re: Poker & my first live tourney
well, it is not unusual at all for regs to know eachother's names and be friendly with the floor staff. They might even have a tiny bit of sway with the floorstaff and while not 100% legit it is a pretty minor thing if a floor decision is pretty close they might side with the reg. NOT because of collusion so much as trust, they know this person, they know this person knows and understands the rules, they have to make a ruling and they have to use all the available evidence to them. When all other factors are equal then the good reputation of a reg might tip the scales. And if the reg has a bad reputation with the floor staff, it may tip the scales the other way.
But what you are talking about doesn't really sound like collusion to me, it sounds like you are uncomfortable with live poker. There are lots of stare downs and such in live poker, all the time.
The one thing that sounds weird is the floor person NOT moving the next BB when he was supposed to, and then moving you instead. They shouldn't do that.
However, I don't think that was collusion. First off, if there was a group of colluders at that table they would want YOU to stay since you are their most likely mark.
Also, the type of "group collusion" you are talking about isn't really prevalent or profitable in tournament poker. it is more of a cash game technique. Where they are splitting winnings and their main goal is to fleece you of your money and so 1 guy in the hand might jack up the pot with trash in order to run you into his buddie's aces or something like that.
In a cash game 1 "fish" at the table can be profitable for the entire rest of the table, and so they might "slow play eachother" and concentrate on you. This is not really the case in tourneys.
But if you really feel like you were being cheated, and you feel like the floor staff was in on it, then you shouldn't go back there. Most places I've been to are very honest. I've played live poker in over 30 casinos now and only once did I feel like something was a little bit "off"