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An Interesting Situation

June 1, 2010
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I was playing some more satellites at the WSOP last night when my table ran into a unique situation.

Since each satellite is essentially a super-turbo SNG, there is no standardized tournament clock for these tournaments. Instead, each dealer is equipped with a timer and a laminated card showing the blind levels so that he or she can keep the game moving properly. And, in general, this seems to work.

Last night, however, one of my dealers made what I’m sure is a pretty common mistake — he misread the card and colored up the chips earlier than he should have. In our case, he took the 25 chips off the table before the start of the 100/200 level rather than at the start of the 200/400 level, which wouldn’t have been an issue if we weren’t supposed to play 15 minutes of 150/300 in between.

Unfortunately, no one at the table — me included — noticed the error until all of the chips were raced off. After sheepishly admitting his error, the dealer called the floor and explained what happened. The floor listened to the situation and then made what I thought was a very smart and fair ruling. Since we couldn’t undo the chip race, she said we would just play two rounds of 100/200 instead of the 150/300 level.

Simple, fair, easy and by far, the best floor decision I’ve seen so far in the cash/satellite section of the WSOP.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 11:07 pm

    Another reason why chips shouldn’t be raced off at all.

    There’s really no need to do it.

    Having said that, I think you got a fair ruling under the circumstances.

  2. June 15, 2010 5:13 pm

    Having said that, I think you got a fair ruling under the circumstances.
    +1

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