When you enter a game, you must make a full buy-in for that particular game. A full buy-in at limit poker is at least 10 times the maximum bet for the game being played, unless designated otherwise. A full buy-in at pot-limit or no-limit poker is 40 times the minimum bring-in (usually, the size of the big blind), unless designated otherwise.
Only one short buy-in is allowed per session.
Adding to your stack is not considered a buy-in, and may be done in any quantity between hands.
The Shuffle and Cut
In a player-dealt game, the pack must be shuffled and cut before the cards are dealt. The recommended method to protect the integrity of the game is to have three people involved instead of only two. The dealer on the previous hand takes in the discards and squares up the deck prior to the shuffle. The player on the new dealer’s left shuffles the cards and then.. Source: Utah Poker Tours