The poker rules for Texas
holdem vary from other hold'em online
poker games in that the players are dealt only two cards, and can play
either both, one, or no cards from their two downcards to make the highest
ranking final hand.
1. If the first holecard dealt is exposed, a misdeal results. The
dealer will retrieve the card, reshuffle, and recut the cards. If any other
holecard is exposed due to a dealer error, the deal continues. The exposed card
may not be kept. After completing the hand, the dealer replaces the card with
the top card on the deck, and the exposed card is then used for the burncard. If
more than one holecard is exposed, this is a misdeal and there must be a redeal.
2. If the flop contains too many cards, it must be redealt. (This applies
even if it were possible to know which card was the extra one.)
3. If the flop needs to be redealt because the cards were prematurely flopped
before the betting was complete, or the flop contained too many cards, the
boardcards are mixed with the remainder of the deck. The burncard remains on the
table. After shuffling, the dealer cuts the deck and deals a new flop without
burning a card.
4. If the dealer turns the fourth card on the board before the betting round
is complete, the card is taken out of play for that round, even if subsequent
players elect to fold. The betting is then completed. The dealer burns and turns
what would have been the fifth card in the fourth cardís place. After this round
of betting, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card that was taken
out of play, but not including the burncards or discards. The dealer then cuts
the deck and turns the final card without burning a card. If the fifth card is
turned up prematurely, the deck is reshuffled and dealt in the same manner.
5. If the dealer mistakenly deals the first player an extra card (after all
players have received their starting hands), the card will be returned to the
deck and used for the burncard. If the dealer mistakenly deals more than one
extra card, it is a misdeal.
6. You must declare that you are playing the board before you throw your
cards away; otherwise you relinquish all claim to the pot.