What Is The Most Common False
Of all of the false
shuffles, the bottom retention false shuffle is, in my
opinion, the most deceptive and most difficult to spot. I
make this statement from past experience. The full deck
false shuffles described previously are seldom used in
actual play… there just isn't any real reason except in some
cold deck scenarios (and to show off for the girls). Stock
control, the ability to know and maintain a small group of
cards, is far and away the most common type of false shuffle
you’ll ever encounter… and it's what gets the money.
The cards intended to be
controlled are on the bottom of the deck. A normal riffle
shuffle action is employed, with this exception… the bottom
cards are never mixed.
The deck is split in half
as with any normal riffle shuffle. The bottom retention is
accomplished by allowing the original bottom cards to fall
first. The remaining cards are legitimately shuffled as
The end result is the
original bottom cards are still on the bottom.
A false running cut may
also be utilized in an attempt to mimic the fair look of a
real shuffle-up. For home games, many players use different
forms of the riffle shuffle.
As you can see, it is quite
simple to maintain cards on the bottom of the deck.
What comes next is the
really clever part of the scheme. The cards are given a fair
In order to grasp the real
strength of this cheating technique you need to ask the
● How would you like to play
Hold'em and have a good idea of one card in each of your
● How about knowing or having
a good idea of both of your opponent's hole cards?
● What edge would you have if
you knew what cards were likely to fall on the flop?
● Is there an edge if you
knew a group of cards that could not possibly be in your
opponents hands or could never be dealt on the board?
Pretty strong… huh? Well, all
of the above scenarios can be accomplished with bottom card
retention… read on.
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