Hi all, an interesting hand came up from my last trip to Vegas so I thought I'd post about it and see some others comments. First off, until I came to Vegas I had never even heard of chopping the blinds if it folded around the table to the small blind. The first time this happened I sheepishly just agreed as I didn't want to get out of line. So the hand in question came in my final hour of play at the Aria this past September. I'd been pretty card dead throughout the session and had bled my stack down to 250 from 400. It was my final cash game session of my trip so I was looking to get a hand and pretty much go with it. Anyway folds round to the small blind, a reg looking type guy who had just sat down and was more interested in his sports betting sheet then playing, he asks for a chop...I look down and see JJ. Obviously I want to play this hand so I politely say 'we can play if you like' to which he mutters something under his breath, says fuck it and instantly raises to $30 (we're playing 1/3 btw). I smile and ponder what to make of his play. He seems pretty pissed that I didn't accept his chop and is being pretty intimatating with his mannerisms. Anyway I pop it up to 100 and he flats... Lol. Flop comes 10 5 2 rainbow and he instantly shoves, I obv call and board runs out turn 6, River 6. I table my JJ and his hand goes into the muck. He then starts berating me to what I can only assume is another reg sitted at another seat on the table. I chip up and leave about 30 minutes later to which I could tell he was still pissed off about. The hand itself is pretty standard but I just wonder why do the U.S. Offer chops in these type of situations? Like I said I've played in many a casino in the UK and it's something I certainly have never seen or heard of. I feel like some battles between the sb/bb can be some of the most interesting and challenging hands so to sort of take this option away kind of takes some of the fun away from the game in my opinion. The game I mentioned was probably chopping 2/3 hands out of 10 dealt, granted it was a very nitty table but like I said it just seemed to take a lot of the "poker" out of poker...if you see what I mean. Thoughts?