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Often a player in a position seated to the far right or far left of the dealer can spot the card at the bottom of the pile as it is shuffled. If he can get the cut-card he can cut this card to the top, or if another player performs this action, he may able to estimate the number of cards before it appears. Some casinos are alert to this technique and specify a minimum number of cards to be cut from the top or bottom of the deck. This technique can be very lucrative; if you bet ten times your average bank bet on whatever wager is favored by the first card, you can average a profit on an entire six-deck shoe. The proviso is that you need to practice the technique until you can perform it with near 100 percent accuracy. It is helpful to take a deck of cards, remove half a deck, or less, at random, and attempt to estimate the precise number of cards remaining. You should practice until you can do this nineteen times out of twenty with no error. You must be able to predict exactly when this card will come up more than 50 percent of the time or you will have no advantage at all.

After the bottom card has been dealt, assuming you are using no other advantage-play technique, you should leave the table. Of course, if you persistently leave the table after the first few hands you may attract attention, so sometimes it may be wise to play deeper into the deck for cover purposes. It is best to play with 100 percent control of the cut card, so a player should either try to find a heads-up games or play with a team who can occupy all the available seats.

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Mishandled Cards and Hands
1. A card from a players hand that is dropped onto the floor or is otherwise possibly exposed during play remains live, but must be shown to all players.
2. If a player unintentionally exposes his hole cards to another player, the observing player must announce the fact. Play continues normally If the first player folds and the observing player retains a live hand, the revealed hand may be shown to all players upon request. If the same player exposes his hand repeatedly, it is treated as intentional exposure, as below.
3. Show one, show all. If a player intentionally shows his cards to another player with a live hand, the entire hand is considered exposed and must he show to all players immediately; if 'a player shows his cards to another player who does not hand a live hand, the exposed hand must be preserved and, upon any request, shown to all players after the hand is complete. This rule applies even it 'the card exposure occurs after the hand is decided.
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