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Controversy at Table 51: The Oversized-Chip Rule
Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante
Late in the last level at Table 51, a player (who later calls himself a "foreign national") raises from early position to 1,500, and everyone folds to the big blind. The big blind has two chips in front of him, a 500 and a 100. In a simultaneous motion, he pulls back the 100 chip and tosses in a 5,000 chip.
The dealer announces "raise" without confirming it with the player, and the original raiser quickly moves all in. At that point, the big blind claims that he didn't raise; he only called the bet. Minor chaos ensues.
By the time the floorperson arrives, the big blind's cards have been mucked by the dealer, so his hand is dead regardless of the ruling.
TD John Nieznanski is called over for a ruling, and he declares that the oversized-chip rule still applies -- if a player tosses in a single oversized chip, it's considered a call. The fact that the big blind left a 500 chip out there is irrelevant.
The big blind is forced to call the 1,500 (receiving change from his 5,000 chip), but since his cards have been mucked, the hand is over and the original raiser wins the pot.
As you might expect, not everyone is happy with this ruling. Josh Arieh argues the point that this ruling opens the door for possible angle-shooting, and describes a similar situation where a raise would seem obvious, but it still fit within the confines of the rule. Nieznanski says that the oversized-chip rule would still apply, which didn't seem to satisfy Arieh.
The player who won the pot is also upset, as he feels that he should have received the entire 5,500 that the big blind had in front of him. The player says something like, "You only ruled against me because I'm a foreign national and he is an American."
TD John Nieznanski says, "I rule the same, whether it's my ex-wife who I hate, or my daughter who I love."
As the next hand is dealt, the players at the table decide to bet on which country the "foreign national" is from. They make their guesses, but nobody correctly picked his home country of Afghanistan. One player guessed Iran, and the other players decided that was "close enough."
02:24 PM, 10/16/10