Originally Posted by cgraham86
Yep, he should be present for a bet like that. He can't phone it in.
Some house rules specify that if a player doesn't show within a specified amount of time their chips are either dead or split amongst the other players, but obviously the fairest version of this is to just let the blinds do their job.
I agree with this. I guess if you announce the rule ahead of time, then it's "fair" to keep their money but pull their chips off, but I just don't see the point. If you want people to be on time so you can get things started more easily, I understand that and there are ways to encourage that. But once you've started without them being present, I don't see why you'd have a cutoff time as long as you have or know that you'll have their money.
I think the rule that a player has to be seated at the table by the end of the deal or his cards are mucked would justify not allowing the player to call in any action. We normally bend that rule until it's the player's turn, like if they're running back from the bathroom or something, but that's quite different than calling from some other location.
His chips came in 13th out of 19. In terms of time he lasted about 2-1/2 hours out of a 4-hour tournament.