Originally Posted by Pascal LeFiscal
Unlikely. Put something on top and keep them behind the line, even if they get pulled into the muck they'll be easy to get back out again if you have to because the chip on top will weigh them together, dealer will notice there's something on top of cards before mucking, or will notice when pulling them in that they are heavier than normal which is why a heavy card protector can be good too. Something bright and heavy is the best I guess
Pretty sure most card rooms let you have this opportunity.
Although fwiw I've played probably 30 live tournaments at my local casino where the dealers aren't that great and I've never seen/heard of any cards being accidently mucked while people are all in.
The only times I've ever seen a player's hand accidentally mucked was when they didn't have their cards protected. You also have to watch out not only for the dealer, but clueless or assinine players at the table. I was playing at a live cash game at the local casino once, and this one guy sitting next to me had it in for another guy across the table, who, incidentally wasn't protecting his cards. Apparently, the guy next to me had suffered one too many bad beats from the other guy. After ass-guy tells
me his tale of woe, and pointing out how the other guy didn't have his hand protected, he says to me, "Watch this." Then proceeded to turn his head in the other direction, and fold his cards by flinging them nonchalantly across the table, where they landed on the other guy's cards (if I remember correctly, the other guy had raised the pot). So the other guy's hand was declared dead by the dealer, and the poor guy just had this look on his face like, "WTF??" The a-hole next to me was given a talking to by the dealer about how to properly fold his hand, but he just feigned ignorance ("Oh, sorry about that"), then smirked to me later. So yeah, diligence at all times!