Originally Posted by Didace
A call isn't the price to see someone else's hand. It's the price to put in your claim to the pot.
True, but a showdown also
entitles you to see the contents of all showdown hands in the game of poker. [Multiple references available.]
This was true in 1880. This was true in 1950. This is true today. The only time it isn't true is when a casino makes a rule to the contrary.
Originally Posted by Bob Ciaffone, in an email conversation, April 28, 2010
[Matt S.]Can you elaborate on, “The law has always been that all hands must be shown”? I understand that the rules of the game of poker have always included that, but it seems no casino’s rulebook says that – including your own set of rules.
[Bob Ciaffone][T]he players in the game have the right to see the contents of all the hands that were live at the showdown. That was the rule since I started playing poker at age 9 in my mother’s poker circle back in 1950 and has been the rule ever since in every game I have played in. You can make the winner show his hand by not giving him the pot until he does show. Left unanswered is how to see a losing hand if a player does not want to show it. The dealer will not show a losing hand or ask the player to show a losing hand, for several good reasons. We do not want it to become a winning hand is one reason. We do not want a weak player to be annoyed or embarassed [sic] by having his hand shown. So a player must ask. This was the rule and remains the rule. What to do if a player asks and what to do if the player is uncooperative and what to do if the hand is already in the muck are the parts of the rule that are not defined.
And do you know of any resource to obtain a copy of a any casino’s actual poker rulebook – the older the better?
[Bob Ciaffone] No.
So I say, again, almost
all the time, just roll your hand over and win the pot -- and sometimes, when it's important to you, and you understand the consequences of doing so, make sure you see the other person's cards, because you've paid to see them.