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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Event #6, Flight C - Nick Palma Accidentally Sends One Home

Event #6C: $400 NLH Multi Flight Re-Entry $125,000 Guaranteed
Level: 12
Blinds: 600/1,200
Ante: 200
Entries: 107
Current Players Remaining: 36
Avg. Chip Stack: 59,444
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A player moves all in for around 17,000 in early position.  Nick Palma, who has been talking a lot about being on the feature table, increasing viewership, and doing things "for the fans" (having even tweeted out about it), says, "I am raising this for the fans," apparently before looking at his cards or making any movement.

The dealer stops the action and says that Palma's verbal declaration is binding.  Palma asks that the floor be called over. The floor rules that it must be a raise.

"I am effectively all-in anyways," Palma says as he moves his remaining chips forward.

As the other players are folding, Palma says, "Well, I have a pretty good hand, so I guess it's fine either way."

After the big blind has folded Palma and his opponent turn over their cards.

Palma: KQ♣
Opponent: A♠K♠

The flop comes A64♣, increasing the at-risk player's lead when he makes a pair of aces.

The J♣ on the turn maintains that lead, but also gives Palma a gutshot straight draw.

The 10 on the river brings in the straight for Palma, and his opponent is eliminated from play.

"Thanks a lot floor," the player says semi light-heartedly as he prepares to exit the tournament area, "It was the right call, but man that sucks for me."

After they have moved on to the next hand, the whole table, including the dealer,  talk about the semantics of the hand. Palma insists that for the good of the game, the TD had discretion to rule that it wasn't a raise. The entire table disagrees, as does Palma's friend Mark Perry, who has come over to the table to see what all of the commotion is about.

"Yeah, but what if I said, 'I SHOULD raise this for the fans?'" Palma asks.

The dealer responds, "Then that would likely be different, but you didn't say the word should," as a few players at the table nod in agreement.  

Palma thinks for a another few seconds and then says, "Yeah, but what if I said, 'I am raising this,' without the 'for the fans' part?"

"It doesn't matter," a player at the table, not involved in the hand, says to Palma, "What if you had said, 'I am calling this for the fans?' Or what if you had just said, 'I am calling?' Would that be any different?"

Palma shrugs his shoulders, seemingly in agreement with the player.

"I mean, it worked out for me, but I am just not sure it was the best call by the floor," Palma concludes.

Nick Palma - 81,000