Originally Posted by zachvac
BUT, that brings up an important point. Why do online sites let you see hands that call you and lose? In poker, the person who called the bet can muck their cards after they see their hand is beat. Online, at least where I've played, it mucks them but the cards can be seen in the hand history. Isn't that contrary to the rules of poker?
, you have every right to see what a person calls you with. On-line it is done in the hand history to prevent some forms of collusion. You can only see them on a showdown with a called bet. This rule is actually helping gather evidence against those accounts on absolute right now that are being accused of cheating.
Live, almost every poker room has a rule that you can ask to see any mucked hand if it is retrievable. It is rude but not against the rules to ask. You should have some reason for doing so but you don't have to even give one.
A good consistant player will pull off several bluffs in a night and have several nut hands. Showing doesn't help or hurt you here. Sorry to say but most people will only remember you showing for 1 orbit. So nothing really gained unless you show several times in a row bluffing (to look really crazy) or having the nuts (just to show you are on a hot streak). I have played whole tournaments live where I show EVERY hand. I did it to see what reactions I would get. Nothing changed. Just heard "Oh, nice hand" and "Nice continuation bet" etc. Nobody played me any different. Have you honestly made a call based on someone showing their cards on one hand earlier in the session?
With programs like poker tracker around now, showing in the long term can be alittle more costly because programs will never forget. It will get a little better stats against you but nothing gained to really make any difference.