Hi, can people give me their opinions on what "should" have happened here?
Local "friendly" game, £10 buy-in, £10 re-buys up to 9:30, play to finish. Middle of the game 4 players remain after the blinds. Flop comes down 2s, Jh, 4d. P1 goes All-in (short-stacked) all 3 others call. Turn is 5h, all check. River is Qc, P2 & P3 check, P4 pauses a long time, then asks if the other two had checked (there's a lot of chit-chat and noise going on, on and around the table). P1 thinks
P4 has checked so flips his cards over showing a straight. P4 calls foul saying that he hadn't made his mind up yet and that P1 showing his hand had materially affected his actions. His argument was that he might
have bet when he was in with a chance of the main pot, but as he couldn't beat the straight he wasn't going to bet for a possible side pot. P1 had the best hand overall
On the night the pot was split 4 ways - I don't think that was right.
What do you think?
I think that
- P4 was being a bit pedantic for a friendly club game
- P1 should have verified the hand was over before showing his cards, if he didn't he has to take a penalty
- P1 later claimed the dealer had said that all had checked - I guess that makes it the dealers fault, but the dealer wasn't a current player so couldn't be penalised.