shoe is now given to the first player, i.e., the player
sitting in seat one (or to whichever seat to the caller's
right has the first player position.) The first player
will deal until a player hand wins. Interestingly
enough, the player dealing is technically called the
banker. When a player hand wins, the shoe is passed
to the second player, who now becomes the banker.
The shoe is passed around the table in a counterclockwise
fashion, and every player usually gets a chance to
deal. When the shoe makes its way to the fifteenth
player (or whichever player is last), it goes back
to first player.
The object of the games is for player or bank to win
by beating the other hand. The highest hand total
Let's say that the first player now has the shoe.
The dealer known as the callman will indicate that
all bets have been placed. When all bets are down,
the callman will indicate that the deal will begin.
The first card belongs to the player hand. It will
be dealt facedown and slid over to the player hand.
Then the dealer will deal himself a card for the bank,
which is put next to, or slightly under, the shoe.
most people think of serious cheating at poker, they
visualize slick professionals who manipulate the cards
by bottom dealing, stacking the deck, or something
like that. This is the kind of thing you should worry
about least. You will foil 99 percent of aspiring
"mechanics," as these people are called
in the movies, by simply using a cut card, insisting
that the deck is shuffled and cut properly before
every deal (as described in the previous chapter),
and never allowing the deck to go out of sight. The
1 percent of cheaters who can consistently beat these
measures have much more lucrative places to be than
your living room.