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In this video, you will learn how to shuffle a deck of cards like a professional, casino dealer would learn in a poker dealer school. We take you step by step through the professional shuffle and really slow it down and explain the details of how to shuffle cards. Below are the concepts discussed in the video.
The steps of the shuffle are as follows:
Wash the cards – Every card face should touch the felt at least once in a wash. A full wash is about 7 seconds or so. A mini-wash would be 2 – 3 seconds.
Collect the cards – Either surround the cards with your hands and bring them inward, or you can kinda close your fingers on them, pulling them into a tight pile with your fingers.
Pick up the cards – Take one card off the top, and put it on the bottom – now you can hold all of the cards. Then turn the deck away from your body since this is poker.
Square the deck – Place your hand next to the cards that you’re holding to prevent them from going flying and drop them on the table to create a flat edge to work off of. Find some cards that are horizontal and create an inlet on one side with an index finger. The hand that created the inlet will push the whole deck toward your other hand. The thumb of your other hand will spin the cards together to square them all up.
How to Riffle the deck – This is the tough part of the shuffle. Mirror each hand on the deck for these instructions. Your middle finger and your ring finger go toward the top edge of the deck, and your thumb is opposite them. The index finger floats in the middle. The pinkies go on the outside of the deck. Split the deck in half. Index fingers go to the insides of the deck halves. Bring the deck halves together by push your index fingers against each other. Slightly angle the deck. Slide your thumbs to the corners of the deck halves and get them underneath the corners. Flatten your fingers with your pinkies on the outside. Riffle the cards by letting the cards fall. Pinkies push the riffled deck together.
How to box the deck – Keeping the deck parallel to the table at all times, take the top quarter of the deck and place it on the felt. Take the next quarter of the deck and place it on the first quarter of the deck and then again. Take the last quarter of the deck and place it on the rest of the deck.
After squaring the deck, the sequence goes Riffle, Riffle, Box, Riffle
Clear your hand – Quickly show the full palm and full back of the hand that will cut the deck to the ceiling.
Cut the deck – This is done with only one hand. The cut card goes in front of your deck. Take either one third or two thirds of the deck off the top and place it on the cut card. Place the remaining portion of the deck on the first part.
Clear your hand again.
Place the cut deck into your hand – To square the deck away, either take your thumb and index finger and brush the cards together or take the front knuckle of one of your fingers and push them together. You never want to prevent someone from being able to see the top of the deck. One proper deck grip includes your index finger protecting the top of the deck and your other three fingers protecting the side of your deck with your thumb in a flexible position on the other side.
Now you know how to shuffle cards like a pro!