An interesting situation occurred last time I played $1/$2. I was parked in seat 5 while my opponent was in seat 8. Seats 9 and 10 were discussing strategy throughout the evening loud enough for most of us to hear. I had won a few hands were my bets produced folds from my opponents before showdown. Also, the few hands I lost I didn't have to show. Apparently, it came to a point where seats 9 and 10 were curious if I was bluffing a lot or had the goods. They would try to put me on a hand since I didn't show. I let them guess without telling them my hands.
That brings us to the hand of interest. $200 behind, I was dealt 10♠,10♣ in mid position and bet $12. Seat 8, a middle aged Asian with $75 behind, called. The two of us saw a flop of Q♦,3♥,5♣. I bet $15 and he called. Turn was Q♠ and I put him all-in. He called and the river was a K♦.
Here is where the situation gets interesting. Seat 9 mutters something. Since seat 8 called the turn, I am thinking there is a chance he has a Q. I'm looking at him and expecting him to say that he has a Q. Instead he says, "You need to show." At this point I'm definitely certain he does not have a Q. Since he called me, I turn over my 10♠,10♣ and at that point he flips over K♥,K♣.
Before this session, I don't remember the last time I raised my voice at a poker table. As soon as I saw his hand, I laid into him. "Why did you say I need to show? Don't you realize you just slowrolled me? What did you think I had? What were you afraid of... quads?" With a straight face he says, "Yes." Now, I am really confused. Is this guy really this clueless or is he just trying to tilt me. So I kept talking to seat 8 and at this point seat 9 speaks up and says, "I told him to ask you to show because it's valuable info." He mentions the hands I had bet and players in the hand had folded. Seat 10 chimes in by saying he understands how I could interpret seat 8's actions as a slowroll. But he also seems to agree with seat 9 that the value of seeing my hand was more important than etiquette.
So I ask you, was it a slowroll or do seats 8, 9, and 10 have a point?