As the dealer, you will shuffle when you have a new customer approach your dead game; when the cut card appears in the middle of dealing; when a new
dealer takes over a handheld game; when a new deck is put into play; whenever the Floor requests it, and after all the players leave the table. It
is good table protection to maintain physical and visual contact with the decks at all times and while the decks are out of the shoe.
Another method to keep people from cheating is to take the remaining deck, pick a random spot in the discard rack and place the cards in between
before you pick up the full deck to shuffle.
The first skill you need to learn is how to handle the cards. The only way you will get good is by hours of at-home practice.
When a dealer shuffles they not only riffle, but also strip, box and cutting the deck. Shuffling is the
entire procedure that the dealers will spend much time on. Since every casino will have a different shuffle,
we are going to teach you a basic shuffle you can use at an audition, but when you get hire you will have to
learn a new shuffle. Remember to keep the deck as low as possible and be aware not to expose the bottom card.
Use your forefingers and hold the top of the deck.
With your thumbs hold the bottom of the deck.
Slide your middle fingers against the edges of the deck. This makes the deck straight and ready to use.
In order to shuffle you must be able to cut the deck in half.
The procedure starts by you holding the deck.
Now, place your right thumb slightly above the bottom of the deck. Use your left thumb to hold the bottom
portion in place as your right thumb slightly lifts up, pulling the deck apart. This is called “halving” the deck.
Most people think that riffling the deck is the same as shuffling the deck.
They are two different things. Riffling is one step in shuffling. Shuffling involves many
maneuvers put together in an exact way while riffling means you’re lacing the deck and then
pushing it together. Lacing the cards is a term used to describe a deck after a riffle has
occurred but before the cards are pushed in.
The people who have been in this industry for a long time will tell you that the quieter you riffle the deck the better.
With your hands flat and thumbs out combine the tips of your forefingers and thumbs. This should make a letter A. Press your
fingers down on the edges of the deck while letting the thumbs do all the work. Place your thumbs at the bottom corners of
the deck and while firmly pressing on the cards lift up and let the cards fall naturally. After you have gone all the way up,
the cards should be laced together and ready to be joined. After you feel comfortable riffling a single deck, slowly add more
cards until you’re able to riffle a double deck. At most casinos, you will not have to riffle more than two decks.
Chunking is when multiple cards stick together leaving large spaces in a laced deck. Do not chunk
because it prevents the cards from being properly riffled.
This maneuver is normally added to a shuffle routine. You begin the procedure by holding the deck
slightly above the table. Tilt one end very slightly and using your left hand hold the deck while
the middle finger and thumb take a chuck of cards from the top of the deck and placing it on the
table. Raise your right hand up and repeat the process 5 times. Depending on the casino you could
strip a deck a minimum of 3 times to a maximum of 7 times. Then, finally, straighten the sides.
This shuffling maneuver is done in various casinos. You start the procedure by holding the deck and then take 1/3 of
the bottom portion and turn it 180 degrees. Then place it on the top of the deck.