So I have a scenario i'd like an opinion on.
Just happened to me at a live game.
I'm in early position and I look down at AA the pot is limped for $3.
I raise to $12 into $8 (which was prob a small raise considering the action at the table)
And i get called in two spots button and small blind.
So pot's $38, flop comes Q high with 2 clubs.
Gets checked to me, I bet $26.
Button calls (loose player) and blind folds.
Turn pairs 9s. I go all in for $87 bc I really don't want to get out drawn.
Button calls and river is a blank red deuce.
Now here's where it gets strange.
I flip over my aces, and button mumbles something like, "Aww unlucky on that 9" and as he goes to flip his cards over.
They land face down, so dealer immediately mucks them.
And he says he didn't mean to muck his hand.
So the dealer calls floorman.
And the floor asks, "Whos aces?"
Dealer points to me. And the floor says its the players responsibility to protect their hand. But that he'll cover the buttons bet.
Awards the pot to aces.
Now even though he claimed to have a 9, and meant to "showdown".
Was the ruling fair?
Should I feel like i cheated bc the button claimed to have the best hand and just made a mistake in flipping his cards?