A situation came up at a live tournament "the other day" as it were:
Five players remaining, blinds are 3K/6K.
It goes fold, fold, and then the button raises it up to 17K.
This is where a strange and unfortunate thing happened.
The dealer pulled folded the cards in, accidentally taking with them
the button's cards as well. It was a pure accident, just "one of those
things." The SB folds more or less simultaneously, but as it comes to
the BB, the button exclaims "where's my cards?" drawing the
attention of all at the table that he had no cards.
The BB looks up, waits for a few seconds, realises that he is the only
one with "live" cards at the table and calls for a formal ruling.
If you are the TD, what do you do?
What is your ruling?
btw: This is not a blame game situation, so for the sake of this
particular situation forget about the dealer's actions, they were purely
accidental and not (really) relevant to the eventual outcome.
(there is a cause and effect, but ignore that, and just concentrate on
the actual ruling itself - okay!).
Simply, what happens to the chips on the table . . . . who gets what?