As a newbie poker dealer at The Poker Room NH, I am working hard to include conversation in my repertoire of dealing tools. As a rule, dealers should just make sure that the action at the table is brisk without rushing anyone.
Comments made by the dealer should be non-biased and certainly not unkind. There is a fine line between friendly conversation and annoying banter.
To that end, I sometimes tell the “Bad Santa”
story whenever a player complains about the bad hands they are dealt by me.
During one session a female player raised the opening amount to 4,000 chips. The table’s chip leader re-raised her to 8,000. The lady player thought about it for a couple of minutes and re-raised All-in and was called by the chip leader.
The female player tabled QQ and the chip leader tabled AK off suit.
The flop was 5 9 J, rainbow (meaning no matching suited cards).
The turn card was a 2.
The river card was an ace crushing the female player’s pocket queens by giving the chip leader a pair of aces.
She looked at me and said “you are not Bad Santa, you are the Grim Reaper!”.