It's no secret that I don't really play poker any more. Some of my regular players would say I can't deal either, but that's a whole different topic of conversation. Being that I don't play these days, I admit to possibly being a little out of touch with new rules or different interpretations of rules that may have become common in the poker world. I try to stay current in case I ever decide to do something so insane as to deal a large tournament again ;)
At any rate, I had a conversation at a game the other night about checking the nuts...
I turn over a Queen for the river card, which puts a couple of straight possibilities out there. The board isn't paired and there are no flushes possible, so an Ace-high straight is going to be the stones for this hand.
The player in seat 8 makes a pot-sized bet. The player in seat 1, with three people to act behind him, makes a speech and then makes the call. Everyone else folds.
When the player in seat 1 turns over his Ace-high straight to scoop the pot, another player asks, "Dealer, is there a rule against that in this room?"
Me: "What, winning a pot?"
Player: "No, of checking or calling with the nuts."
Me: "Ummm, no."
Player: "That would be a penalty in a tournament."
Me: "Maybe in Lowball. You can't check a seven or better in Lowball, but I haven't heard of such a rule in Hold'em."
Player: "In the tournament I just dealt this summer at the Rio, that would definitely be against the rules."
Me: "Seems odd. They didn't have that rule the times I've dealt over there, but things could have changed I suppose."
The player in seat 1 had simply called in order to hopefully entice at least one of the players yet to act to add more money to the pot. It's not a play I would have made but I don't see anything wrong with it, either.
I think if you take away someone's ability to check or call when they have the best possible hand, you take away an essential part of the game. If I know for a fact that the maniac yet to act behind me is guaranteed to bet or raise the original bet, but will fold to any two-bet, I would definitely consider checking or calling in order to induce him to add his chips to the pot.
All of that is essentially beside the point. The only reason I bring this up is because I want to know, from those of you who dealt/played/whatever at the Rio this summer, is there a rule in a Hold'em tournament that says you cannot check or call with the nuts, that you are forced to bet, or raise, when the situation arises?