This was the craziest thing I ever experienced in a tournament anywhere. A guy bought in and left the table at Casino 99 to “run errands.” Minutes and then an hour went by and he still hadn’t returned. The result, of course, was he kept blinding off. Blinding off is when a dealer takes antes and blinds from a player’s stack (hands are automatically folded). As time went by and players were knocked out, his chip stack got smaller and smaller. Eventually, tables were combined to make up the final 10 in the tournament. Guess what? The “Phantom Folder” made it to the final table. After two hands were played, he showed up in time to be the big blind with his last chips. He lost and went home. He did have bragging rights about making the final table though. Amazing!
By Howard Hian