from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deal (cards) incorrectly.
- intransitive v. To deal cards incorrectly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. in card games, when a card is played out of turn by a dealer
- n. a card game situation which causes the game to stop
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of misdealing; a wrong distribution of cards to the players.
- v. To deal or distribute wrongly, as cards; to make a wrong distribution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deal or act wrongly or falsely; misconduct one's self.
- In card-playing, to make an incorrect distribution of the cards.
- To deal or divide improperly; make a wrong deal of, as of the cards in card-playing.
- n. In card-playing, a wrong deal; a deal in which the players do not all receive the proper number of cards or the cards in proper order.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deal cards wrongly
- n. an incorrect deal
In fact, although Jimmy busted on the race card, it was a misdeal.
As the deal is a disadvantage, inasmuch as the dealer has the last call, there is no penalty attaching to a misdeal, unless the game is being played with the addition of a pool or kitty (_see_ page 11), in which case the player making a misdeal pays a penalty to the pool equal to the stake of one trick.
If the dealer makes a misdeal, or deals out of order, or exposes a card, he loses his turn of dealing, and the next player in order takes his place; or it may be agreed that in case of a misdeal the dealer shall have the option of dealing again after paying a second stake for dealing into the pool.
If any player have more or less than five cards dealt to him, and if such player, or any player, announce the fact before the cards are raised from the table, it is a misdeal, and there shall be a new deal by the same dealer.
In the event of a misdeal, an irregular distribution of the cards, or the exposure of a card during the dealing, the dealer is looed -- the amount of the loo in this, and most  other cases of penalty prior to the commencement of the playing of the cards being the same as settled for a single loo -- and he immediately places the amount in the pool.
If a card be found face upwards in the pack before the deal is finished, it is a misdeal, and there shall be a new deal by the same dealer.
If the cards be dealt without the pack having been cut, and if the fact be pointed out to the dealer before the deal is finished, it is a misdeal, and there shall be a new deal by the same dealer.
In the event of a misdeal, or accidental exposure of a card, the whole pack must be collected, shuffled and re-cut, as before, after which the cards are to be re-dealt by the same player who made the mistake.
Not enough cards is a misdeal; too many cards is a mistake; and cards up the sleeve is a slap on the front piazza, if they catch you at it.
In the event of a misdeal the cards must be dealt again by the same player.
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