I was called to a table by North where there had been a pass out of turn by South. No problem you might think as the next hand (West) also passed thereby accepting the POOT. Unfortunately the previous board had been placed on top of the board being played and both South (who thought she was the dealer) and West had not noticed this. As often the case everyone was trying to talk at once. I calmed things down a bit by saying that as North called me then for the moment I only wanted to speak to him who then explained the situation. East and West both said they could not have put the previous board on top thereby causing the problem. So I asked North and South if they put the previous board on top. Both denied this.
I ruled that the bid out of turn should be accepted and that West had condoned this by passing and the bidding should continue around the table.
Was I correct ? Should North be penalised? After all he is responsible for the boards. If I wasn't correct what should have been my ruling? I gave East/West the opportunity to contest it at the end but neither did.