Originally Posted by ArmadilloTrim
Oh, and that request to see the hand bit, thats only if you called the bet. He is slightly wrong in saying you can do that all the time. You must call the raisers bet in order to bear the right to request a visual. If you fold, you are no longer in the action therefore have no more rights.
This a site by site rule. Some places allow you to request to see a hand. It is very poor taste to ask but you can ask at any time. The rule is there to help prevent collusion and soft playing between friends. The players at no time
can go and fish out cards. They can ask and the dealer and he will do it for them. The player can get anything from a 10 min time out to removed from the game for touching the cards.
I have run poker tournaments for several years and this is how I was taught:
At any time another player can request to see a hand. If that someone has already folded during that hand, the requested cards remain dead.
If the winner of the hand requests to see someones hand. Those cards become live again and he can actually lose the pot if they beat his hand.
Sorry I don't remember the exact page or the name of the book I had to read.