeling cheated, is somehow, nebulously not my fault or my responsibility.
When I run into this situation at a B&M casino I always casually mention to the player that I could/can see their cards. And like training a dog or small child have occasionally had to resort to multiple reinforcements to get them to stop creating a moral dilemma for me.
I am no better or worse than most people in this world. I just believe I should treat others the way I would prefer being treated myself. I am sure I am not alone in this belief. It seems to create a better overall living experience for everybody.
I'll get off the soapbox now.