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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

Casinos in the US generally have the "cards speak" rule. That is, when a hand is properly tabled--exposed to everyone at showdown--it is the responsibility of all players, the dealer, floormen, and ...
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Hide high value chips

Must be visible at all times, you can get a penalty for hiding them. You'll get a warning normally first but you will get a penalty if you keep hiding them in most places. In general I'll ask a player ...
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Is "talking to influence action" illegal at WSOP?

Yes talking to influence action is against the rules and people push it. When he announced the pot size it went over the line. By announcing the pot size he was coaching. That is a rule violation. ...
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Rules when dealer flips river early

Depends on the rules in use. Two common sets are Roberts rules and Tournament Directors Association (TDA) rules. From Roberts Rules: IRREGULARITIES: If the dealer prematurely deals any cards ...
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Questionable Tournament Rule With Two Players Left

This is false. The hand will play out as usual with the flop, turn, and river. I'm not sure where your friend heard this or why he believed it. There are plenty of televised heads-up tournament ...
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Full house vs Full house

Each full house is first ranked by the rank of its triplet, and then by the rank of its pair. So TTT99 is ranked higher than 999AA.
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Acting out of turn.

Most of the time in poker, the WSOP rules are held as canon, so keeping that in mind, this is what the 2016 WSOP rulebook has to say: Non-Standard Folds: Any time before the end of the last ...
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Why is 4, 3, 2, A, K not considered a straight in Texas Hold'em Poker?

Because that's the rules of the game. Simple as that. Straights are not cyclic, they're linear. Think of the Ace as the start point and end point but not at the same time. I.E. You can have an Ace ...
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How to determine the winning hands in poker?

Each player in a basic game of poker is given five cards to make their hand. There are variants to the game where players receive more than five cards and players have community cards. However it is ...
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What are the rules of a misdeal in casinos?

So I'm going to just copy and paste the TDA rules here as they are one of the most common set of rules enforced around the world, and often if a place is not using the official TDA rules, they're ...
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Ruling on a non-standard check

The only relevant question here is what the other players thought and how they reacted. If they thought it was a check, and reacted in any way that you might have been able to see before you bet, then ...
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Ruling on a non-standard check

If you did one of the following things, you committed to checking the turn: Clearly say the word "check" Deliberately pat the table with your fingers extended twice in succession Deliberately knock ...
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Who wins the Side pot if everyone interested in side pot folds

When B folds, the side pot belongs to C, immediately, regardless of what C might later do. If you suspect that C is cheating by protecting A, you are entitled to ask the floorman to expose C's hand ...
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Can a dealer help and tell players their outs

In this specific case, my opinion is that the dealer didn't do anything wrong. Especially because there was no more action, but also because he was just trying to be helpful to the new player. The ...
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Extra burn card, hand played. Pot collection started

Showing the flop alone is substantial action. You don't get to declare a misdeal after you see the outcome. The extra burn card does not effect play. It is an unknown card. Since the back of top ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

In casinos I’ve played in, it’s always “cards speak”. So if you have a straight flush but verbally indicate a straight, the dealer will acknowledge the straight flush.
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Why not wait for the river

if a third ace came, player B would have a full house (222AA) and player A would have 3 of a kind (AAA89). No matter what card comes, player B wins.
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What hand is this?

A poker hand is 5 cards, so the dealer is showing that the winning hand is JJKQ7. If, instead, the winning hand had been AhKh for a flush, the dealer instead would have raised the Qh 4h and 7h.
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Why is this behavior penalized, and how standard are these rules?

The reason it is penalized is to stop collusion and giving an unfair advantage to other players. Let me just give you two examples to the above reasons. Player A and player B are working together to ...
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How to determine the winning hands in poker?

Which Poker Hand Wins Calculator Hands Overview Straight Flush Four of a kind Full house Flush Straight Three of a kind Two Pair Pair High card Why that order? The order is based on math / ...
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Decision Please: A player says "I bet the pot" in NLHE

If I was the dealer I would tell the player I can't tell you what is in the pot so I don't know what you are betting. Hopefully he would then come up with a number and that would be the end of it. Of ...
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Rules when blinds are all-in

In all games I've ever played, if a player is all in for less than one big blind, players must still call an amount equal to one big blind and the minimum raise is still to two big blinds as usual. ...
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Why don't you remove the element of luck in poker?

In general, if you remove luck from the game, it becomes much more difficult to win money. This is because the average poker player thinks they are better then average. Mathematically this cannot ...
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No-Limit Holdem first bet after the flop

When opening a round of betting after the flop, this is called a bet. In Robert's Rules of Poker, "bet" is defined as "The act of making a wager before anyone else on a betting round". Additionally, ...
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When does option for action end on the big blind?

This is fine and pretty standard. The dealer has offered the BB their option to raise and until the BB checks, they should not deal the flop. If the BB raises, then obviously the action is back to you ...
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Is it rude to cash out when ahead, then buy back in?

Yes it's rude, or rather many players will consider it rude. However you're playing I assuming to make money and not friends, so if you want to cash out and buy-in again that's your business. However ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

In the several casinos I've played in the cards speak for themselves, but you have to be careful to show down or you can get burned. In particular, I saw the following hand at Mohegan Sun where the ...
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Does "touching the muck" mean anything in a casino?

I am a floor person for 20 years in Atlantic City, California and Las Vegas and multiple other jurisdictions. This is the most misunderstood rule in public poker: "Touching the muck" literally doesn'...
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Ruling on a non-standard check

"Yea" does not mean "check" in my poker vocabulary. To me it is not even an angle shoot. For sure you don't need to announce "raise" if you are putting in a raise (in one action).
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