Originally Posted by kazor
I dont know how the dealer can take the players cards without the players permission.
I was playing live in Laughlin a couple of years ago. 1/2 limit. UTG and middle position were in a pot toward the end, and UTG had re-raised mid-guy's raise. Mid-guy went into the tank, slammed down his cards in front of him (but not over the line), and leaned back in his chair.
The dealer reached over the line and grabbed his cards.
Mid position guy yelled immediately and play stopped. The dealer explained that he thought mid-position guy had mucked. Mid-position guy said he was leaning back looking around for an aces cracked bonus offer (he had pocket aces). Floor person ruled the guy had mucked and backed the dealer. Turns out UTG had 2pair, and had him beat anyway - to make matters worse - there was no aces cracked bonus in play.
I've NEVER heard of a dealer pulling cards from someone protecting. I would just raise holy hell if that happened.