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The Hitman

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Mucked flop
« on: September 28, 2021, 09:22:53 AM »
Hi guys!

It's been a while I haven't posted here ;-) Happy to be back!

I have another tricky one for you:
Cashgame table, blinds 1/2, 4 players in the hand, 9 in the pot before the flop.
Dealer burns one card and put the 3 flop cards face down on the table, but before he slides them face up, a player ask a question and our dealer gets distracted while answering. He comes back on the initial action, sees those 3 cards face down and, dealer's reflex, puts them in the muck.
Now the floor is called at the table (I wasn't there that day) and offers two options to the players:
1. Void the hand
2. reshuffle the deck without the muck and the burn card
Option 1 is refused by the players, they want to play that hand, so they choose option 2.
Player A bets and everybody folds...

I guess there is no ideal solution in that situation as it happens once in a century, but I'd like to hear what you think and how you would rule this...

We had a long chat afterwards about what to do and we ended up with 3 "solutions":
1. reshuffling the deck without the muck and the burn card
2. Reshuffling the deck with the muck and without the burn card
3. Randomly draw 3 cards from the muck to create a new flop. You keep original turn and river and you add some chances to redraw part of the initial flop

I kinda like the 3rd option but option 2 seems the most logical for me.

Thanks for your attention!


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Re: Mucked flop
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2021, 11:41:46 AM »
Am I correct in assuming that the muck contains the flop, burn, as well as other cards mucked by players pre-flop? If so, using any cards from the muck would not be an option.  If the muck contains only the four cards not seen by anyone then shuffling those and using them as the burn and turn seems reasonable. 
« Last Edit: September 28, 2021, 11:45:40 AM by BillM16 »

The Hitman

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Re: Mucked flop
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2021, 05:27:08 AM »
Am I correct in assuming that the muck contains the flop, burn, as well as other cards mucked by players pre-flop? If so, using any cards from the muck would not be an option.  If the muck contains only the four cards not seen by anyone then shuffling those and using them as the burn and turn seems reasonable.

Your assumption is correct, muck contains discarded hands+initial flop, but not the burn card.

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Re: Mucked flop
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2021, 05:53:25 AM »
Why reshuffle at all?

The original shuffle is random. The mucked flop are unknown cards. The remaining stub contains enough unknown cards so the hand can be complete without delay.

Just deal off another three cards for the flop and move on.

Stop thinking about "card destiny".

The only reason to reshuffle as you suggested is to give the cards in the original flop a chance to show up "as destined". But it also gives cards that were discarded the opportunity to show up, which is totally contrary to any 'destiny' or logic.

Please note that reshuffling a premature flop is not so much about card destiny, but about diluting the knowledge about cards in the stub. That logic doesn't apply to this situation, and certainly doesn't explain why some of the options considered including shuffling in all of the discards.
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Re: Mucked flop
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2021, 03:29:51 PM »
Wow...what a strange situation. I really like that the options were given to the players. Considering that this will probably never happen again, whatever the players decide would be best.

Once it was confirmed that all cards were mingled together, the burn, muck, and discards I would consider a reshuffle the least likely'
Obviously, the remaining players like the hands they were dealt. How about asking them if they want to retract their wagers and drop out of the hand? How about suspending further betting and compete for the pre-flop amount only using the remainder of the stub.

Any time players are deprived of the "proper cards" only one player could be happy...the winner. Dealer mistakes have consequences.
If it were up to me, I would encourage a misdeal.