You are the Tournament Director Series 3: Mixing Chip Stacks
This one was posted on the Mob Forum by ‘onehand’ and happened in a self deal MTT at the Circus Casino Nottingham.
A friend of mine was in a big pot for a few thousand chips which he wins when the dealer (who is also playing but is not in the hand) pushes over all the chips that my mate had won from the hand and by mistake gets all his own chips mixed up in them. So basically my mate has about 7,000 from winning the hand and 4,000 given to him from the dealer. How he managed to mix his chips in with the pot is beyond me!
Anyway after a few seconds when my mate starts staking his chips the dealer realises what he has done and asks for his chips back to which my mate says ‘Hold on, I didn’t take your chips and you cant tell me exactly how many you had! So the table starts giving my mate some shit, so he calls over one of the organisers for a ruling and this guy says "its up to the table, but he don’t have to give the chips back if he don’t want to". My mate gets shit for the next 5mins about this and in the end they all settle for the guy getting 4,000 back.
I’ve never seen this happen before, sounds like the guy could have been on a con or something, its one easy way to make some free chips.
Anyway what would the correct ruling be?
The Mob Verdict
It seems like all our tournament directors are in general agreement here. David Lamb points out that the player has no right to those chips and of course he is correct. The pot should be reconstructed as best as possible. Matt says that if everyone can’t agree on exact amounts then the lower suggested calculation should be used as it was the dealer’s own error and that seems fair enough. It is important for everyone to try and be fair when doing this though.
It is always preferable to have a separate dealer if at all possible and this is one of the reasons why but it has to be accepted that sometimes a separate dealer isn’t always an option and that players have to work the best they can within the self deal game.
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