Controversial ruling caught on live stream

Was it an angle shoot, or a joke? Judge for yourself with this hand that got the poker world talking over the weekend.

As has often been written on this site, the Live At The Bike cash game streams show a side of high stakes cash games you don't always see on the polished high production broadcasts, and that's a good thing. They show poker how it is played, or argued about, in card rooms all over the world. 

Case in point, this unusual hand where a player called 'Armenian Mike' slides a chip tray across the table then takes it back, claiming hit was a joke, but the rest of the table thinks otherwise: 

What really had the poker community up in arms was more the fact that the floor manager delegated the ruling decision to Mike's opponent Ryan Feldman, rather than do it himself, which Garrett Adelstein, who was at the table, brought up later on in this video.

Thoughts on the ruling? Let us know in the comments:

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  • rompas


    Hes putting the chips in so obvious allin,, Terrible way it was handled by the floor
  • imgoingtomirage


    I agree with rompas and the commentators, if floorman isn't there to make a decision, what is he there for?
  • nutural


    the fact he has done it before (as mentioned) and made players fold makes it annoyingly obvious.
  • BarryCarter


    There are times NOT to make jokes, one is airport security, the other is pretending to go all-in at a live poker table.

    But this was clearly an angle