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Crooked Deal

Crooked deals, also call false deal, are advanced sleight-of-hand dealing techniques usually applied to deal a card from different parts of the deck other than the top. These techniques require time to master so they are used by full time professional cheats or advanced amateur cheats.

As the main purpose of crooked deals are to deal a card from different parts of the deck, the crooked deals usually combine with other techniques or tools to cheat in the game. For example, second deal combine with the marks deck and bottom deal combine with the stock.

There are 5 main type of crooked deal which are: 1. second deal, 2. bottom deal, 3. center deal, 4. greek deal (also called minus one bottom deal) and 5. double deal.

Let's take an in-dept look on the techniques one by one.

Second Deal:

Cards are dealt out directly second from top. There are two type of second deal which serve from different purpose, one is called the "strike" second deal and another one is called the "push off" second deal. Each one of those two deals offers advantages the other one lacks. The second deal employed almost exclusively in the connection with marked cards. It is obvious that the dealer will possess a very great advantage by being enabled to reserve for himself, or an ally, any desirable cards as they appear at the top. He need not bother about acquiring skill at blind shuffling, cutting stacking, or any of the hundred and one ruses know to the prodession.

For strike second deal: This is the basic method of second dealing. The top card is pushed off to the side as if to be dealt. This action automatically exposes the back of the card second from the top of the deck allowing the thumb of the other hand to touch the back of the exposed second card and take it away. Since the action happens quickly the right thumb really comes in contact of the deck momentarily. Therefore it strikes the deck. This is where the expression strike second comes from.

For push off second deal: This is the harder one of the two method of second dealing. The cheat will push -off two top cards as one in almost perfect alignment and then pull out the lower one of the two with the right hand. The entire action takes place in a split second and when done correctly it looks as if the pot card was dealt. The most difficult part of this method is being able to push-off two cards as one off the top of the deck. This is one reason why this method is superior over the strike second. A cheat who is able to push off two cards as one will take his skill to the next step and learn to shoot the second card out of the deck all with one hand. Average people will not suspect any such maneuver might have happened it the dealer used only one hand to deal the cards.

Bottom Deal:

The art of dealing from the bottom, although not the most difficult to attain, is perhaps the most highly prized accomplishment in the repertory of the professional. The bottom is the most convenient place for retaining desirable cards during the shuffle or riffle, and perfection in dealing from that position obviates to a great extent the necessity of stocking, as the cards can be dealt at will, and consequently need not be run up in a certain order. Like acquiring many other feats, a perfect understand of the exact manner in which it is performed will avoid the principal difficulties. Practice will soon do the rest. There are also two types of bottom deal, one is "strike" and other is "push off", again, two deals offers advantages the other one lacks.

For strike bottom deal: This is my favorite to deal card from bottom, in my opinion, the strike bottom deal is harder and more deceptive than push off. At least for myself, strike bottom fit me well, i just hold the deck in simple dealing grip and execute the strike bottom deal. Hold the deck in the left hand and deal the cards, when bottom card is needed, just execute the strike deal, for beginners, when bottom card strike out, it usually cause the deck to lose balance and drop. However, for a skill cheater, he can execute the move without any suspicious.

For push off bottom deal: some cheaters will push out the bottom card by the second finger, but for my, I will push out by my third finger, since i want more cover to do the push off bottom.

Centre Deal:

As the name suggests, the center deal is a technique used for dealing cards from the center of the deck. One of the greatest disadvantages of the bottom deal is the need to nullify the cut. For many years, many were debating whether or not it is even possible to deal cards from the center of the deck. One day rumors of a gambler named Allen Kennedy began to emerge. He, allegedly, had worked out a method of dealing centers. These rumors eventually came to the attention of a legendary magician, Dai Vernon. Soon after he set out to look for Allen Kennedy. To cut a long story short, Dai Vernon did end up finding the hustler and the man ended up teaching Vernon the move. The main purpose of the center deal is to deal cards directly from center which means, the sharks need not to nullify the cut. However, one of the disadvantage is that center deal need considerably of practise before it can be mastered it, therefore, many people give up of this sleight.

Greek Deal:

Greek deal also known as minus one bottom deal, without doubt, the desired card is second from bottom and should be dealt out at will for some of the top card cheaters in the world, but i can tell you that not many people could master the move. In Blackjack a Joker is kept on the bottom of the deck. There are two reasons for this. One reason is that it prevents anyone from catching a glimpse at the bottom card. The other reason is to prevent bottom dealing. This presents a problem for base dealers. Therefore, greek deal can overcome this problem.

Double Deal:

There are two basic versions of the Double Deal. One is similar to the Push-off Second Deal, two cards are pushed off as one but in this case the right hand takes both cards away in perfect alignment. The other version takes the top card and the bottom card together as one. The later is most common with cheats who managed to cull a desired card to the bottom of then deck and wish to increase their odds by adding it to their hand as an extra card.

The purpose of the double deal is of course for the cheat to get a hold of an extra card. This doesn't guarantee a sure win but really increases the odds - especially in the long run. Most cheats are only after an edge any way.

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