﻿ How to Deal Blackjack - Picking, Bridging and Stacks
This is a very useful skill when getting cheques out of the rack. You will usually pick up no more than 5 cheques at a time. The procedure for picking cheques starts with reaching into the rack.
Use the index finger and thumb to pick out the required amount while keeping the chips in between your two fingers. When the required amount is picked you will deliver the cheques.
There will be times when you need to bridge the cheques. Size into the bet and place the extra chips on top of the two bets. Bridging the cheques makes the bet easier to read for both the player and cameras. When paying a bet never splash the cheques, always bridge them.
The cheques are stacked in a set of 20. A good floor will be able to tell a proper stack just by looking at it or feeling it. Experienced dealers, floor and camera surveillance can easily spot a stack of 5. Each denomination has a total set amount per stack of 20. One stack of \$1 cheques equals \$20. One stack of \$5 cheques equals \$100. One stack of \$25 cheques equals \$500. One stack of \$100 cheques equals \$2,000. And, one stack of \$500 cheques equals \$10,000. If there is a pile of chips, of the same denomination, on the betting circle, then that pile must be broken down into stacks. There are two methods for doing this.

The first method is used if the cheque denomination is a \$1, \$5, \$100, \$1,000, or \$5,000.
If the pile is between 1 and 5 cheques then that pile is 1 stack.
If the pile has 6 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 3 cheques each.
If the pile has 7 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 3 cheques each plus 1 on the side.
If the pile has 8 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 4 cheques each.
If the pile has 9 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 4 cheques each plus 1 on the side.
And if the pile has 10 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 5 cheques each.

When handling a 20 stack of \$1,000 or \$5,000 cheques always prove the last stack, of 5 cheques, by 2 stacks of 2 cheques each plus 1 on the side. \$500, \$1,000 and \$5,000 cheques are not to be used unless directed by the floormen.

The second method is used if the cheque denomination is a \$25 or \$500.
If the pile is between 1 and 4 cheques then that pile is 1 stack.
If the pile has 5 cheques then it is broken down into 1 stack of 4 cheques plus one on the side.
If the pile has 6 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 3 cheques each.
If the pile has 7 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 3 cheques each plus one on the side.
If the pile has 8 cheques then it is broken down into 2 stacks of 4 cheques each.

When handling a 20 stack of \$500 cheques always prove the last stack, of 4 cheques, by 2 stacks of 2 cheques each. All money transactions must be seen from all sides and plainly understood. Never stack cheques higher than their max and use equal stacks when possible.
Player’s must stack their multicolor bets in a certain order so the bet isn’t messy or hard to read. The largest denomination must be on the bottom, 2nd largest will be above that and so on until the smallest is on top. When paying a multicolor bet, break down the bet into stacks of the same denomination and then size into them. Leave the cheques broken down; it’s the player’s responsibility to stack the cheques back up. According to people who have been in the industry for a long time, the quieter you handle cheques the better of a dealer you are.