Re: Stop out of turn ( 22:43:21 TueJan 21 2003 ) |
Law 16 says "Players are authorized to base their calls and plays on information from legal calls and plays and from mannerisms of opponents. To base a call or play on other extraneous information may be an infraction of law."
The fact that East pulled out the Stop Card is certainly "other extraneous information". So West is probably (note the word "may" above) not permitted to base his call(s) on it. If called to the table about this, I would caution West regarding his Law 16 obligation, and tell the table to play on, and call me back if there later appears to have been a problem.