Poker Basics: How To Shuffle Cards Like a Pro
If you play in home poker games where each player deals you’ll see beginners making a lot of mistakes shuffling the cards. To make sure the game’s fair it’s really important that the cards get properly shuffled, and that no one at the table sees where cards are in the deck. The good news is that there are a few easy steps to learning the right way to shuffle cards. Every shuffle should start by giving the cards a wash. Just spread them out facedown and make sure every card comes in contact with the felt. Then gather them up and use one card to pick up the pile. Turn the pile on its side and square the deck. The second step is called the riffle. First, break the deck into two halves. Grab each half using your four fingers, align the inside corner, and use your thumbs to bend the corners up and left the cards fall into place. Relax your grip and push the two halves of the deck together. The third step is called the box. Pick up the deck in one hand and use your other hand to take about a quarter of the cards off the top. Put it down on the felt and repeat until you’ve gone through the entire deck. The last step is cutting the deck. Now let’s put all the steps together. In most casinos, poker dealers are taught to wash the cards, riffle twice, box, riffle one more time and then cut the deck. And make sure to keep the deck on the table while you’re doing it so no one can see the bottom card. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.