It’s a relatively new poker rule but it’s in the books. Players cannot check the nuts on the river when they are last to act. The rule is there to prevent collusion but it doesn’t come up very often. It might happen a little more in Omaha tournaments and we just had one at Table 39.
The 4-seat, we will not mention his name unless he wins, did just that when he was holding the nut straight with no low on the board. He was last to act and showed his hand. “I didn’t even know I had the nuts,” he tried to bargain his way out of the penalty, “I thought I just had two pair.”
No matter, he was given the penalty but it was reduced from one orbit down to two hands. “Put him in the corner,” yelled a player from the Table 40.
Players are back from their dinner break and 30 players remain but that should change in a hurry as the limits climb over the next few hours. Very soon the final three tables will be sitting in the far corner of The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock all the way to the final table.
“Get over here and look at this!” the 6-seat yelled to anyone who would listen.
Sitting in the middle of the table were his pocket Aces which he picked up on the first hand of the tournament in the big blind only to get a walk at his short-handed table. “I won’t see aces again this tournament.”
The field is slowing filing in and 71 players are currently showing on the tournament clock. Still 3 levels of registration and re-entry for those on their way to The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock.
Event 4 of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” is underway, the $300 buy-in tournament has a $30,000 guaranteed prizepool with registration and re-entries open until 8:15pm. Players will begin with 8,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels with a break every four levels.
Cards are in the air and we will continue to bring live updates from the tournament floor.