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Learn How to Shuffle Cards

Many people have difficulty shuffling playing cards, and this can be problematic when playing at a table without a professional dealer – such as in home games or self dealt games (where each player takes it in turn to shuffle and deal). The solution to this problem is to get a pack of playing cards and learn how to shuffle – which is the objective of these card shuffling tutorials.

Over the years I’ve sat next to lots of players who say “I can’t shuffle” or “excuse my poor shuffling”. If they’re really bad then someone usually offers to shuffle for them, for which they’re usually grateful. If you fall into this minority of poker players then now is the time to learn. You probably can’t shuffle because you’ve never been taught the correct techniques. While you may think shuffling cards looks hard or complicated, it’s actually fairly easy. It’s similar to when you learn how to play poker, i.e. understanding the correct techniques, and then practicing. Repetition is the key to success!

6 Card Shuffling Tutorials

There are many different ways to shuffle a deck of cards. For these card shuffling tutorials I’ll be covering the following methods:

  • The Strip Shuffle – Also known as running cuts and is a great finish for the table riffle shuffle.

The Overhand Shuffle

The overhand shuffle is the shuffling technique most employed by beginners so this is where we’ll start. The standard overhand shuffle is a simple way to shuffle cards. It is a very open, casual, somewhat sloppy shuffle, in contrast to the more elegant riffle shuffle and table shuffle which will be explained later.

The Handling

  1. Hold the deck by the sides so that the deck is on its edge.
  2. The fingers of the right hand rest lightly against the back of the deck, thumb on top.
  3. The left hand grips the deck and lifts off as the thumb holds a few cards back
  4. The thumb moves out of the way as the left hand comes back down.
  5. The thumb then takes a few more cards.
  6. As the left hand again moves up
  7. This action is repeated several times
  8. The deck is finally squared up.

Important Points / Tips

  • The important point with this shuffle is to have a light touch.
  • You may also like to curl the index finger of the right hand around the deck to offer extra support.
  • If you find the thumb is taking too many cards in big groups or it is only taking single cards then don’t worry about this, with further practise you will get the balance right.
  • Instead of using the thumb to pull the cards off, you can just use the other hand to throw the cards down. Some people find this easier to do and a more natural action.

The Hindu Shuffle

I don’t know why this is called the Hindu shuffle, but my guess is that it originates from India. I have seen lots of Asian people shuffle cards using this technique. There is a similar shuffle called the Arab Shuffle, but I prefer this handling. The shuffle is very simple and quite easy to perform. Once you have the hang of this shuffle I’m sure you’ll use it all the time.

  1. Hold the deck by the end with the thumb and middle finger. The index finger can rest lightly on top for more support.
  2. Here is an image from below.
  3. The right hand comes underneath the deck. The thumb, middle and ring finger touch the side of the deck. The index finger stays out in front.
  4. The right hand lightly takes packets of cards from the top of the deck.
  5. The removed cards fall onto the palm of the right hand. The index finger stops the cards from flying forward.
  6. The right hand goes beneath the deck once more and removes another packet.
  7. This action is repeated several times until there are only a few cards left. These are placed ontop of the deck, which is then squared.
  8. An image from behind to show you the correct technique.
  • The key to this shuffle is to form a trap with the fingers so that the cards fall neatly into the palm. The index finger is especially important as it will stop the cards from flying everywhere.
  • The index finger of the other hand can go where you like. I usually keep it well out of the way.
  • It is up to you about how many packets you glide off the top. I usually drag about ten packets then repeat the shuffle again.
  • Don’t go too fast at first, unless you want to perform the 52 card pick up trick!

The Weave Shuffle

To be honest I rarely use this shuffle as I prefer the riffle shuffle, which is much quicker. However this is a very easy shuffle and is ideal for people who have yet to master the riffle shuffle. It’s easy yet it does a good job of mixing the cards.

  1. Hold the cards by the edge and using the thumb seperate about half the cards.
  2. Align the upper pack of cards against the lower pack.
  3. Weave the cards together by the edges.
  4. Push the cards together by about an inch or so.
  5. Bend the cards with the palm of the left hand and then release the pressure.
  6. Square the cards up.
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