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False Card Dealing

By Rick Valois

False Card Dealing:
Riffle Stacking

To learn all of the tricks in playing cards, you must learn about the False Deals. Mainly we're going to talk about Riffle Stacking, because it is the most challenging false deal that you can perform as well as the most affective.

It is the most challenging type of False Deal, because you are arranging the cards while actually shuffling them. Let's go into a little more detail of what I mean by arranging. You can start off with the two cards that you wish to have in your hand on the top of the deck. These can be obtained best from the last hand, and it's your turn to deal. Now that you have your desired hand, you need to find the number of players you are against. For an example, we'll say there're four players in the game. Since you are the 4th to play, you simply need 3 cards on top of each of your cards. This will make your desired hand in the 4th position. Now, how do you pull this off while being watched?

First, split the deck in 2 piles, so that you can shuffle them into each other. With your fingers on the outside and your thumbs on the inside, you begin by lifting your thumbs as to flick the corners of each deck into the other. Without paying attention, this would be a fair shuffle. As your thumbs are doing this, you are paying attention to the face of the cards as they flip down right in front of you. With your cards on top in the right hand, you begin to shuffle. You let all the cards down until you get to your 2 cards. Then the left hand is all let down, but you hold back three cards. You then drop one of your desired cards from the right hand, drop the remainder three from your left hand, and then drop your last desired card from the right hand on top. On the second deal, you'll basically do the same thing, but this time you'll only need to hold back three cards in the left hand, and let them fall on top of your final desired card. In the end, you will be left with 3 cards, then your card, 3 cards, then your second card. It takes practice to get used to holding back a specific number of cards, so simply start off trying to hold back 1 card. After working your way up through practice, you'll be able to hold back as many as 6 cards without even thinking about it.

Written by:
Rick Valois

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This article is based on information gathered from the DVD, "Weapons of the Card Shark", by Jeff Wessmiller of

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