Originally Posted by Freewill1978
I would (and have before) just say "I saw a black king." Suits are very easy to misidentify in an instant of a flashed card.
The host in this case has a dumbass rule that you must call the exact rank and suit of the card in order for it to be replaced. I know, I'm working on him. Next time I play there and a card is exposed I'm going to refuse to answer any questions about the contents of my hand.
The real issue here is that the player can't have the option of keeping it. At all. Had his other card been, say, a seven, no doubt he'd have turned up the king, said, "not the kng of spades, but close enough," and hoped for a replacement card that worked better with his seven. Players shouldn't be able to "roll their own" (unless playing a specific Stud home variant ).
Couldn't agree more. I made this argument to him and it apparently fell on deaf ears.
I was able to get the rule changed in another home game that I'm a member of, so all hope is not lost.