Originally Posted by BenLZ
I play live games with my friends, none of them play online poker and some of them seem clueless. Over the past three sessions they've misread the board several times and missed straights, full houses - should I point this out? If they were experienced, I wouldn't. Should I only point it out for those who are clueless?
IMO whenever or where ever you play if your gonna play at all play by the rules. here are a coupe entries from Robert's Rules of Poker that are related to your question.
2. Cards speak (cards read for themselves). The dealer assists in reading hands, but players are responsible for holding onto their cards until the winner is declared. Although verbal declarations as to the contents of a hand are not binding, deliberately miscalling a hand with the intent of causing another player to discard a winning hand is unethical and may result in forfeiture of the pot.
3. Any player, dealer, or floorperson who sees an incorrect amount of chips put into the pot, or an error about to be made in awarding a pot, has an ethical obligation to point out the error. Please help keep mistakes of this nature to a minimum.
However that is once a player has turned up their cards on their own and didn't realise they had something. But you do not want to do the following, as they are against the rules.
Reading a hand for another player at the showdown before it has been placed faceup on the table.
Telling anyone to turn a hand faceup at the showdown.
Bottom line is if a player turns up their cards and they don't see they have a straight then yes you should tell them they have a straight, but if they show you their cards and only you and then are about to much you don't tell them to turn them up because they have a straight.
Hope this helps.