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When you're playing poker in a home game, it's important that everyone in the poker room agrees on some basic ground rules. For example, does everyone get to choose their own game, or are we only play one game? What are the stakes and buy-in? In some European countries, there is a custom that America should adopt.
*In the States, one player shuffles, the player to the left cuts the deck, and then the shuffler deals. In other places, the person who shuffles doesn't deal. There's no downside to this at all, and it makes it more difficult for the dealer to cheat.