Decks and Shuffling
When the dealer shuffles the cards he or she might
be shuffling anywhere from a single up to eight decks together.
After the cards are shuffled, the complete deck is put in front of a
player to be cut. The player sitting to the dealerís left is normally the
one to cut first and the cutting rotates clockwise amongst the players on
The player is given a plastic card to place anywhere he chooses in the
deck. The deck is split at that point and the cards that were on the bottom
are moved to the top.
If you do not wish to cut the cards you can pass and it will go to the
next player. Some players refuse to cut based on superstition.
After the dealer places all the cards together he will remove the first
card. This is referred to as burning a card. This card is normally placed
in a plastic holder and all subsequent discarded playing cards are placed on
The dealer will also place the red card somewhere in the deck and only
deal cards until that card has been reached. He or she will continue dealing
that particular round, but reshuffle the deck as soon as that round is
completed. In other words he will not deal up the whole deck. The placement
of this card is very important to card counters and the deeper it is placed,
the better it is for card counters. This is referred to as "penetration".