The shoe is available in the 4-deck, 6-deck and 8-deck varieties. The shoe is a plastic device that holds the cards until ready for delivery. There are some games, like Baccarat, that may have larger shoes.
There is an opening in the front of the shoe where the dealer places their finger to slip out the next card. There are a variety of openings out there, including the faceplate covers (trap door), and the skirts (brush).
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.
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.
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.
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 is a simple shuffling procedure:
To start the procedure:
To start the procedure: