Poker Basics: How To Shuffle Cards Like a Pro

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Published on 28 April 2014 by Pokerlistings 2156

If you're playing in a home game without a professional poker dealer, each player having to shuffle the cards can be a big problem. Sometimes people don't effectively mix up the cards or worse, they allow people to see cards being dealt or the card on the bottom of the deck. With this video you can learn to shuffle cards like a professional in just two minutes and you can make sure you're shuffling the right way at your next home game. There are a few steps you need to learn to shuffle like a pro. First give the cards a wash. Just spread the whole deck out on the table and make sure every card touches the felt. Next, learn the riffle. This is also called a table shuffle and it's really effective because you don't even have to lift the cards off the table to do it. Break the deck into two halves and bend the corners up with your thumbs to riffle the two halves together. Next comes the box. Take the deck in one hand and use your other hand to take about a quarter of the deck off the top. Drop that on the felt and repeat until you've gone through the entire deck. Next cut the cards. Most dealers learn a specific routine which starts with giving the cards a wash, riffling twice, boxing the deck, riffling once more and then cutting the deck onto a cut card. Follow along with the video and with a little practice you'll be able to do it 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.

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