What Is ‘Deal Me Out’?
‘Deal Me Out’ Explained
Any time a player wants to take a few minutes away from the table, they ask to be dealt out. Players usually want to play as many “free” hands as possible, that is, they want to play as many hands as they can without paying their blinds, and will therefore wait until they’re going to be the next big blind before asking to be dealt out. While a player can be dealt out at any time, this practice is fairly typical for all games that use blinds a dealer button. For games that use antes instead, such as stud variants, this isn’t a concern since position and the bring-in are dictated by each player’s upcard on third street.
Of course, players can only ask to be dealt out of cash games, since stacks must always be kept in play in tournaments. In cash games, dealers deal to the players at the table, but in tournaments, they deal to the stacks, even if the player is away from the table.
Upon returning to the game, the player coming back from a break will have to post any missed blinds or wait for the blinds to reach them once more before they can be dealt back into the game. Rules for this procedure vary by venue, but posting one small and one big blind when coming back to the table is a nearly universal practice. Players cannot come in between the dealer button and the small blind, but some poker rooms will let players post from there, a practice referred to as “buying the button.”