IPG 2.2 Game Play Error — Looking at Extra Cards


A player takes an action that may have enabled them to see the faces of cards that they were not entitled to see.

This penalty is applied only once if one or more cards are seen in the same action or sequence of actions.


  • A. A player accidentally reveals (drops, flips over) a card while shuffling their opponent’s library.
  • B. A player pulls up an extra card while drawing from their library.
  • C. A player sees the bottom card of their deck when presenting it to their opponent for cutting/shuffling.


A player can accidentally look at extra cards easily and this infraction handles situations where a dexterity or rules error had led to a player seeing cards that they shouldn’t have.

Cards in a library are considered to be there until they touch cards in another hidden set. Once those cards have joined another hidden set, the infraction is Hidden Card Error or Game Rule Violation.

Players should not use this penalty to get a “free shuffle” or to attempt to shuffle away cards they don’t want to draw; doing so may be Unsporting Conduct — Cheating.

Players also are not allowed to use this penalty as a stalling mechanism.

The library is already randomized, so shuffling in the revealed cards should not involve excessive effort.

Additional Remedy

If the cards were in the library, shuffle any previously unknown cards from a deck back into the random portion of the library, then put any previously known cards back in their correct locations.