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Nullifying The Cut

Nullifying the cut, also called beat the cut, is used to overcome the problem that the players in the game may require cutting the deck. Once the deck is being cut, the stock order will be mixed and the sharks couldn't get any advantages of the stacking or arranging procedures. Some sharps go over this obstacle by avoiding the cut altogether. The cheat may simply fail to offer the deck to be cut and just start dealing. This will pass only in so called "friendly" games. However, it will be suspicious if the deck is not being cut, so the shuffling procedure should be include:

1. shuffling
2. cutting by dealer
3. cutting by players

Missing any of the above steps may arouse suspicion, therefore, Nullifying the cut is a necessary step in the cheater process.

There are several types of beating the cut, some require high skill level and some require only little pros.

Some examples of beating the cut are list below:

1. The shift, also called the pass or the hop, is one of the most difficult sleight-of-hand card moves to master. It is actually nothing but a cut, which happens smoothly and under a certain angle, so that it is unnoticeable. Such as classic pass, jiggle pass and dribble pass are some types of shift used to nullifying the cut.

2. The jog is nothing but a card protruding beyond the edge of the deck. This jog mark off the cut and enables the mechanic's agent to cut the deck at the desired point. The agent simply grabs the deck from above by the sides in readiness for a cut. In doing so he presses either downwards or upwards onto the jogged card, thus forming a break either above or bellow the jogged card (depending on the agreement between cheats). Once the break is secured the agent only has to split the deck at that point.

3. The crimp is a bend in the cards. In some cases a crimp can be made to mark important cards (such as aces), but in this case the crimp is made to mark off the position for the cut. Again, this can be used either to force the cut or to help the agent cut at the correct place.

4. Salt, Who would think that a few grains of kitchen salt may be used to cheat at cards? In this case salt can be used to force a cut upon an unsuspecting player. The cheat will simply sprinkle some salt onto the deck and cut. Then the deck is offered to the other player or the agent. Again, chances are, the deck will split right at the "seasoned" spot, where it has been marked off for the cut.

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