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.
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.