If you’re a member of Club 808, you probably already know shuffling tips and techniques. Have you ever pondered how to study in a different way? A more appealing option? We’ll go through various shuffling tactics that are unique enough to be stunning while being straightforward to master. For a more fluid presentation, see the films. If you’re a newbie shuffler, starting with a worn-in deck may be advantageous.
A word on washing: When you “wash” a deck of cards, you effectively execute a scrambling shuffle—that is, you lay the deck face-down on the table and spread it out to mix it up, making sure that each card comes into contact with the table surface before putting it back together. Many dealers use this to guarantee that the deck is properly shuffled. It’s entirely up to you whether or not to wash, however, if you’re new to these new shuffles, doing so may result in a better shuffle.
Shuffling Tips and Techniques
SHUFFLE IN BLACKJACK
The dealers do it this way because it is the shuffle that does the least harm to the cards (after a lot of practice). The bending is slight, yet the impact is the same as a regular shuffle. With a little practice, you’ll be able to shuffle the cards without moving them at all.
- Make the deck square (get it in a neat stack). Cut the cards into two stacks of roughly similar size, then square them. Place the two stacks in front of you horizontally, with the inside and bottom corners looking straight at you.
- Place your thumbs on the two corners and your index fingers on the opposing corners. The cards should be held in place with your other fingers.
- Draw the corners of the deck upward with your thumbs, then bring the two half of the deck closer together with your thumbs, then let the cards fall—just like a typical shuffle, but only utilizing a little corner of the deck. The cards’ very edges should now be mixed together.
- Reassemble the connecting cards, square the deck, and repeat.
SHUFFLE OF THE STRIP (RUNNING CUTS)
Have you ever seen someone remove portions of the deck, lay them down, and then repeat the process with the other half? This is known as a strip shuffle or running cuts. The first step is to learn how to shuffle the deck by cutting it, which is a more involved operation than just taking off the top half of the cards.
- Place the deck horizontally in front of you, facedown. Grab the side nearest to you with your thumbs and the distant side with your fingers using both hands. It may assist to keep your left hand’s fingers lifted slightly off the table so that the deck is elevated as well.
- With your right hand, take a tiny portion of cards from the deck with your thumb and index fingers. Keep the remainder of the cards in place with your left hand.
- Return the little part of cards to the deck—in the center, at the bottom, or anywhere else. Make the deck square. Rep with a different piece of the deck 4-5 times more.
SHUFFLE OF THE HINDU
The Strip Shuffle has been palmed in this shuffle. It takes some work to get it down perfectly, but once you do, it looks fantastic.
- In the palm of your left hand, hold the deck pips-down. Handle with care. The tops of your thumb and middle fingers should reach above the deck.
- Gently pull a part of the deck—about 34% of the deck from the bottom—out in a single stack using your right index finger and thumb. In your left hand, hold the remaining 14 cards.
- Place the right-hand stack of cards on top of the left-hand stack. Pull a couple cards from the top of your right hand’s stack using your left hand’s middle finger and thumb. The cards on your right should land on top of the cards on your left.
- Continually remove portions from the top of the stack with your right hand and place them in your left. When your right hand is empty, take 34 cards from the bottom of the deck in your left hand and repeat procedures 1-4.
Conclusion on Shuffling Tips and Techniques
After reading this article I am sure you have learned how to shuffle cards. Watch these videos carefully and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Don’t forget to read our previous article about the World Series of Poker.