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Definition of shuffle up and deal

The translation of "shuffle up and deal" is "shuffle the cards and deal them", but you are not likely to hear this phrase often in French. It is a phrase that is often thrown around at the beginning of tournaments. As soon as the tournament begins, the tournament director will shout a "shuffle up and deal" to announce to all the dealers that they can now shuffle up and deal.

The shuffle up and deal as a national anthem

If you are attending a professional sports game, you may hear someone singing the national anthem before the game starts. It is part of the tradition and custom to do so. In poker (which many consider a sport), the national anthem is not sung, but the famous "shuffle up and deal" is shouted. In many big and prestigious tournaments, it is not the tournament director who will say this phrase, but a celebrity like Doyle Brunson or Bruce Buffer, the official announcer of the UFC.

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