showing cards and playing

    • pokerstar35
      pokerstar35
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      Joined: 03.06.2010 Posts: 2
      Hi, im not sure about this..
      In Live poker, holdem NL play..
      When im facing oponents all in and im not sure what to do, can i lay my cards upside down so oponent can see them, and help myself with his face (interaction) and decide what to do afterwards??
      thanks
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    • Ludwitch
      Ludwitch
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      Joined: 25.02.2005 Posts: 285
      I am not sure about this, so maybe someone can back me up.

      If you show your cards in live poker without announcing that you call the all-in move, it will be assumed that you folded your hand.
      More generally, you cannot just show your cards in the middle of a hand. But I am not sure what happens then.
    • swissmoumout
      swissmoumout
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      Joined: 23.02.2007 Posts: 3,385
      depends on the casinos.. where I play, your hand is dead if you show it to anyone else at the table before showdown.
      Some rooms allow you to show your hand, but I don't think I'd do it. Tells are overrated anyways, so you'd most likely just end up looking stupid while you give your opponents free info.
    • alejandrosh
      alejandrosh
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      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 4,346
      You may be able to get away with that, but you will look like a douche.
    • pokerstar35
      pokerstar35
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      Joined: 03.06.2010 Posts: 2
      just imagine flop 4 Q K , your oponent with lower stack is getting all-in...

      you hold AA and you know that your oponents play tight so he might be holding pair of kings or queens already before the flop...
      you deciding what to do.. and if he would see your pair of aces, i think there is chance that he will change his face holding just a pair of kings or a set of kings.. (queens)...

      and thats the question if you can show your cards and decide the call afterwards or not :)
    • sabo999
      sabo999
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      Joined: 11.06.2008 Posts: 502
      just call ! most of the time he'll be shoving any pair with a short stack!

      if you show ace's and tank/call it'll look as if ur bein a d*ck and slow rolling him when u have the best hand.
    • Lim00n
      Lim00n
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      Joined: 13.10.2009 Posts: 73
      Originally posted by sabo999
      just call ! most of the time he'll be shoving any pair with a short stack!

      if you show ace's and tank/call it'll look as if ur bein a d*ck and slow rolling him when u have the best hand.
      That answered the question he asked...not. :)

      On topic: i was wondering the same thing yday at a live tourney, and honestly? I have no idea, altho i can find arguments for both sides (allowed to show, not allowed)...guess it's up to the casino :)
    • antonio47211
      antonio47211
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      Joined: 24.04.2009 Posts: 129
      in most (I guess all except maybe a few weird places) casinos if you turn your cards face up before calling allin, your hand is FOLDED automatically.

      Also, in some your hand is folded automatically if you show it to someone else, either a player or spectator.
    • sabo999
      sabo999
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      the actual ruling you will get in most casinos is that once a hand is exposed no further aggressive action can be taken, you can therefore only check/call..other opponents in the hand can still check/bet..

      Also in a tournament, if the pot is heads up, most places allow you to show your hand to the opponent when decide ding on what to do..
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
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      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      It really differs from casino to casino.
      It's better to ask floorman first about that.

      I did just that yesterday.
      I was playing at 50€ tournament.
      I was on a button and it was folded to me. I had T :club: 9 :club: .
      On a BB was my friend, and SB was a friendly guy too. I asked them if they want to see a flop and if yes, I will just call (We haven't seen a flop for an hour or so) and they agreed.

      And flop was... 6 :club: 7 :club: 8 :club: .
      I was WTF :D
      I bet something small and SB folded, BB called.
      Turn was 5 :club: LOL.
      We both checked. River was blank.
      He checked and I asked him how big of a value bet would he called. He said 2000, I bet 2000 and he got in thinking mode... "Damn, you have a K of :club: , I know you don't have an A or else you would raise preflop"
      I said, nope I don't have I promise you. I will show you one card.

      I asked the dealer if it's OK to show one card and that my hand isn't folded. He didn't know so he called the floor. Floorman then said that I can't show or else my hand is folded. I said sorry and that's it :P
      I wanted to show T :club:

      BTW, he called anyway, showing Q high flush :)
    • kosmonaut111
      kosmonaut111
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      Joined: 26.01.2009 Posts: 715
      Like said in most casinos it is not allowed.
      Other thing is if you play home games. We like to allow almost everything in out home games (expect going south, talking about hand while not playing it etc.). The more fun you get, the better the game is :D