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Hi guys,

What are the worst methods you have ever ran across around the card tables (I don't mind whether your context is casino, amateur, private, etc.)? I was talking about it a few minutes ago and here are a few that comes to my mind.

- I remember one guy always cutting that way: when he lifted the top potion of the deck to be cut he always tilted it a bit towards his partner (was a game were you play in team). Quite fast. It looked like he was slapping the top portion on the table, but in fact he was flashing its bottom card.

- One quite common. After the wash when the cards are gathered at one moment you have the deck held vertically, when you square the deck. How many times I saw guys holding the deck with the faces of the cards towards them instead facing the players... Very handy for killing cards. There are 1,000 variants of that one.

- Guys dropping cards when it's their turn to shuffle. Of course they start to shuffle then pick up the couple of cards dropped, glimpse them, put them back on top of the deck and then, they "shuffle".

- The cell phone used as a shiner. I've even seen more conspicuous. A card guard which has such a big reflecting area that you could spot the card dealt from across the table!

- One I hate a lot. "Mates" exchanging chips for instance because they're missing low denomination chips. You can be sure the shortest stack of the two is getting some "extra" during the operation.

- Guys stealing chips (with the club/pub logo) and bringing them back for the Sunday cash game.

- Those slowing down the last riffle in order to glimpse the last 2-3 top cards.

- Guys folding but flashing the cards they throw into the deadwood to their mate on the left... who will shuffle right after. I must say it's a good way to gather 2 good cards when you play with a partner though Smile.

- About glimpses there are 1,000 methods, like starting the riffle lifting the packets so high that you can peek the bottom cards.

- Not common now, because the use of plastic cards and no smoking allowed around the tables, but guys marking the back of the cards with everything. For instance, oh shucks, you just dropped a bit of ash on your cards, quick let's dust them...

- One very lousy. A guy hails a friend just entering the room. Don't turn your head to know who is it, peeking the cards in your hands is easy...

- A guy asking for counting the cards. And while counting them (face down) out loud and slapping the cards, he glimpses (or flashes) the last ones.

- Another one very lame. I remember a guy always putting his pint behind the back of the players at his right or his left. Of course, each time he took his glass, it was a good opportunity for peeking their cards (amazingly, he always got thirsty while the guys were checking their hole cards).

- One I hated. Guys helping you to "gather" the pot you've just won (chips splashed). Check their hands!

There are millions of lame ruses like that. Me I "liked" them because they need no sleight of hand. Just guts and not many brain cells.
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You're giving away the good stuff Arnold, Sshhhh!
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I remember once playing a drinking game and someone had essentially used a very obvious one way deck and sorted it. It was pretty interesting as no one else noticed the is method was available.
In actual games, well I don't have too much to experience but have read some, um, interesting ideas.
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