As we were walking past Table 28, we heard Jen Harman pipe up from the button. "Can we stop the deal for a second?" All the cards were out in front of the players, but it appears that nobody had yet looked at them. "I can see the cards you deal," Harman said to the dealer. "I'm pretty sure he has a face card in his hand." She was talking about the man to her left, Kyle Johnson. "I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure. I could be wrong. It might be the deuce of clubs. But I'm pretty sure he has a face card."
"Floor!" called the dealer.
In the lag time, Giovanni Cantonati complimented Harman for speaking up, and the table seemed to appreciate her consideration.
The floorman came over and got the rundown, and he didn't make a clear initial ruling. "I think you should call it a misdeal," Harman tried.
The floor explained that ruling situations like this a misdeal can open the door for some angle shooting. "I can't call it a misdeal for one card that may have been seen. Or not."
After some more discussion, the hand was allowed to play, and the pot was opened to 700 by Phil Collins. His next-door neighbor Vladyslav Semenenko flatted. In the small blind, Johnson peeked at his hole cards and couldn't help but cracking a little chuckle, and he squeezed in a reraise to 2,150. Collins folded, but Semenenko came along to the flop. Johnson would win the pot with a bet of 3,000 there, and the table pleaded for him to show. He let them pick one card, and James Dempsey drew the from the two hole cards.