You are the Tournament Director: Playing Three Card Omaha
JB: So he loses his raise, but he gets the re-raise back because Player B hasn’t called it yet?
The Mob Verdict
The ruling for this is really dependent on where you are. In some places the three card hand is dead but the hand plays out. Jack would rule that as the players don’t have the correct cards the hand is completely void. Jack is confident in this ruling but if there was considerable action we could see some players being very upset.
Matt would let the player take back any uncalled raise but forfeit any other chips already in the pot and Marty sees it this way as well. It is the player’s responsibility to make sure that he has the correct number of cards. Poker is a visual game and we like Matt’s approach here best as then no other players in the pot are penalised apart from the player who isn’t paying enough attention.
Another thing to consider is that if the player with three cards knows he has three cards and that he will get a refund if he raises and then later announces that he only has three cards he could use this as an angle and take it as a free-roll.
Liam would allow the player to play the three cards. We can remember a ruling in Dublin once where the player was given the option of playing three cards and when he was re-raised he then re-raised himself all-in!
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