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How to Deal Blackjack
Card Counting Drills
           Because the game has to be dealt at a certain speed, you are not allowed the time to sit there and count the cards with their fingers. When the card comes out, you need to know immediately how much you have. That is how these drills are going to help you; by getting your speed up. First, you’ll need a deck of cards; make sure to take all the 10’s out of the deck. Flip over one card at a time, counting until you get the total number. Keep doing this until you go past 21 and “bust”. When you’re at home practicing, don’t worry about speed, take all the time you need to count the cards. Speed will come with practice.
Delivering the Cards from the Shoe
Delivering the Cards from the Shoe
           All cards will be dealt from a shoe located on the left-hand side of the table. The procedure for taking the cards out of the shoe start with you using your first two fingers of your left hand to push the cards up a bit and then slide the top card out.
Delivering the Cards from the Shoe
           As you flip the card up, grip with the middle finger and thumb.
Delivering the Cards from the Shoe
           With your right hand, grip the card with your thumb and the side of your forefinger and place in front of the players bet.
This shows the placement of the cards
           Placement of the cards is important.
When placing the second card on top of the first, make sure to place it on the side, where the empty white space.
This shows what Pips are on a card
           Do not cover the pips, the floor and the cameras must always be able to see the center pips. The “Pip” is the dot in the middle of the card that represents the value of that card.
The cards are placed in a way that is angled towards the dealer
           There are 2 ways you can place the cards on the table. The first, and most common way, is when the hands are angled and centered towards the dealer.
The cards are placed in a way that is angled parallel to the table
           The second way, and the way I like to use, is when the cards edges are parallel to the edge of the table. This makes it easier for the floor and cameras to see your cards.
           When dealing from the shoe, you will place the cards face up from left to right. On the first cycle, give the players one card, then give yourself one card facing down. On the second cycle, you will give the players their second card. Then slide your card over and with your right hand flip over your first card while making sure that the second card was not exposed in any way. Make sure to never place the cards on top of the cheques. On the first 2 spots on your left you are allowed to give the players their cards with your left hand because this makes dealing quicker. When sliding the card out of the shoe, grip the bottom of the card with your thumb and flip it over from bottom to top.
Delivering the Cards from a Handheld Deck
           The procedures for the handheld deck are different then from the shoe. The first thing you need to learn is how to properly hold the deck. For a right handed dealer hold the deck in your left hand and visa versa for left handed people.
How to hold the deck - finger placement
           Put your forefinger across the top edge of the deck.
How to hold the deck - from the players perspective
           Use the 3 remaining fingers to hold the deck and make sure they are tightly together so no one can see the deck underneath. The purpose is to cover the front and edges of the deck. Try not to grip too tightly.
Dealer is pushing up on the deck with the heel of their palm
The deck is now angled
           Use your palm to push the bottom of the deck up so that the deck fits snuggly in your hand and the deck will be angled.
How to hold the deck - finger placement
           Place your thumb on the top right corner of the deck and then push out so the card is ready for delivery.
Dealer holding the deck at the right level
           When holding the deck tilt it slightly up so that the players can’t see the top.
Dealer is holding the deck too high
The dealer is holding the deck too low
           Use your palm to push the bottom of the deck up so that the deck fits snuggly in your hand and the deck will be angled.
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