Dealer Mistakes

When learning how to deal poker, you will want to know what to do in the event of dealer mistakes. At our Las Vegas dealing school, we will ensure you’re thoroughly prepared for any possible mistake. Below is a short list of common dealer errors and the appropriate solutions:

(1) If the dealer exposes the first hole card, it is a misdeal, and all cards must be retrieved, reshuffled, and redealt. If any other hole card is exposed due to a dealer error, the deal continues. The dealer takes the exposed card and puts it face up as the burn card and gives the player what would have been the burn card. If two hole cards are exposed, it is a misdeal.

(2) If the Flop needs to be redealt because the cards were prematurely flopped before the betting was complete, or the Flop contained too many cards, the Board Cards are mixed with the remainder of the deck. The Burn Card remains on the table. After shuffling, the dealer cuts the deck and deals a new Flop without burning a card.

(3) If the dealer turns the fourth card on the board before the betting is complete, the card is taken out of play for that round, even if subsequent players elect to fold. The betting is then completed. The dealer burns and turns what would have been the fifth card in the fourth cards place. After this round of betting, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card that was taken out of play, but not including the Burn Cards or discards. The dealer then cuts the deck and turns the final card without burning a card. In a Texas Holdem game if the fifth card is turned up prematurely, the deck is reshuffled and dealt in the same manner.

(4) If the dealer mistakenly deals the first player an extra card (after all players have received cards), the card will be returned to the deck and used for the Burn Card. If the dealer mistakenly deals more than one extra card, it is a misdeal.

(5) If the dealer mistakenly deals the card out of order, for instance if the dealer forgets to move the button, it is a misdeal.

(6) If there are two or more boxed cards (cards mistakenly face up in the deck), it is a misdeal. If there’s one boxed card, treat it as it were a scrap of paper and simply cast it aside.