My last post received some great reaction. Virtually all of it telling me I was wrong! I am tempted to tell you not to read it, and I'm tempted to actually take it down off the blog.
But I won't do that. Oddly enough, my being so wrong may helped make it one of the most popular posts I've ever done! Seriously. It got more page views in a day than 95% of my posts do.
Besides, I'm going to try to explain/apologize for it, so you need to read it if you haven't already done so. You can find it here. And be sure to read all the comments ripping me apart for it too. That's the fun part.
My friend Grange was the most prolific, giving an item-by-item destruction of my position.
What can I say? I can't be right if everyone tells me I'm wrong, can I? So yeah, the old guy who was too busy eating his food got what he deserved. I apologize not only to my readers but to dealers everywhere who were tarred with my unfair title. Apparently, there was not an irresponsible dealer to be found.
In my defense. I don't think I made it clear enough how the dealer was, to my mind, denying info to the player. I probably didn't use enough words. I'm used to using more, that's for sure.
I won't defend my position again, I will just try to explain it a little better. When the card flipped over, and the dealer grabbed it as soon as he could, he made no effort to show anyone at the table the card, which I believe is standard practice. He stuck that card on top of the deck as fast as he could. Other people could have missed it as well, I just know for sure that most of us saw it and a few commented on it.
Now, he didn't have to say, "Hey (Seat 2), the Ace of spades is exposed," but he could have (should have?) said, loud enough for the old guy to hear it, "Exposed card," and if the guy didn't want to turn around to see, then for sure, tough on him. But he seemed to want to keep it a secret.
My feeling at the time, based on body language, the look he gave me, even the way he held the deck before he put the card down as the burn card, was that he was making every effort possible to keep the guy from seeing exposed card. Also, there was his comment, when someone asked about it, "Let it go." I took that to mean in no uncertain circumstances was anyone to say anything about the exposed card.
It just felt to me that he was going out of his way to punish the guy. I didn't make that clear, and I apologize for that, and even if I'm right (and it's just a feeling), I certainly understand the position you all have taken..."you snooze, you lose." I did mention that myself in the original post.
Anyway, that's it. I guess I'm saying that the previous post is void. But I hope you enjoyed it and my humiliation anyway.
EDITED TO ADD....STOP THE PRESSES!!! Apparently I was premature in throwing in the towel. Almost immediately after posting this and tweeting out the link, I heard (via Twitter) from too damn good sources that I was right in the first place.
First, Sean McCormack, The Director of Poker Operations at the Aria, tweeted back to me, "As an industry person that runs a room I will say-You were 100% correct in your OP. 'You snooze you lose' is invalid."
Then Chad Harberts, long time poker dealer, floor person, and blogger, tweeted this to me: ."you are not wrong in any way. When I deal an exposed card I announce the card at the table and put it face up on deck." I will point out though that the dealer did have the card face up on the deck, but based on positioning, I don't think the player had a reasonable chance to see it.
Thanks to both for chiming in. I guess I just gave in too easily. But I'm not going to say much more.....clearly this is open to interpretation and was also based on my open read on what the dealer was trying to do.
Final note: The pic below is presented entirely for my own amusement. It is such an inside joke that I am the only who gets it. But I need to make myself laugh, so there you are.