Phan tells the dealer he is not going all-in, but he was wondering if he could borrow the button for the minute.
The dealer warily hands it to him and he begins to use it as a coin. He gives it a small toss in the air and it lands face-down right in front of him. He tries to give it another small toss and it nearly gets away from him.
On the third toss, Phan hefts it a little higher and it lands face-down on the other side of the betting line. There is a beat before Phan reaches in and pulls the button back.
"That's a call," Carson says. Phan does not seem to agree. A floorman is paged to the table to hear the situation and Phan pleads his case that he told the dealer he was just borrowing the button, not using it to move all-in.
The table seems to agree with Carson that it should be ruled a call.
Tournament Director Matt Savage is paged to the table and as soon as he hears that Phan asked for the button, he tells him, "You're all-in." Savage even adds that asking for the button is called "the John Phan rule" before walking away.
Phan had top pair, Carson had middle set, Phan went home, anglers never win.
3) Poker After Dark Returns with Cash-Game Episodes
According to a report from the Wicked Chops Insider, NBC Sports is unveiling some previously unaired episodes of Poker After Dark starting March 5th.
New episodes will feature shows shot in December 2010 and include 24 cash-game shows (4 weeks) and 6 sit-n-go episodes (1 week).
Let’s hope there are some very awkward Howard Lederer moments and/or more of this:
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