You are the Tournament Director Series 2: I Do Not Fold
The following was a post on The Mob forum by Xanman on 8 may 2006
I was recently playing Texas Hold 'em with some co-workers and after the river I went all-in. Everyone else folded except for one player. He thought about it for quite awhile... exclaimed "I do not fold" and then flipped over his cards. I flipped mine (4 of a kind which beat his pair of Aces) and went to take his chips (I was the chip leader) and he said that he did not call. I said that was bulls*%t, but unfortunately, my fellow co-workers agreed with him.
How would you deal with a player making the verbal declaration ‘I do not fold’ and then exposing his hole cards in a tournament?
If the person making the verbal declaration had the better hand, i.e., he had convinced the other player to turn his hand over, I would confirm that he was still calling the bet but would still apply a penalty after the hand for exposing his hand.
This is very interesting with some differences of opinion. Both Luke and Thomas force the player to call the bet, Danny and Matt don’t and give the player the option. Roy says it depends but it looks like he might force the call and Mel doesn’t give the player any option at all – he calls his hand dead and gives him a penalty!
One thing that comes from this is that it is far from clear and players should be encouraged to make sure that all action is clear before exposing their cards. The all in player has definitely made a mistake by turning his hand over before clarifying that the action is complete.
There are clearly two ways to go on this. If, as in this case, the player appears to be shooting an angle and is trying to get the all in player to expose his hand then despite the fact that he has not technically called we might well force him to do so. He would not try the same stroke again in a hurry. If however it is not overwhelmingly clear that the player was deliberately trying to take a free shot at the pot then we would simply treat it as a case of exposing a hand which was dealt with here.
We feel such a case has to be taken on its merits. If there is substantial doubt that the player meant his verbal declaration to be taken as a call then we would treat it in the same way as exposing cards without the speech play. He can call if he wishes and he will receive a 10 minute penalty. Repeat offences would have a more serious penalty.
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