As we wind towards the close of play yet more drama around the vexed rule of a round penalty if you act out of turn, with shouting and accusations of players deliberately hiding cards to gain an advantage.
This ends up with Paul Romain (who has acted out of turn, and thinks the player has put his cards behind his chips and therefore he should not receive a penalty) getting a penalty and erupting like Vesuvius at the TD, other players and pacing the casino like a wounded Rhino with a Roulette fetish
He says to Dave Robinson, the other party "You are out of order" and I have deleted the expletives
Bed cannot come too soon for most of this field!
hmm....yes I will admit to a bit of an eruption :-(
I was absolutely furious at the time and not in much of a better mood today. This was the 11th level of a long day. To the best of my knoweldge there hadnt been a single incident of anyone acting out of turn on our table all day to this point. I was in c/o in seat 6, and looked down at my cards and then back up at the players to my right. I saw no cards at all. There was a player two to my right who had his hands nearly flat on the table in front of me and who was staring straight ahead and didn't appear to be engaged in the hand any more. I looked at the dealer and that instant he was looking directly at me - so I folded. The dealer looked to the player to my left who raised. After a while a voice pipes up from seat 4 "Aren't you going to say anything?" (aimed at the dealer). Dealer "what?". Seat 4 "They've acted out of turn". Dealer * blank look*
At this point I look over to figure out why Seat 4 is complaining as i STILL can't see any cards in front of him. I lean back and forth trying to get a view. In the end I have to lean right over behind seat 5, virtually standing up out of my seat to see that , yes indeed Seat 4 has two cards that are completely concealed underneath his hands. "how am i supposed to see your cards underneath your hands mate" i say.
Seat 4 now calls Dena over, whilst now half withdrawing his hands so that his cards are in clear view. I request that he places his hands back where they were originally which he refuses to do. Dena asks the dealer whether the cards had been concealed. He says not. I am far from convinced that the dealer even saw the action was still on 4 himself but there is no arguing with the dealer stating this as a fact and I am given a penalty, which results in me not playing another hand that night.
Dena was good enough to come up and apologise to me afterwards, which i reciprocated to her for my reaction, for she could only go on what she was told. I remain convinced that this was an unfair penalty, for a genuine mistake - and a first one at that - after a very long day and when the circumstances were at the very least worthy of some benefit of the doubt and a warning being given, and at worst some pretty poor gamesmanship