I wasn't planning on writing a poker post but after what happened, I thought I'd share the story.
It's about 7 pm and I just sat down in seat 10. The table had about six players but we filled up quickly. I'm in the big blind and the dealer starts dealing the cards. I look down at A-K. After the dealer deals the last card, which went to seat 8, seat 9 starts to tell the dealer that his second card is in front of seat 8. I look over and I see three cards in front of seat 8.
Seat 9 reaches over and grabs one of the cards in front of seat 8. To me, it looked like he took the middle card. The female dealer shrugs, which I interpret as a sign that she does not know which of the three cards in front of seat 8 belongs to seat 9. She says, "Alright" and turns to her left and starts collecting cards. I shake my head.
She continues collecting cards and by the time she reaches seat 6, I flip my cards face up and move them into the muck. Suddenly, seat 6 calls. Wait, what! Seat 7 folds, seat 8 folds, and seat 9 calls! I'm completely lost. One of the other players asks the dealer what am I doing. She says that I folding face up from the big blind.
I'm confused. I speak up and say, "Wait, isn't the hand dead because seat 8 got three cards and you couldn't tell which card belonged to seat 9?" Immediately, seat 9 speaks up and says that he watched the cards being dealt and saw which card belonged to him. I don't understand why he didn't speak up as soon as his second card was dealt to seat 8. The dealer agreed with seat 9. Seat 6 speaks up and says it's all good and wants to see the flop.
At this point, there is not much that I can do. I realize that I made a mistake. I'm still not sure if the hand should have been allowed to go on. I have seen plenty of cases where the dealer gives a third card to a player by mistake that was intended for the adjacent player. Usually, as soon as the dealer throws a card to the wrong player, the dealer immediately says something to let the players know which card belongs to which player. Or, a player speaks up right away to alert the dealer that he/she is missing a card.
But in this case, the dealer did nothing and said nothing. She continued to deal the second card all the players. After all the cards were dealt, seat 9 spoke up to say that he was missing his second card. What do you think?
The flop was K-Q-10. The turn was a blank and the river a J. Seat 9 won a small pot with Q-9. All I could do was sit there and think about my bonehead fold.