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58 Pa. Code § 637a.5. Shuffle and cut of the cards.

§ 637a.5. Shuffle and cut of the cards.

 (a)  Immediately prior to commencement of play, unless the cards were preshuffled in accordance with §  603a.16(u) or (v) (relating to cards; receipt, storage, inspection and removal from use), after each round of play has been completed or when directed by the floorperson or above, the dealer shall shuffle the cards, either manually or by use of an automated card shuffling device, so that the cards are randomly intermixed. Upon completion of the shuffle, the dealer or device shall place the deck of cards in a single stack.

 (b)  After the cards have been shuffled and stacked, the dealer shall:

   (1)  If the cards were shuffled using an automated card shuffling device, deal the cards in accordance with §  637a.7(e) (relating to Poker overview; general dealing procedures for all types of Poker).

   (2)  If the cards were shuffled manually or were preshuffled, cut the deck by placing the cover card in the stack at least ten cards in from the top of the stack. Once the cover card has been inserted, the dealer shall take all cards above the cover card and the cover card and place them on the bottom of the stack.

 (c)  After the cards have been cut and before any cards have been dealt, a floorperson or above may require the cards to be recut if the floorperson determines that the cut was performed improperly or in any way that might affect the integrity or fairness of the game.

 (d)  If there is no gaming activity at the Poker table which is open for gaming, each deck of cards at the table shall be spread out on the table face up. After the first two players who arrive at the table are afforded an opportunity to visually inspect both of the decks, the procedures in §  637a.4(c) (relating to opening of the table for gaming) and this section shall be completed.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  637a.4 (relating to opening of the table for gaming).

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