Hows this for the worst casino rule ever!!
A mate and i were in the Berkley in Edinburgh playing in a Friday night tourney ( £10 re-buy ), He was sitting to the dealers right and we were in an action hand.
The girl on my left went all-in ( two before him ) and the action folded to him, he called with the nuts ( only the flop was out, and it only cost him about 1/4 of his stack ) and the action went around with two other callers.
When the dealer ( one of the players, in the £10/£20 the casino doent take a buy-in fee, so no casino dealer ) went to collect the mucked hands he accidently picked up my mates hole cards. As you can imagine he shouted straight away and the card room manager was called over.
In the Gala casinos
i have played at this has happened before, they take the player to one side and ask him to whisper what his hole cards were, as long as the EXACT cards are in the muck pile the manager will return them to the player - no real harm done, mistakes do happen.
The Berkley is a Stanley casino and the card room manager explained that their rules were that "the cards are dead, no exceptions". My mate then reached out to reclaim his 1/4 stack................. Oh no, apparently the chips stay in the pot and all his rights to both the hand and his chips invested are waved!
Obviously he was super-pissed , but the managers could only say it was his fault for not protecting his hole cards.
The moral of the story? Make sure you know all the house rules before the game.