all bets are made, the standing dealer, known as the
callman, will nod to the holder of the shoe, who will
then slide out a card. This first card is the player's.
It will be dealt out face down and passed along to
the dealer, who will either hold it until he gets
the other player's card or immediately give it to
the gambler with the largest bet on player.
This is merely a ritualistic move. The player hand
could be given to anyone at the table betting on player,
or it could be handled by the dealer himself. In fact,
when there are no bets out on the layout on player,
it is the dealer who handles the player cards. The
holder of the shoe may bet on the player hand if he
A second card is slid out of the shoe and placed to
one side by the holder of the shoe. This is the bank's
first card. Then a third card is slid out and pushed
to the dealer who gives it to the same player bettor.
A final fourth card is slid out, and this is the bank's
second card. The card is placed with the first card
put to one side by the holder of the shoe.
At this moment, no one knows the value of the cards
just dealt. It is considered bad form for either the
holder of the shoe or the bettor representing the
player hand to look at the cards before all four have
been dealt out of the shoe.
card groups can certainly see their fair share of
ruffled feathers. But people who play real poker usually
care about winning and can become upset when they
don't, more often than they would in a game that they
know is a lottery. Ironically, it is when a real poker
game seems to be a lottery that many players become
the most upset. This usually isn't about money exactly;
its usually about being unable to succeed in a game
at which they aspire to be successful.
This stress can be a good thing if it motivates you
to analyze your game and try to improve it. When you
first start playing, getting feedback from your results
and trying to figure out what basic problems you must
fix is absolutely critical. That feedback loop never
really goes away, but as you gain experience, it will
result in fine-tuning more often than major repairs.