Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dealer Folds a Winner

A three hour session over the weekend was so successful that I'll use it to write three new posts.  The first post is about a dealer mistake and the outcome of the hand.  Let's get to it.

It was late morning when I arrived at Live.  I grabbed my chips and waited about five minutes before a new $1/$2 table was opened.  I had my eye set on seats 4, 5, and 6.  I ended up in seat 6.  Two hours into my session, a black gentleman resembling an older Michael Irvin with glasses sat down in seat 5.  Moments later, seat 9 had a new player as well.  He resembled the late Joe Frazier.

Michael, Joe, the dealer, and I got involved in a hand.  Joe, in late position, bet $7 pre-flop and Michael called in mid position.  The flop was 7♣-8-10, Michael bet $10, and Joe called.  The turn was a 3, Michael bet $15, and Joe called again.  The river was a 9.  Michael bet $25 and Joe said, "I can't raise you but I can call you."  He called and they turned over their cards.  I saw Michael table 10-J and Joe flipped over J-K.

This is where things got interesting.  The female dealer said that the winner was a straight and turned Michael's cards facedown.  The cards were not moved into the muck pile.  She proceeded to push the chips across the table from her left side towards seat 9.  Not a single person at the table said a word.  I couldn't believe it.  Typically, several people realize when a dealer makes a mistake and speak up.  

For a second, I sat there waiting for someone to say something.  If nothing else, I was expecting Michael to realize that he also had a jack high straight.  But, I guess, he was content with letting the dealer be the judge, jury, and executioner.

I snapped out of it and spoke up; I said that there were two jack high straights while pointing at Michael's cards.  The dealer turned over Michael's cards and announced that indeed both players had the best hand.  All the chips were sitting between the dealer and seat 10.  She divided them equally and pushed them towards Michael and Joe.  Neither of them said anything.

This was the first time ever that I was the only one to notice an error at a table and because of me the dealer corrected the mistake.  A small part of me thought that maybe I shouldn't have said anything.  But, I realized that if my hand got declared a loser incorrectly, I would want other players to speak up and correct the dealer.


  1. Good job in speaking up. When the cards are face up on the table, it's every player's job to uphold the integrity of the game.

  2. A small part of me thought that maybe I shouldn't have said anything.

    All players are ethically obligated to try and prevent an irregularity. In other words, you not only could speak up, you must speak up.

  3. You absolutely did the right thing. Basic rule of protecting the game.

    I can't believe no one said anything. The person who almost lost half of his pot should have said thanks at the very least. Dealer also should have thanked you for correcting her error.

    Michael should have give YOU a tip!

    Lucky that she hadn't mucked them, although she probably remembered the hand. Could have called the floor over if necessary.