You are the Tournament Director Series 2: We Should Check This Out
In a No Limit Hold-em tournament a player holding 9, 9 moves all-in for about 500 chips. They are called by two players each of who have about 1,500 chips in total.
They both check the flop and before the turn card is dealt one of them says, 'I think we should check this out'. The other one says 'OK' and they both expose their hands.
The all-in player protests but the dealer goes ahead and deals the turn and river cards. The nines were in front but the river is a queen, making one of the other players a bigger pair.
At this point you are called to the table.
This actually happened at the WSOP. The player with the pocket 9’s was Vicky Coren.
We agree with Luke and with Mel. This is as clear a case of collusion as possible. Giving a time penalty is of no help to the victim in this case and does not serve natural justice. Had the players said nothing and checked it out then there would have been little Vicky or a TD could have done but by agreeing verbally to do so and then turning their cards over it is a strong enough offence to rule both hands dead and to award Vicky the pot.
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