Skilled card players develop the ability to replay past events in the mind's eye; this is known as tacheoscopic vision. This is a very useful ability to use in shuffle-spooking. Specialist computer software exists to develop this skill.

Another exploitable vulnerability in the shuffle exists in some casinos where a cut-card is used to cut off a fixed number of cards, usually fourteen, and one more hand is dealt when the cut-card comes out. This is the house procedure in many American riverboat casinos and in countries such as Australia. The dealer puts one cut-card at the bottom of the deck and another more than fourteen cards above it, say fifteen to twenty. He removes this segment from the pack and puts it on the table. As the dealer lifts the clump, he will expose the card on the back to anyone standing immediately behind the dealer. An agent can signal the value of this card to a player immediately in front of the dealer. The front player counts the number of cards in the segment. This isn't difficult, as the dealer will insert the cut-card fourteen cards from the bottom, although the front player will have only a second or two to do this. You will then know how many cards separate the bottom of the deck from the card at the bottom of the stack.

Then all that is required is to count down from 416 (or 312 in a sixdeck games), betting the table minimum on the banker, till you know the card you have spotted is about to be played. You can then place a large bet on whatever wager is favored by that card.

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Tight and Aggressive Starting Strategy
This brings up the second idea in starting play: Don't bet all your chips before the flop unless you have a specific tactical reason to do so. Phil Hellmuth, Jr., one of the greatest tournament players in the world, has a book out called Play Poker Like: the Prosan excellent all-in-one source for more advanced guidance on all the games I cover in this book. In his chapter oil no-limit play, lie writes that he "absolutely hates" getting all his chips into the pot no matter what he has.1'JThis deceptively simple idea is actually a core strategic principle in no-limit. As Hellmuth explains, every time you have all your chips in the pot, you can lose-in fact, that's the only way you can lose. And when you are all-in before the flop, you have no farther control over that loss. For example, even if you go all-in with AA before the flop and get called by a moron with 54 suited, the moron will beat you one out of five times. This is still a good bet for you, of course, and you have to be willing to bet everything before the flop under certain circumstances; the most common reason is a re-raise to ensure you get heads up. But if you can achieve that without betting everything on two cards, it's usually better to give yourself the flexibility to play poker after the flop.
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