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Two Big Blinds in a Row is a Misdeal for Brandon Steven
Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
What happens when the button stays in the same place two hands in a row, but a player still acts as if it had moved? Well, in this case, the hand was declared a misdeal.
John Krpan had the button twice in a row, leaving Allen Kessler in the small blind position and Brandon Steven in the big blind position. The dealer may or may not have moved the button, because it was arguably close to the no-man's land between Krpan and Kessler.
Brandon Steven knew he was just the big blind, so he put out the small blind of 8,000. The problem is that Kessler wasn't paying as close attention, saw the button to his right, and also put out a small blind. Bobby Suer, who should have been the big blind, saw two blinds to his right and didn't pay anything. The dealer, seeing two blinds, dealt to them first.
So Brandon Steven is the only one who acted properly, and he has the most to lose, since he would be paying the big blind twice. Steven stops the dealer, but not until the first two players had already folded. Generally, once two players have acted, the hand will continue.
Steven is adamant that he would not be paying the big blind, because he acted properly. He wants to declare the hand a misdeal, since nobody has the proper cards. Steven is smiling, but you get the sense that if the ruling goes against him, he would raise quite a ruckus.
A floorperson is called over, and then it goes up the ladder to TD John Nieznanski, and then it goes all the way to Head TD Jack McClelland so there will be no doubt.
While everyone is deliberating, Annette Obrestad, who was next to act when action stopped, puts out a raise. (This doesn't affect the ruling in any way.) Steven asks her what she is doing, and she says she is raising in case they rule to continue the hand. Steven tells Annette that she probably hasn't even looked at her cards, but Annette says that she actually has a good hand.
Annette adds, "I don't remember the suits, but I do know which cards I have." Steven then points out that he hasn't even looked at his own cards yet. "I'm probably gonna flop the nuts, even though I don't know what I have."
TD Jack McClelland finishes the deliberations and declares the hand a misdeal -- none of the players have their proper cards. A key factor in the decision is the fact that Brandon Steven acted properly -- he knew he was the small blind, and that's what he paid. The Bellagio staff is going to have a meeting before play tomorrow to discuss this situation in more depth.
09:24 PM, 10/18/10