Alright, here you go guys. Unfortunately, the hand is not dead based on the rules. I say unfortunately because I believe there are some scenarios where a player should get there hand killed. (best example, he shows it and than asks for advise, now if this happened I would go to rule #1 and kill this guys hand)
What happened in this scenario, could have easily controlled by the dealer. All the dealer had to say was, "1 player to a hand"! If the dealer would have said that, 100% the player would have put their hand back, face down and no penalty would even have to be issued.
Going further into the scenario, where the player got so far with keeping the hand exposed, to where is allowed seat # 6 to get up and take a peek at his hand. The situation was obviously not handled correctly by the dealer. So, as a TD, I will now have to issue a penalty to the player and treat it as the player, actually tabling the hand (the penalty will be a 1 round penalty straight away). On top of it, seat 6 needs to be schooled on proper etiquette and to protect the integrity of the game. Since player in seat 6, verbally said something with the cards in play, that might/could influence the action and the outcome of the hand. Is good enough reason for me to also give him a 1 round penalty as well!
It's not so much being to hard on the players. But, how would you feel if you were in the scenario where you got called because of someone said to your opponent "hey you should call" and go broke because of it!
Penalties, when given correctly, teaches players to play correctly.
Here is a guarantee, if a player is given a penalty, even though it's only for 1 hand (which is what I do when players, simply act out of turn). 99% of the time that same player will never do it again. 1% will be because that player is simply unteachable! Hahaha!
Thanks guys for the views and comments! More to come!