Most home games have the player on the button dealing the cards. Sometimes you may want to have a designated dealer for 2 reasons: 1. You don't have to worry about the dealer cheating when dealing his own hand 2. The number of misdeals will be lower because many of the cards that flip over are due to the fact that a player has to deal a card to someone all the way across the table. If you use a designated dealer then make sure the button moves because that is the only way to keep track. In a game where players deal themselves then most players remember who dealt last and therefore it is easier to remember whose turn it is.
Games that use two decks will usually use the guy to the left of the dealer to be the shuffler for the 2nd deck. This is because he will be the dealer for the next hand, so he will shuffle the cards that he will be using a minute later. The dealer for the just-finished hand will forward the unshuffled cards ahead two spots to his left.
In a self-dealt game, the dealer often offers another player the opportunity to cut the cards. If a player taps it, they are indicating that they don't need to cut them. In a game with a dedicated dealer, most people believe that it is not necessary to cut the cards.
In a formal game, a player must be at the table at the end of the showdown in order to have his hand live. In a casual game, he doesn't need to be. In a formal game, a player must be at the table to call time. This means that a player must be in his seat when the last card is dealt to the button. If he is not at the table, the dealer will kill his hand. If the dealer doesn't kill the hand, it will still be considered dead. If he is the blind, his bet will be posted and his hand dead. In a casual game, a player doesn't need to be in his seat to call time.
A new player entering the game has 2 options:
What qualifies as a misdeal depends on the seriousness of the game. In most laid back home games, if a dealer accidentally skips a player then the dealer just gives him another card when he is done with all the other players. In formal games though people prefer to call a misdeal if any minor dealer protocol is violated. Some examples would be:
Your hand is declared dead if:
If the big blind busts out then the blinds post their money as usual and the button is in the empty seat. Example:
If the big blind busts out then the current big blind post their money as usual and there is a dead small blind (no small blind). Example:
Sometimes the position of the button can get confusing - especially in short-handed play. One of the general rules you can use to help you manage the blinds is to remember that, in a tourney, a player can never miss the big blind. If there are only 3 players left, and the dealer gets eliminated, then the button is placed after putting the big blind in the right place. The next player who is due the big blind posts the big blind, and the other player gets both the button and the small blind. And the same holds true going forward - in heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button.
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HPG ADMIN on March 1, 2013