By Kelli Mix
Kelli is the author of the ‘Game Day Poker Almanac – Official Rules of Poker’. She lives in Carrollton, Georgia, where she is the state director for the Poker Players Alliance.
While playing in a poker tournament, three players were all-in. Player A held , Player B held , and Player C held . The flop came , at which point Player A said, “I can’t win,” and left the tournament table. The turn came the and the river the – leaving Player A with the winning hand. Who should get the pot?
This is considered an abandoned pot, but since cards speak, Player A does still win the pot. You should not award the pot to a losing hand, even if the winner has walked off. The chips should be pushed to his vacant seat and blinded off in the same fashion as if the player left unexpectedly for an emergency. If Player A returns, he can actually continue playing his stack. If this situation occurred in a live action game, the floorperson should rack and remove the chips from the table and follow the state’s gaming commission rules for abandoned winnings.
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