I've been lurking for awhile and thought it was time to start posting.
Got a couple of questions about rulings in a home game i host.
Two situations arose recently where I had to make a call about how the hand should proceed.
The first hand was:
Players A (2500), B(3000) and C(5000) are still in the hand after the river has come.
Player A bets 1200
Player B brings it up to 2000
Player C didn't say anything and the dealer assumed she was out (her cards may have been under the table - it was her first time playing)*
So the action went back to A who called.
B then flipped her cards at which point C stated that she was still in.
* I realise that not having your cards on the table is reason enough to kill your hand but I can't be sure whether C's cards were on the table, so I guess we have to assume they were, and this was dealer error. Mind you, the dealer directed the action to A who then took his time in calling and C didn't speak up.
My call, which I'm fairly certain in hindsight was a bad one, was that C could then decide whether to bet against B's exposed hand or fold. As it turned out she bet the extra 500 to put B all-in and B (another fairly new player) folded the nut-flush.
What's the protocol for acting out of turn or missing your turn? What should I have ruled in this stituation.
The second situation was kind of similar, but happened a few games later.
Again, the final round of betting. Player's D (4000), E(2300)(first time playing), F(4800) & G(3000) are in the hand.
D bets 1400.
E raises to 2300.
Then E flips her cards, before G and D have a chance to act.
I ruled that the remaining players could call or fold.
What's the ruling in this situation? Is E's hand dead?