What is ‘Redeal’?
In card games, the ‘redeal’ occurs if a deal is declared void. The original cards are recalled and fresh ones are distributed – sometimes after the entire deck is reshuffled, depending on where in the game the misdeal occurred. The term can be a noun – ‘the redeal’, referring to the action itself as part of the game. It can also be a verb, as in ‘to redeal’ the cards after a mistake has been made.
In card games, there is usually a dealer present in the game – a member of staff in the casino or card room, or a player in the game during private and social games. This dealer is responsible for distributing the cards to the players whenever they are needed. When games like poker and blackjack are played in the casino, the dealer will be a skilled professional who can handle cards without mistakes and who is accurate and careful when distributing cards. In home games, dealers tend to be more inexperienced and can make mistakes.
Either way, there is always the chance of a ‘misdeal’ occurring – an error in the dealing process. A player might get too many or too few cards, or a hand could be missed entirely. In the event of a misdeal, the cards are recalled and possibly shuffled before play can continue. In the rare event that a misdealt game starts playing before the error is spotted, the hand will be halted and stakes returned before any further action is taken.
To ‘redeal’ means to give out fresh cards after a misdeal has occurred. Doing this ensures that the game remains fair and that the cards cannot be altered in the process of correcting the mistake. The redeal is done after all cards are recalled and it begins from the same point as the original deal, with every card in the game reset.