Author Topic: Rule 52: Non-standard and Unclear Betting  (Read 573 times)

Uniden32

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Rule 52: Non-standard and Unclear Betting
« on: September 10, 2016, 11:17:14 AM »
Currently rule 52 reads:

52: Non-Standard & Unclear Betting
Players use unofficial betting terms and gestures at their own risk. These may be interpreted to mean other than what the player intended. Also, if a declared bet can reasonably have multiple meanings, it will be ruled the lesser value. Ex: NLHE 200-400 blinds, player declares “I bet five.” If it is unclear whether “five” means 500 or 5,000, the bet is 500. See Rules 2, 3 & 42. See Illustration Addendum.

with the Addendum reading:

Rule 52: Non-Standard and Unclear Betting
“Also, whenever a declared bet can reasonably have multiple meanings, it will be ruled the lesser value.”

If a declared bet technically has multiple values, TDs may use discretion to determine what value is most reasonable and in the best interest of the game. Decision factors may include but are not limited to such considerations as: 1) keeping it the lower amount to enforce betting discipline, 2) recent betting increments and 3) bet values relative to the current pot size.

I believe this causes confusion for both players and floor alike who only read the first part and rule the lesser value in every situation.  Wouldn't it be prudent to simply add

"If a declared bet technically has multiple values, TDs may use discretion to determine what value is most reasonable and in the best interest of the game. Decision factors may include but are not limited to such considerations as: 1) keeping it the lower amount to enforce betting discipline, 2) recent betting increments and 3) bet values relative to the current pot size."

to Rule 52 and use the addendum to show the examples ?
Ralph Brandt
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Isle Casino - Pompano Beach, FL
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