reader says: I ran across a sequence of shoes which
was very strange. While playing against Ted, I observed
that almost every shoe was "bad:" Being
curious, I continued playing. Ted was abnormally accurate
in splitting the cards into six piles for the shuffle,
and performed a very fine shuffle (not perfect). Whether
by chance or design, the cut card was then given to
a person who cut the deck for a "negative"
sequence. Now these people who cut (only 4 out of
7 people really got to cut the deck) were fairly consistent
in where they placed the card - certainly nothing
abnormal about that. However, the result brings up
the frightening possibility of the dealer using the
skill of the player against the player. By hav-ing
a good idea where people will cut, the dealer can
give the cut card to the appropriate person.
Now, if I was doing the dirty dealing, I would try
to clump the large cards at the very end of the pack
rather than the small cards as happened here. This
would be a total disaster for the player! I was wondering
if cheating of this form actually occurs, and if so,
how common is it?
an even more basic level, you can't even play poker
unless you can find some opponents. Unlike a casino
blackjack game, which will commence anytime you are
ready to play, a casino poker game can't start unless
at least two people are willing to play. The ability
to find opponents who are less skilled than you lies
at the very heart of your poker hopes. Let's take
a look at how you can and should find the right opponents.