17
Apr

Ruling!

For some tables, rulings are an excuse for impassioned argument, even hearty complaint, regardless of which rules are enforced by the floor.  For others, it’s just a bit of facilitation when the wheels of acting in turn or with correct etiquette come off a bit, and the rules are obeyed and everyone just moves on with their lives.  Luckily, Table 34 is one of the latter.

Four players saw an Ah Kc 4s flop.  Seamus Devlin checked first to act, Ronan Gilligan bet 2,500, called by Timo Vogt and Elizabeth Martin in turn (Devlin folding).

Turn: 5s.  Gilligan checked, Vogt did nothing at all, and Marting moved all-in for 7,475.  Spot the problem with that part?

The dealer called the floor, who ruled that it was Vogt’s turn to act, and should his action change her decision, she could change her mind.

Smiling, Vogt said, “Let me think…” and checked; Martin’s bet stood.  Both potential opponents ended up folding anyway and Vogt said, “I very much doubt you would have changed your mind – I am correct in this assumption?”  Martin nodded agreement and scooped a pot that nearly doubled her stack.

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