Originally Posted by wolfie
totally wrong !
never your fault if you not quick enough to protect your cards .
they are yours, others should stay off them.
rules are clear about it saying each player get dealt 2 cards, player looks
in his cards and plays with those !
no where it says : player looks at all unprotected cards and plays his own hand,
or players : must protect their hands otherwise other may look at them.
I was assuming it was not a case of one player rushing to pick up anther's cards. He stated that the cards were already dealt. When the table is dealt, each player must assume responsibility for protecting his or her cards. (I was also under the impression that even if the table was still being dealt, you must make sure the card(s) you have are protected,I am not sure what the rule is while the cards are still being dealt) I was also not saying players should look at all unprotected hands. (dont really know where you picked that up....) I also did not say it was ok for other players to look at unprotected hands. (dont know where you got that either)
It is a players responsibility to protect his cards. There is always a chance to get a ruling, or in a home game to let the table decide if the hand should be re-dealt, but if you do not protect your cards, you may be out of luck if something happens to your cards that you dont want. Its like if you throw a $500 in and meant to throw a $50 in, too bad, you have to leave it in. You take responsibility for your chips, cards, calls etc.
If other players start picking up unprotected cards on purpose, they will be soon thrown out of the game. You seem to think I was saying this is ok, and I dont understand how you got this context out of what I said. Maybe because I was commenting on another poster saying the player who saw the cards should share this info with the table, which I very strongly dis-agreed with, and I gave an example stating if one player WANTS to show his cards to everyone, which was obviously meant sarcastically.
see Irregularities point 2.
Here almost the same, worded different: http://www.wsop.com/poker-games/texas-holdem/rules/