When playing in a poker tournament last Wednesday, I entered the pot for a small raise holding ♦10 ♦9. Both blinds called.
The flop was A-K-10, sorry I don't remember the suits anymore. It was checked to me and I checked. The turn was a 7, and we all checked. The river was a 4 and the board was A-K-10-7-4 rainbow.
Both players checked and I stated, "I have a ten," and turned one card over, the ♦10. The other two players mucked.
The dealer, instead of pushing me the pot, said "You have to turn both of them over."
Now, that's ridiculous. The other two mucked and no player asked to see my cards.
"I have a live hand, they don't," I said. "Who gets the pot if I don't?"
"You have to show both," she repeated.
I showed both cards, and collected the pot. No use making a stink about it.
At the break, I found Dale Carden, an excellent Tournament Director.
I explained what happened and asked if I, indeed, had to show both cards.
He told me no I didn't. He said if I stated I had a 10, he would make me show the 10. As long as I did that, I didn't have to show the other card. "Of course it's different if somebody's all in," he said. Of course.
I believe the Poker Grump posted on this topic before. (I'm too lazy to try and look it up. Maybe he could refer to it in a comment if he reads this.). He feels the same way I do.
I knew my hand was likely good on the river, so showed my 10. The other guys didn't show their hands, even though (because there was no river bet) the small blind would have to show first. I was just speeding up the game. The dealer penalized me (having to show both cards is a small penalty, yes, but something I would have rather not done) for doing so. My hand was good, my pot, end of story.