yesterday i played a freerole at noble poker, not the CC one, one of their open ones, 500 players if remember correctly
when the tourney started about half the players were sitting out, not unusual for a freerole, you often see many latecomers and some no-shows, but that is how it remained, none of these sitters out turned up
after a while i noticed something odd was happening, when it was a sitter out's turn for the big blind the site did not post and fold for them but posted and checked
i watched several players in one against one situations actually loose hands to the bb who was sitting out by not betting but checking to the showndown and the sitter out having the better cards, whilst this was amusing it did seem strange
as the tourney proceeded and the blinds increased it got to the stage where the sitters out had to go all-in to post the bb, in this situation even if you bet against them, their hands were not folded but protected by their all-in status and, if they had the best cards at the showdown they doubled up, this enabled them to post their next bb and eventually go all-in again and if they were lucky double up again
some of them just could not be got rid of and were still there when the tourney got to its lower paid places, i'm not sure if any of these sitter outs were the ones who been missing from the start but it would explain why there were so many of them
it all seemed a bit mad to me, am i mistaken but poker sites
usually fold the cards of people sitting out, not check them?