Strange situation I started but resulted in some crazy thinking...
I had just sat down at a 3/6FL table at Cascades (near Vancouver). Very first hand I'm dealt AQ in MP (no need to post to play at this card room). Folds to me and I raise, I get what I think is one caller and the blinds fold.
Flop is Axx
I bet, get a fold from someone who says "You probably hit that ace." Trying to be friendly I show the ace say "Yup I did" and toss my cards across the line, but not into the muck, failing to realize there's still one person to act. His hands were covering his cards and chips (he is the small stack at the table with maybe 10bb). ...and I know, my bad for not paying attention, but this is where it gets absurd.
Floor comes over and rules I can still play the hand with one card exposed since the cards didn't actually touch the muck. So I get my cards back, with my ace exposed.
The guy in the big blind (who's not in the hand) pipes up that I should have to play with BOTH hole cards exposed since I exposed one card. The floor says no, just the exposed card and starts to walk away.
Guy stands up and *demands* that both of my hole cards be exposed, literally yelling at the floor person. Floorperson says the ruling stands and warns the guy not cause a scene or he'll get kicked out.
Guy slumps down in his chair and says to me "You're lucky they don't enforce REAL poker rules at this place."
It doesn't end here...
Hand continues on, Turn is a blank, I bet and get a call from the remaining player. River, a blank, I bet, guy thinks for a minute, looks at my exposed ace, and calls.
I show my AQ, guy who calls shows 2nd pair and says "thanks I just wanted to see your kicker." Guess the info he bought for just over 1/3 of his small stack didn't do any good because ended up busting a couple more times, each time reloading for the table minimum.