What is ‘Rabbit Hunting’?
Rabbit hunting is poker slang. A player ‘goes rabbit hunting’ if, after their play in a hand has been concluded, they ask the dealer to show the cards they would have received if they’d continued to play. For example, if a player has chosen to fold, they might ask the dealer to ‘rabbit hunt it’ and show the cards they would have drawn if they’d stayed in play.
‘Rabbit Hunting’ explained
When a player chooses to rabbit hunt, they are trying to find out what would have happened if they had played the hand differently. Obviously, this could go either way, showing you made the right or the wrong choice. When the dealer shows the cards, they are shown to everyone, not privately.
Rabbit hunting is not usually a feature of online casino gaming, and because it slows down play, many casinos don’t allow it. It is seen in televised poker games, but this is likely because ‘going rabbit hunting’ adds to the drama.
If you do choose to ask to go rabbit hunting, only do it when you really feel the need to know and make sure that it isn’t against the rules of the casino first. Remember also that choosing to rabbit hunt, and your reaction to the cards you see, may give valuable information to players remaining in the hand about what cards you were holding or what type of player you are.
On the flipside, if you are playing a hand when another player chooses to go rabbit hunting, don’t waste the opportunity. While the game is paused, you have extra time to think about your next move and to watch other players for their reaction to the cards that have been shown and work out who has been bluffing. Rabbit hunting won’t come up often, but when it does, use it to your best advantage!