What Is A Showdown In Poker?
In poker, a showdown occurs when all the active players remaining in the hand reveal their hole cards after the final betting round.
During the showdown, and based on the best possible five-card combination that each player remaining in the hand can put together, the hand's winner is determined.
Furthermore, the showdown rule states that the player who took the last aggressive action on the final betting round needs to show their hand first. This allows his opponents to forfeit their hand by mucking without showing their losing hand if they choose to.
Poker Showdown Example:
Let’s say you are playing a $5/$10 Texas Holdem poker game and 2-bet preflop from the cutoff when everyone folds to you. The button and small blind folds and the big blind calls, so you go to the flop.
In this situation, you need to show your hand first since you made the last aggressive action on the river. If your opponent can beat your hand, he will show it and take down the pot, but if you have the winning combination, he can just muck his hand without showing.