Originally Posted by roninmac
Well, the tournament where I saw this happen was a WPT event in either the first or second season and I was wondering if they still did this, or if this was just a rule used by that particular casino, or if it's use was more widespread.
If you can remember the episode number let us know, I'd be happy to have a look (I haven't followed the WPT closely for years, but I've still got the first two seasons on DVD at home).
That said I'd be very
surprised if this was allowed to happen at any major casino, especially one hosting a WPT event. It certainly wouldn't be a normal rule. I can think of a couple of possible explanations for what you might have seen though:
- If one player called for 8000 and everyone else (including the small blind) folded, then that player would get the 3000 extra back and they'd just play for the remaining chips against the big blind. It's possible the on-screen graphics just showed "call 5000" because it was simpler, especially if everybody else folded quickly.
- If everyone folds around to the small blind then there's nobody else to act afterwards, and obviously if they want to stay in the hand all they need to do is call the extra 1000, rather than putting in 4000 more and getting 3000 back.