You Are The Tournament Director

    • StartlingGrope
      StartlingGrope
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      Joined: 08.06.2014 Posts: 67
      Here in the UK there's a very famous quiz that has been running for several years called 'You Are The Ref'. The premise is simple: The writer describes an unusual occurrence that might happen in a football game (like the crossbar falling onto a goalkeeper during a penalty shootout and knocking him unconscious) and you have to take the role of the referee to make the correct decision.

      I thought it might be interesting to do a similar thing with poker. There won't necessarily be a right or wrong answer as things tend to be less well defined but it would be interesting to hear people's thoughts on what they think should happen if they were the tournament director and something strange happened. Here's the first one:

      Two players are all in pre-flop with 10,000 chips each. One has AA and the other has KK. The flop is 4AK. The turn card is another A, giving one player quads. Three players who aren't in the hand and the player with quads tell the dealer that he might as well not bother dealing the river card as there's no point. The dealer agrees and starts collecting in the cards. The player with kings then protests and says that the pot should be split because the hand wasn't played to the finish.

      As the tournament director, you're called to make a decision. What do you do?
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    • Mark1790
      Mark1790
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      Joined: 14.09.2010 Posts: 239
      Sack the dealer.
      Tell the bloke with KK unlucky and seeing as you know the rules
      you can deal the rest of the tournie cuz u is out!!!
    • lynius
      lynius
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      Joined: 15.01.2011 Posts: 382
      Originally posted by Mark1790
      Sack the dealer.
      Tell the bloke with KK unlucky and seeing as you know the rules
      you can deal the rest of the tournie cuz u is out!!!
      +1

      If player protests, suggest a free ticket (of equivalent value to the tournament entry) if he can name one card that would win him the hand.

      As with most situations, there are usually a list of tournament rules for likely events:


    • lynius
      lynius
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      Joined: 15.01.2011 Posts: 382
      Two players are all-in pre-flop and turn over their cards:

      AsAd vs AsKh

      The deck is obviously faulty (with two ace of spades in play). Here the players are obviously waiting for five cards on the community to see the outcome. Is the hand void?

      2nd) AsAs v KdKh

      similar situation, but one of the players (AA) did not protect the other players in the tournament.

      3rd) AsAs v KsKs

      neither players protected the interests of the other players in the tournament, yet the deck is even more faulty

      As the tournament director, you're called to make a decision. What do you do?

      (i thought of this situation as day one of the wsop main event (can't remember which year), one player turned over his pocket aces right away, rest of the table was confused and he pointed out they were both spades).