Playing live poker, is it allowed to open my hand earlier?

I mean showing my cards, for example on the turn. Let’s say I make a flush on the turn, but I am woried that the river card will give my opponent a full-house who now seems to have a three of a kind and he does not care about betting, could call all-in, so I want to scare him away by showing my cards with the flush, is it legal?

Not sure why u would want them to fold? The key to making $$$ in poker is to get ur opponent to bet “Against” the odds … If u think they have flopped trips and u have the Nut Flush then u WANT them to call ur Big Bet … The Max outs they can have is 10 makeing U a Approx 80% to their 20% chance !!!

Is it “legal” yea I guess so is it a Terrible move Yea … Simple as this … If U are “Afraid” of them Winning a hand that u are a 80 to 20 favorite … Ur best move is to go play Fish at a kiddie table b/c u have NO Business playing for Real Money :slight_smile:


I in no way ment to be Rude or Dismissive I’m just being Honest … I have seen many a player lose their rent money b/c the Sharks have them pegged as playing scared

Best of luck at the tables

The Goat :goat: :slight_smile:


Not only is it frowned upon but you could be nailed with collusion with other players at the table or in heads up. No poker room manager knows who knows who, besides the fact if you scared you shouldn’t be playing. It’s POKER for crying out loud!!!

I do not think it is actually possible to show your hand on the turn on Replay, but of course you could use the chat box to call your cards. Doing so would result in your receiving a warning and possible muting.
This is an extract from the Code of Conduct which you can access from the drop down menu on the Dashboard:

Chat and Personal Messages

Keep it friendly on and off the tables! We encourage you to get to know other players on Replay Poker, and some good-natured competitive chat is always welcome. However, it’s important that you’re cordial to other players, and avoid the following:

  • Rudeness of any kind, including vulgarity, trolling, impatience, spamming, site bashing, aggressive use of all-caps, or insults.
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  • References to the cards you hold in an active hand, cheating, collusion, criminal activity, or advertisements.

They are talking about a “Live” game not internet :slight_smile:


I just wanted to make sure they were clear about the play here on Replay Goat :stuck_out_tongue:

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thanks a lot

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Your welcome and best of luck in “ live games “.

This would be very unorthodox. But if you’re curious you can just ask the dealer or floor manager who will explain the specific rules of that property. Each casino and card room will be different so it never hurts to ask.

For example in WSOP and WPT tournaments if you intentionally expose your cards in play your hand is automatically dead.

If there are more than 2 players in the hand it’s definitely not allowed anywhere. But in most ring games if the action is heads up you can expose your cards at any time.

But there are exceptions. The first time I played in Aria I was facing an all in and I flipped over KK to get a reaction from my opponent. Before this I had never played in a ring game where it was against the rules and thought it was fine everywhere. The dealer let me off with a warning but said next time I do it my hand would be mucked and I would be told to leave the room. So if you’re unsure just ask!


Also in regards to the tactic of revealing your cards to “scare” an opponent out of a hand, you’re thinking about poker wrong. As The Goat pointed out you want opponents to be putting money into the pot while you have the best hand.

I would expect such a maneuver from someone who is playing with “scared money.” This means losing the money you have on the table would negatively impact your life. If so you need to learn about bankroll management. You should have at least 20 full buy-ins available to any game you’re going to play. Plus a “life roll” of at least 6 months expenses in cash set aside to never gamble with if you don’t currently have a stable source of income.

It’s necessary to have a deep bankroll primarily so you can handle the variance that comes with poker, but also for your confidence. If you know you’re playing with your last money on the table you’ll be afraid which will only lead to mistakes such as trying to prematurely end a hand rather than extract value.


thank you so much

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thank you so much

thanks a lot

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I’ve never seen anyone intentionally do something like this. But, this could backfire because depending on pot odds, your remaining stack and your given opponents stack etc., I see it working only one way to your benefit.

Poker players do have a tendency to Bluff around the world.

What if you intentionally showed with half your stack in the pot by the turn and your opponent puts you all in?

What would you do??

Unless you had the nut flush, you could be wrong about your opponent’s possible boat because (s)he could have it (the nutz) or a better flush than you.

(edit) @Paracetomol ,

Better off asking way before you start playing because that would be an awkward question to ask during a hand that’s being played.

I see you’re probably playing in Germany or another European country possibly different rules and customs.

Btw, I’m now curious how did it turn out for you?

I was responding to the OP not you unskilled. Sorry for the confusion.

Thank you for your answer. Actually I am in Russia, just using a vpn cause the site isn’t operating here. And I haven’t played a live poker yet, I mean in a casino, I started playing a couple of monthes ago and just studying the game now. What’s about this question turning out on me, you can check the hand #883276602, think you’ll inderstand.

Thanks for providing the referenced hand. You played it well IMO.

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If you were playing in a cash tourney, I think you played it well. I wonder how many would call your all in turn raise.

If you were playing in a cash game, that would have been a tough call after the flop raise ( about 1/4 ) of your stack chasing a 4 flush. I don’t know about that one.

The call was really controversial, but relating it with the board texture and my all in with the 3d diamond I thought that the only danger was an ace-high flush. Still decided to take the risk, but eventually lost to a mere luck. Such things often happen here, so I sometimes wonder if it is becasue no money is involved and would people in cash games do the same as that guy with the tens.