Showing Cards at Showdown
Ok, guys. Some input, please. I have consulted my on-hand library of poker books
, including Hoyle's Rules of Card Games, and at least a half-dozen internet poker reference sites. The question here is the rule for showing of hole cards if the hand is bet through the river and goes to a showdown
My frustration on the subject sprang from Ultimate Bet's policy of revealing both hands in a showdown, winner and loser(s). I routinely utilize the "automuck" feature, as I do not wish to give my opponents any unnecessary insight into my decisions at the table. However, the automuck choice is ignored on UB when a showdown occurs, and all hands are arbitrarily revealed.
My confusion is that every single source I've consulted
on the rules of Texas
Hold 'Em recognizes and protects the right of the loser NOT
to be forced to show his hole cards. The rules state that after all betting after the river card has been completed, the first active player seated to the left of the last player to call reveals his cards. If the other players, in turn, cannot beat his hand, they have the option
of showing their cards or mucking them. The only exception is for suspected cheating or collusion, in which case the dealer may demand that the cards be shown to the table. (Of course, it is customary to display the cards of all participants in an "all-in" situation. The above rule applies only to hands which play out to a normal conclusion.)
If anyone can dispute this interpretation, which seems to be both standard and universal, please quote your verifiable source. If I'm wrong here, I seriously need to know. This is pretty basic stuff, I think. Here's what the UB customer service supervisor had to say after several exchanged emails on the subject:
"Dear Rammer Jammer,
The rules of poker absolutely allow for the showing of mucked cards.
We have consulted with two of our poker consultants, Annie Duke and Phil
Hellmuth. It is a rule of Hold 'em that if a hand goes to Showdown then the
table is allowed to request to see mucked cards. This is ONLY when the hand
goes to showdown.
Whenever a hand reaches a showdown, the mucked cards are shown as a safeguard
against collusion...this was recommended by the group of pros that we utilize
(two players working together could result in hands being mucked that should
not have been). Mucked cards are only viewable to players at the table...
observers cannot see them, which is why they seem to appear "sometimes".
This feature has been part of the product since day one.
Based on this, our programmers were instructed to design the code to show
mucked cards when reaching Showdown.
Thanks for taking the time to write.
Customer Service Supervisor."
All due respect to Annie Duke, Phil Helmuth, and Ultimate Bet, but all I know is what I read and everything I read says they're full of shit. Any thoughts?