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Tournament (either SNG/MTT) where most players are 15-20BB and shove/fold range.

UTG+1 shoves 15BB
Folds to SB. SB completes the blinds, not seeing the initial shove

What would the ruling on the action be, and what would it depend on?
- SB stack size? I heard that rulings are more lenient when tournament life is on the line.
- UTG vocalises all-in vs pushes chips in.
- Dealer giving all-in player the all-in chip?
- SB throwing in one chip, SB pulling back his small blind and putting in the big blind, SB says call?

I get that the official rules say that this is a call, although in my personal experience, TDs tend to be lenient if no ill intention is present (i.e. obviously not an angleshoot). Also, this was a home game with no dealer, and the table didn't have the line to push the chips over, hence the confusion. Although im interested to know how a casino would handle this as well.

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Please don't vote this answer up, but I could not answer it better then the OP did.

the official rules say that this is a call, although in my personal experience, TDs tend to be lenient if no ill intention is present (i.e. obviously not an angleshoot).

It is a call and they will often let the player off the hook. However the tend to get more terse with the rule when the player is a repeat offender, or the players action caused some other action behind him. (For example the next player says I am all in, the ruling is going to tend to go against the space cadet more often). Of course I am going to raise hell if I am the bettor, I believe that when someone makes a mistake they own it.

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  • Agree, altho its hard for the bettor to say anything since its a tourney and generally, everyone folding is a better outcome. So it becomes one of those moments where if you protest a lenient decision, you're risking it becoming a call, but if you dont protest, then people behind the offender can see it as weakness. – sakon Feb 24 at 7:20

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