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"Action Changed" - w/ regards to betting out of turn
« on: June 20, 2010, 09:24:14 AM »
Hi all,

This was a situation in a cash hand we had a moment ago, but would also have applied to our tournaments too so i thought i'd put it out here.

Play gets to a flop heads up in a 1/2 NLHE game.  The PFR has bet on the flop, but out of turn, for 30 (approxi-pot sized bet for those interested in that sort of detail :)).  Not realising this, the PFC has bet out for 26, in turn, a few seconds later.  The question therefore is two(/three) fold:

1). How should this be ruled?

2). Our understanding of the TDA Rules (which our house rules are strongly structured by), is that in certain instances action out of turn may be binding, and we generally go by whether "action" has changed.  What is the definition of "action", in this instance?  Should we abandon this house sub-rule?

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Re: "Action Changed" - w/ regards to betting out of turn
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010, 11:13:48 AM »
 You will have to forgive me, I don't know what those abreviations are. I can figure out the situation because the action was head's up. I would tell the out of turn bettor that it was not his bet and the correct bet of 26 be the wager. This is interesting because substantial action would be tough to call with two players, wouldn't it? The out of turn bettor must understand that he can not benefit in any way by his action. In my opinion, he may reduce his 30 down to 26, or he could even raise, but I would not allow him to retract his complete bet unless he was mislead by the dealer or it was completely unintentional. If he becomes a repeat offender, I would even allow the opposing player to raise his out of turn bet. Think about how this action could disrupt any game. I was dealing a 7 card stud ($10 and $20) game once and after dealing the last card down to the two remaining players, the player with the high board said " I check and call," while tossing $20 into the pot. The other player just looked at me with a look of confusion on his face. I knew what he did was wrong but, how do you explain it? I told him he could not do that, and he said "why not?" I told him that his action was deliberate and if he repeats that action again, I would even allow an opposing player to raise his out of turn bet. There are rules for out of turn bettors. In my opinion they don't need that much explaination....Out of turn is not allowed, so when a player acts out of turn, there WILL be consiquences, not we might do this, or we might do that, or you may, or may not be liable for your action. Take a stand, be firm, especially when the action is intentional. A player who thought that it was their turn to bet and bets by mistake, or is mislead by the dealer is a different situation, isin't it? I think you will know the difference. Remember to always consider the intent of the player. Some players have a reputation for making those moves, so act accordingly.
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Re: "Action Changed" - w/ regards to betting out of turn
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 07:46:05 AM »

I don't see any real major issues with what you have described.  I would let the 26 stand as the bet and bind the other player who bet 30 to a call 26 only on that street.  If he had bet 14 out of turn and the other player had bet the 26 I would bind him to either complete 12 or fold.

Action changing may be considered if for example his bet had been 52 (2 x the 26) which would require further examination to determine if I would let the raise go or force him to call only.

With regards to your question about house rules, I would say action changing does not really take effect to this case, I would class it as a simple act out of turn and bind him to passive play with regards to the other players bet of 26, Depending on the player I would then look at a warning or penalty.

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Re: "Action Changed" - w/ regards to betting out of turn
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 09:00:23 PM »
While the OP is a cahs game, the TDA rulke gives clear guidance iin this scenario, IMO.

29.   Verbal Declarations / Acting in Turn
Verbal declarations in turn are binding.  Players are required to act in turn.  Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that player has not changed.  A check, call or fold is not considered action changing.

Player A (first to act and the pre flop caller, PFC)

Player B (Pre flop raiser, PFR)

Player B acts out oif turn (OOT) and bets 30 immediately before Player A puts in a bet of 26.

Player A's bet of 26 changes the action as described above.  Player B's bet of 30 is now no longer binding.  Since Player A did bet, Player B should have his full range of options, if thiis is his first offense.  If he has been warned before, limiting him to a call or a fold would be reasonable.

RRoP says a player who "CHECKS" OOT may not bet or raise when the action is correctly on him.


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Re: "Action Changed" - w/ regards to betting out of turn
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 02:26:21 AM »
Because of a lot of problems might occur during this hand i would stop the play , and explain to the players what the options are and then let player A take his bet back and start his action over again, leaving him the full range of options, that means he can bet from minimumbet to the full range,or check.
This will almost all the times solve the situation.

if check then Bs bet stands.
If the bet from A is more than Bs out of turn bet then B has the options to fold(gets the bet back) call och raise.
If the bet from As is less then Bs bet (but not small enough to make the betting open again) i would force B to make the call.
and here is the tricky part
If A bets less and enough to make Bs out of turn bet a full raise then i would also force B to make that raise making it possible for A to Re-Reraise( although this is pretty close to angle shooting) the player A should not be forced to anything because of Player Bs error.
Protect the non faulty player should be the main interrest.
Then also give a varning to player B for acting out of turn.