- Apr 25, 2013
- Reaction score
- In seclusion
I disagree. Once a hand is mucked, it is irretrievably dead.
This is, in fact, why dealers are instructed to tap the muck with the folded hand before turning it over - to make the fold irreversible before complying with the request to show.
From RROP for Home Games, under Showdown:
5. Any player who has been dealt in may request to see any hand that has been called, even if the opponent's hand or the winning hand has been mucked. However, this is a privilege that may be revoked if abused. If a player other than the pot winner asks to see a hand that has been folded, that hand is dead. If the winning player asks to see a losing player’s hand, both hands are live, and the best hand wins.
The dealer taps the muck with the folded hand to kill it if somebody other than the winner of the hand makes the request. It's only when the winner at showdown makes the request that both hands are live and the folded hand can rise from the dead.
Disclaimer: House rules may differ.