re: Poker & What should be done?
Originally Posted by unlucky79
No limit game you throw your cards down before final betting means they have been mucked and you forfeit the hand. Thats how it has worked in this situation at any casino I have played in.
Those may be the rules you use in your home game, but it not the standard.
Additionally, also from Robert's Rules of Poker,
2 - HOUSE POLICIES
18. Players must keep their cards in full view. This means above table-level and not past the edge of the table. The cards should not be covered by the hands in a manner to completely conceal them.
So in this case, the player with the cards in his hand was the violator. Those cards should never have left the table and been held in his hands like that. Whether intentional or not, he concealed his cards; the effect of that was the next player acting out of turn. However the act out of turn was in good faith with the simple intention of showing his monster hand to the players that all just folded to him. As this is the case, one of two things would make a reasonable ruling:
1) declare the card concealer's hand dead for hiding his cards or,
2) recognize that the guy probably wasn't hiding his cards intentionally and also realize that the act out of turn is a direct result of the non-intentional concealment, then allow the concealer to act on his hand as if it was his turn. Following what is likely a fold anyway, the pot would be handed to the guy that that exposed his cards.
IMO option 2 would be the better choice in this matter followed by a reminder to all that cards and chips must be visible at all times.
EDIT: From the TDA rules as updated following the 2007 summit -
31 Exposing Cards
A player who exposes his cards with action pending may incur a penalty,
but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the