Need some help here please heres the scenerio Seat 4 and seat 5 are all in..2 pair on board. Seat 5 says to seat 4 you win you have the ace and shows his hand but does NOT table the hand.He then throws the card to the muck actually hitting the muck with one and the other is next to the muck.I immediately fold the hand and award the pot. As he was throwing his hand toward the muck he was half out of his seat. It was clear he thought he lost and intended to muck although he mucked face up. He left the room them came back a few minutes later saying he won the hand with pocket 10s..Should I have stopped him,should I have read the hand
It doesn't matter whether he thought he actually mucked his hand, misread his hand, or believed he was beaten. If both his cards were face-up after he threw them (whether that was toward the muck or not), that is a showdown and his hand is alive. Your job as a dealer is to read his hand and declare the winner accordingly. That's the beauty of a "misread". players might throw their cards face-up saying: "nice hand, I only got ace high", it's the dealer's job to find out whether the player actually hit a billy buster straight on the river without being aware of it.
Having said that, it's ok to call "throwing the cards face-up toward the muck" a "bad etiquette", but not a dead hand.