Baccarat Shuffle checking Zarrow


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If a shuffle-check is required, techniques are possible to bypass this safeguard. Since.the shuffle-check provides positive confirmation that the cards were shuffled,, cheaters needed a way to make it look as if the cards were shuffled, when in fact they were not. How could it be done? The solution turns out to be surprisingly simple ... almost obvious. Unshuffle the cards!

Lets say that were in the final stage of a inultideck shuffling procedure. To complete the procedure, each packet of cards must go through a riffle-strip-riffle, leaving the last riffle in, shuffle2- check position. Here is a sequence of moves that accomplishes just that, without ever shuffling the cards.

The first shuffle is a 'sky shuffle’, a complete full-deck control. Next, faking the strip consists of stripping a number of thin packets off the bottom, and these packets naturally fall into an unsquared position (Fig. 9). Holding the shuffled packet by the extreme ends, the protruding cards are extracted (Fig. 10). Described another way, .the, dealer is unshuffling the riffle by reversing the process. The halves are extracted until only the tips remain riffled (Fig. 11). And last, the final riffle is faked by riffling the packets while interlaced"(Fig., 12); The ^dyfer/from 'the hands is much like the- sky shuffle. Both halves are then immediately pushed in another two inches, and the packet moved forward to shuffle-check position. Nothing changes, it’s a complete fake. Not only have the cards apparendy


ready for the false shuffles.

Another approach has the dealers splitting the decks into two halves, ribbon spreading each’half (Fig. 14), then meshing the ribbon spreads into'one another to begin the wash. One ribbon is tight on the bottom (the slug) and loose near the middle and top. Both spreads can be pushed together, retaining the bottom slug (Fig. IS). From here, the slug can stay off to the side, under the elbow, as the hands "wash all other cards legitimately (Fig. 16). The slug is picked up first to start the squaring process (Fig. 17), When a slug has a slight bevel, like a tight ribbon spread, its easy to take forty to fifty cards and appear to forcefully move them into the slugt What actually happens is that these cards ride up on top of the slug, and don’t get mixed. Most of the controls designed to fake the wash rely on this principle.


Perhaps the best method of faking the wash employs a little-known technique. Its based on the fact that,'without too much effort, one can wash the cards on top of a slug without disturbing it. Moreover, the washing action can actually help hide the slug during the procedure.

As the decks are spread, they are lightly dropped on top of the slug. The slug stays dead, center as all the other cards are spread on top and around it. The more cards, the better. The hands move normally in circular motions, lightly touching and washing only the top cards (Fig. 18). The illusion is very good from up above. Its as if a rock is hiding beneath the upper layer of cards


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Once the dealer applies pressure, its easy for him to home in on the slug, square up a packet including the slug, and go from there.

This is one of those things that you would never even consider unless you spread some cards on the table and tried it. It works, and surveillance would have litde chance of picking off the method.

In short, getting by the tightest of procedures is not impossible. For other methods of faking the wash/scramble, see the poker chapter.

Big Table Baccarat

In Jhiwformat, the cairds are changed after every shoe, so the cheaters aren't left with many options. They must either build a slug from the new decks sequence, or employ the clever ruse of building the slug'during the shuffle.

New Deck Slug

This procedure surfaced some years back, and it works with new deck slugs. The idea is to create and control small slugs of new deck sequences, comprised of two or more suits, as you wouldn't want the cards to hit the layout in obvious new deck birder^f ace^Shearts, two of hearts, three of hearts, and so on ;

Many shuffling procedures in baccarat; begin - with1 the dealer riffling each new deck once or twice, independently, before starting the actual shuffling procedure. The individual decks are shuffled as follows. Cutting slightly less than half the|d^]«ro;the left, the right side is riffled under the top three cards,ithe ace, two, andftnree ofijhearts. The^s^Qim^iffle;;is a lopsided riffle controlling about eight cards. What this accomplishes is to put a bunch of high cards . under the ace, two, and three. When the dealer breaks the deck for the first riffle, he may cut to the JC, QC, KC, or KD. This is a four-card leeway, resulting in four possible slugs: ;

AH, 2H, V . » AH, 2H, 3H, JcJ^Ke, KD, QD

AH, 2H, 3H, QC, KC, KD, QDf D AH, 2l|| 3H, KC, KD, QD, JD, 10D

As many of these slugs, as practical, are then false shuffled during the complete shuffling procedure, which puts the cheaters in the following position. The banker wins-after any hand ending with AH, the player wins after any hand ending with the 2H, and hands ending with the 3H win for the banker in most cases. Even when the slug is too short to complete the entire hand, the banker tfs’ still the favorite as both sides will often have counts of zero, the player drawing a ten-value will not improve, and almost any random card, other than a ten-value, still results in a win fpr the bankers side. One could even bet the tie in this spot.