The other night at our NLH tournament (Las Vegas Casino)the betting went like this, 500 bet with one 500 dollar chip, a 500 dollar raise with 2 five hundred dollar chips, then one more raise with one 500 dollar and one 1000 chip. At this point a player says about the last raise (to 1500) "that's not a raise, get the floor over here".
According to TDA rules (43) if you can take any chip from that last raise it is not a raise, the player contends, check the rule book.
So the TDA rule book we looked at. It seems that the last sentence in rule 43 says just what this player contented. Remove "any" chip from that last raise and that is not a valid raise. Based on this rule (43), the supervisor in afterthought, thought that maybe the ruling made was wrong. It was ruled a raise.
We all know what a raise looks like, however with the letter of rule 43 could this decision be made that it is no raise?
PDA Rule 43: Multiple Chip Betting
When facing a bet, unless a raise is declared first, a multiple-chip bet is a call if there is not one chip that can be removed and still leave at least the call amount. Example: preflop, 200-400 blinds: A raises to 1200 total (an 800 raise), B puts out two 1000 chips without declaring raise. This is just a call because removing one 1000 chip leaves less than the amount to call (1200). If the single removal of any one chip leaves the call amount or more, the bet is governed by the 50% standard in Rule 41. See Illustration Addendum.*