CALL THE FLOOR: Never show your cards prematurely



In a $2-$4 limit hold’em game at a Las Vegas casino, the board on the river shows {6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{8-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. The first player bets, the second player raises and the player to act last angrily mucks face up, figuring his aces were no good. The dealer announces his cards as the remaining players complete their betting. The winner out-flushed the loser at the showdown. Was this muck inappropriate? — ProfessorPoker, via

Turning your cards face up before the action is complete is always inappropriate. It doesn’t matter that the player is upset. Poker is an emotional game. Being a “good” player doesn’t just mean knowing how to play the game well; it also means controling your emotions. People who act this way usually are pretty bad players or they are good players who turn into bad players because they go on tilt. If you are one of these players try reading Zen and the Art of Poker.

— Jody Russell and Cassie Greene are veteran poker room managers who also runs the Ante Up Poker Room. Email them at

TDA Rules

Each month Jody Russell will interpret one rule from the TDA.
RABBIT-HUNTING: No rabbit-hunting is allowed. Rabbit-hunting is revealing any of the cards “that would have come” if the hand had not ended.
JODY: Rabbit-hunting slows down the game. Requesting it puts dealers in an awkward position. Some rooms will suspend or even fire dealers for rabbit-hunting.
MORE TDA RULES: Go to to see all 44 TDA rules.

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