We were watching a hand right in front of us as Nancy Birnbaum, Sheree Stephens, and a third opponent had some chips already invested in the pot. The three were on a turn of . The opponent bet and Birnbaum and Stephens called. The river came the .
This is where things got bizarre. Stephens who was first to act thought the action was done and flipped up her hand. She showed the . But action never ended as the other two ladies did not have a chance to act on the king.
The floor was called over and they told him the story. The ruling was that Stephens had action first and the hand was to be played as normal. Stephens checked. The opponent also checked. Birnbaum who knew what Stephens had was thinking about bluffing her off the top pair.
In the end Birnbaum decided that even though Stephens knew Birnbaum could see her cards, Stephens would ultimately call. Birnbaum elected to check and Stephens pair of kings took the pot. Unfortunately for Stephens she received a one round penalty for exposing her hand before action was complete.