Poker Nights - Dealing Rules
can be more challenging than you might expect - and definitely
high-pressure, as a slipup can void an entire hand. Here are
the rules I suggest for dealing:
Deal Style - Always deal
one card at a time to each person - that is, don't deal two
cards in a row to one person, then two in a row to the next,
etc. This is to negate the effects of grouping in the
deck: For example, people tend to place pairs together
in their hands, and when the cards are gathered back up, those
pairs can tend to stick together...
Mistakes - A dealer
mistake costs the dealer one basic ante; at my poker
nights, this is usually 25 cents. Depending on when the
mistake occurs, different courses of action are
required. If it's during the initial deal, before any
betting, then the deck can just be reshuffled and the hand
re-dealt. If it's after betting has occurred, place the
accidentally shown card back into the deck, and do a few
shuffles, taking care to shield view of ANY cards from those
who are still in the hand.
After the hand is dealt, it's
time to Bet...