What are ‘Show Cards’
To show your cards is to simply present your ‘hand’. To do such a thing is a staple part of any poker game. It will occur at the end of a game, usually between two players, after the final raise has been made/bet has been placed. Without a showing of cards, no one would know who the victor is.
‘Show Cards’ Explained
It’s a simple premise when a player is asked to show their cards, they lay them flat out on the table, face up, for all other players to see. In the case of online casinos, players will likely just press a ‘show cards/hand’ button.
While poker games involve a lot of quiet and sometimes not so quiet drama, most of the tension is reserved for the final moments when the remaining players lay out their cards – as this determines who will take home the ‘main pot’.
All apprehension and tension that builds before the showing of cards is psychological, although mathematics can be applied when ‘card counting‘ is factored in. ‘Bluffing’ and putting others ‘on tilt’ will all add to the atmosphere around a table, especially towards the end of any game.
Even if a player looks confident and has survived the various raises of a game, they are bound to hold some quiet tension within themselves. Whether they are bluffing or not does not matter. The player will still only have a vague guess of what kind of hand their opponent is holding, and they simply will not know for certain until their cards are clearly laid out on the table.
Once all the cards are down, it will all be at an end. One player will feel victorious and the other will feel defeated. Any other players who dropped out of the game will simply enjoy observing the final crescendo – as it may well be the final rush of the night.