Collusion at Live Tournaments -
So I was in a big tournament, made it to the final table, was chip leader, lost a gigantic portion of my stack in a giant hand, and was on the verge of tilt. I made a come back through some small hands, and was permenantly removed from the vicinity of tilt. Then, on a break, another player at the table came up to me while I was having my cigarrete, and told me he suspected the two opponents of chip dumping.
Villain A is big stack, Villian B is short. Villain A and B get in an isolated pot, Villain A bets, villain B raises, villain A folds, regardless of size of raise. While this could your typical tournament play (very few hands went to showdown, let alone a turn), after he pointed it out to me I noticed it kept happening, in every pot that got isolated between them. (Every one of villain B's big blinds that was folded to villain A, who was the small blind, every time a three or more way flop happened once everybody else was folded out) And it essentially kept Villain B in the game.
In situations such as this, obviously I don't have proof other than my suspicion, but with the amount of money on the line (had I outlasted Villain B, which I would have without help, my payday would have nearly doubled...)
Possibly it was me being naive, or susceptable to suggestion in an unfamiliar situation, and maybe they weren't colluding at all, but to this day I highly suspect it.
My question is this: What kind of steps can one take to report this, short of making a blatent accusation in front of the remaining players in a tournament and the final table rail, which of course you don't have anything but my word to take it on? Pull the tournament director aside and ask him to watch them? In the span of a few orbits, they could realise they're being watched and stop cheating, or their chips could be high enough to not risk being eliminated.
I'd love some information from players who have experienced this, tournament directors, or just people well versed in the makings of casinos
Had they not been working together I would have had a much better shot at quadruplinig my money, instead of winning $10k I could have won almost $40k... And that, as they say, would have been sweet.