Originally Posted by sketchpad
I guess its a home game so its different but any where else his hand is dead...and find say if he wants to say whatever to entice betting but there is a point i think, after all it is just bad etiquette
Incorrect. The hand should never (AFAIK) be ruled dead. In fact I'm pretty sure the only times a hand is ever ruled dead is if it's mucked or if someone calls the clock and the player allows it to expire without making a decision.
If this happened in a tournament that follows TDA rules the hand won't be ruled dead if the cards are exposed, but that player will be subject to a penalty after
the hand if they did it deliberately.
The reason it won't be ruled dead is for situations like this: where they've exposed their hand and
made a verbal declaration. If they expose their hand, say "I'm calling any bet", and their opponent happens to have a better hand, they'd be pissed (and rightly so) if the hand got ruled dead and they weren't allowed to make a bet that the offender had to call.
As for the guy in wooo's post... what happens there depends entirely on whether it was in a TDA-ruled tournament or a cash game. TDA have that stupid rule about not being able to tell the truth about your hand, so the player could be subject to penalty in that context. In a cash game, nobody should give a toss.