Ruling! #12 – Asleep at the Table

By Kelli Mix | February 2, 2010

The Scenario

A player falls asleep at the table due to his medication and is unable to be awoken. He is in the big blind and there has been no raise pre-flop. What should happen?

Kelli’s Ruling

Wow, that must be some heavy medication! In this scenario the player would be treated the same as a player who walks away from the table after the cards are dealt. Once he does not respond, the dealer should muck his cards and deal the community cards. If the player continues to be unresponsive the floorperson can rule that the player be treated as an absent player, meaning don’t even deal the cards to the player. However, most dealers will typically just keep dealing and mucking the cards in case the sleeper finally wakes up.

By Kelli Mix

Kelli is the author of the 'Game Day Poker Almanac - Official Rules of Poker'. She lives in Carrollton, Georgia, where she is the state director for the Poker Players Alliance.


One Response to “Ruling! #12 – Asleep at the Table”

  1. DiscinFrog
    February 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    LoL.. who would really fall asleep at a poker table..

    but good to know what can occur.

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