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Contracts and Poker: Balancing Tables

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Jun 05, 2019


A tournament pays 30 places. When there are 36 players left, they are distributed at four tables of 10, 10, 8, and 8 players. Is the Tournament Director obligated to move players in order to balance the tables? If I could change one TDA Rule, it would probably be Rule 10, captioned “Balancing Tables and Halting Play.” You would expect to find in this rule some guidance on when the TD should balance tables, but except for what we might deduce, there is no general rule. Rule 10 is divided into four parts. Subsection A tells us which seat a player who is moved is moved to, which is sort of putting the cart before the horse, since we don’t yet know when a player should be moved. Subsection B applies only to mixed games. Subsection C advises that “[t]he table from which a player is moved will be specified ...

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