The 42 Steps used when dealing a hand of poker

I was recently asked about what are the 42 steps I was referring to and this post should answer that question.

Special thanks to “Dealer Training” for allowing me to reprint the entire lesson in return for my giving credit and sharing an ad and link to their site.  I still use many of their practice exercises before going to work.

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Chapter 6

DEALING PROCESS

Lesson 1 – 42 Step Dealing Process

Dealing Hold Em is in essence a process – a series of steps woven together to seamlessly execute an entire hand of poker. This chapter outlines the 42 step dealing process from the start of one hand to the start of the next. Each hand you deal will follow this process.

We begin the hand as if you have just awarded the pot to a player and are starting the next hand. This hand will document the entire process. Remember that some steps may not be applicable every hand.

SHUFFLE

1. Scramble – during the scramble request blinds to be posted. Confirm the button is in proper position.

2. Square the deck

3. Riffle the deck

4. Riffle the deck

5. Box the deck

6. Riffle the deck

7. Cut the deck

DEAL

8. Pickup the deck – place it in your left hand in the underhand dealers grip.

9. Tighten the deck

10 . Pitch the cards – start with the small blind and work your way around the table in a clockwise fashion. Continue dealing until each player has two cards. The button receives the last card – except in cases of misdeals or if a card is accidentally exposed.

11. Commence and complete the first round of betting – action starts to the left of the button and moves aroud the table clockwise. Allow the first player a few moments then give a slight nod in their direction letting them know ‘it’s your turn’. If the player still does not respond politely say to them “your action”.

12. The players’ actions will determine your action – a player will take different actions depending on the situation. As one player announces their action it continues to around the table until each player has announced their intentions. During all rounds of betting players will check, bet, raise or fold and you will collect mucked cards, create the muck, announce the action, collect bets, create the pot, create side pots, count bets, cut chips and calculate the rake.

13. Follow the action around the table – everyone should act in turn. Do not forget the blinds on the first round of betting.

14. Announce the number of players still in the hand

15. Tap the table – tap, tap

16. Burn a card

17. Spread the flop

18. Commence and complete the second round of betting

19. Announce the number of players still in the hand

20. Tap the table – tap, tap

21. Burn a card

22. Deal the turn

23. Commence and complete the third round of betting

24. Announce the number of players still in the hand

25. Tap the table – tap, tap

26. Burn a card

27. Deal the river

28. Remove the cut card

28. Place the remaining deck face down in a small fan on top of the muck

29. Commence and complete the fourth and final round of betting

SHOWDOWN

30. Request winning hands to be shown – players are responsible for flipping their own cards face up. Typically a player will take the lead and flip their cards over first. Other players will then either fold or flip their cards up. Send folded hands to the muck immedieatly.

31. Read the board

32. Announce the current winning hand

33. Push the board cards forward to display the winner

34. Muck the losing hand

35. Compare any other live hands one at a time – move the board cards to display the new winning hand. Muck any additional losing hands.

36. Push the pot

37. Flip the winning hand and the board cards face down

38. Move the button

39. Request blinds be posted

40. Drop the rake

41. Collect your tips

42. Thank the player

Repeat the process.

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3 thoughts on “The 42 Steps used when dealing a hand of poker

  1. Why would you ever place the stub on top of the muck? I’ve never heard anyone say that’s something that’s supposed to be done, and it makes me crazy when muck, stub, and/or burns are combined in any way before the pot is pushed.

    • I also don’t understand it. As I read the above you’d have this happen:

      A player folds pre-flop. Those cards go into the muck.

      Then:

      27. Deal the river

      28. Remove the cut card

      28. Place the remaining deck face down in a small fan on top of the muck

      Then:
      35. Compare any other live hands one at a time – move the board cards to display the new winning hand. Muck any additional losing hands

      So, you’d have a muck pile, then the stub and deck on top of that muck pile, then you’d have hands that lost on the showdown on top of that.

      Weird.

      Usually you see the remaining deck spread in front of the bank with the stub turned sideways over the last cards.

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