Rule 3. Cutting the Pack

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Rule 3.1. Procedure for Cutting the Pack

a. Prior to cutting the cards to determine the first dealer of a game, each player should shuffle the pack, and the player who shuffled last must allow the opponent to cut first.

b. When cutting for the first deal of a game, the first player shall remove no less than four cards and not more than half the pack. The second player shall remove no less than four cards and shall leave at least four cards.

c. When cutting before each deal and for the starter card, no less than four cards shall be taken from the top and no less than four left on the bottom.

Rule 3.2. Winner of the Deal

a. Each player's cut card is the card at the bottom of the cards in hand, not the card on top of the remainder of the pack. The player cutting the lower-rank card deals the first hand of the game.

b. If both players cut a card of equal rank, the entire pack shall be reshuffled and they shall cut again.

c. If a player exposes more than one card, said player shall cut again.

Rule 3.3. Cutting before Each Deal

a. A cut is required before each deal. The dealer shall place the pack on the table (board) for the pone to cut. Neither player is permitted to look at the bottom card of the top pack. Should either do so, there is a two-point penalty, and the pack shall then be reshuffled and cut again. When cutting, the cards must be taken off together; they may not be taken off individually.

b. While cutting before each deal, the top pack must be placed under the bottom pack; no "middle cuts" are allowed. It is not permissible to distribute the cards from a portion of the deck. The dealer shall not look at the bottom card of the pack at any time after the cut. Should dealer do so, the pone is to remind dealer of the prohibition and score a two-point penalty. The pack shall then be reshuffled and cut again.

c. Should the cut be forgotten, before the pone’s cards are picked up, the pone may remind the dealer that the cut was not offered. The pack shall then be reshuffled, and the cut made. There shall be no redeal after any of the pone’s cards are picked up.

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