Monday, November 6, 2017 4:30 PM Local Time
Jasthi Kumar Puts James Carroll in a Spot
Jasthi Kumar opens the cutoff with a big raise to 250,000. James Carroll calls on the button, and the blinds fold out of the way. That's where things get interesting.
The dealer burns a card to prepare for the flop. As she does, Kumar begins moving chips forward — first one barrel and then another. The dealer already has the three flop cards face-down in front of her by this point, and as she prepares to turn them face-up, Kumar reaches out to stop her. "All in," he says.
Sensing some confusion, the dealer tries to assess what Kumar intends. "Are you all in dark?" she asks. Kumar explains that he misinterpreted Carroll's action as a re-raise, and he was trying to four-bet shove preflop.
The floor supervisor is called, and everyone has a chance to explain their side of the story. Nobody seems to think Kumar was taking a shot, but there are rules that govern situations like this. The supervisor rules that Kumar's chips must stay in the pot.
"Protection against angles," Carroll says at one point. "I'm not saying that's what you're doing, but that has to be the ruling."
The flop comes , and the action is on Carroll. He literally laughs out loud. "God... you gotta give me that flop?" He sinks into the tank and asks for the count. It's 1,050,000, about 40 percent of Carroll's remaining stack. After maybe two or three minutes of letting Kumar squirm, though, he surrenders.
Kumar wins a dramatic one.
Jasthi Kumar - 1,635,000 (41 bb)
James Carroll - 2,600,000 (65 bb)