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Chubby9811

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Tabling of Hand - Card Off Table
« on: March 14, 2024, 05:35:14 PM »
Tournament is down to 5/269.  Player A moves all in, Player B calls all in.  Player A tables their hand, AsKc.  Player B starts to table their hand and it catches the felt and both cards start to fly off table, video review shows that Player B did nothing out of ordinary and was attempting to table the hand appropriately.  Player B is able to stop 1 card and it lands face up on the rail.  Card 2 goes past rail, Player B catches the card in his hand, just above his lap.

Dealer unable to identify the two cards - other than they were both hearts. 

Cards were AhQh.

What would you rule and why?

Thanks
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Dave Miller

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Re: Tabling of Hand - Card Off Table
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2024, 06:25:22 AM »
It plays.

To kill the hand on a technicality is a mistake - particularly since the TDA is trying to get away from the ability to win based on a technicality.

If the player was attempting to do something stupid or fancy when tabling, then they can be given a warning. But the post indicates the opposite - the player was attempting to properly table the cards. Therefore, they should be retrieved and tabled, and the hand played out.

If you somehow think a card switch occurred, play out the hand, then verify that the deck is legit before awarding the pot. (A DeckMate 2 can do this in about 15 seconds...)
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Re: Tabling of Hand - Card Off Table
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2024, 02:56:32 AM »
Welcome Chubby9811
I agree with David.