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Cheating playing cards is a common card game technique in which the cheat uses sleight of hand to switch cards or gain knowledge about other players’ cards. A well-executed crooked transaction can allow the cheater to win the game. This type of cheating is typically done by a card mechanic or a card sharp, who are skilled at the art of card manipulation. There are a variety of ways to cheat at playing cards. These range from simple sleights of hand, to high-tech invisible markings that only can be seen by special contact lenses.
The simplest way to cheat at a card game is by secretly scratching, denting or bending the cards. This is done before the cards are played, and can give a cheater a huge edge when they reshuffle the cards and deal their winning hands. It is important to note that any form of cheating must be done without the other players noticing. This means the card cheater must have an accomplice, and a plan set up before the game.
Another popular method of cheating at a card game is to prepare the deck before the game starts. The cheat will bring in a deck that is already arranged or stacked so that the cards are in the right place when the deck is reshuffled. Typically the cheat would also conduct a false shuffle and even use a postilion to prevent the bottom card from being noticed.
Lastly, a card cheat may simply riffle the cards to reveal a hidden mark. This is done to an entire deck and can be hard to detect. The marks must be a specific color and size, and they cannot be obvious. Otherwise, the other players may realize that the cheater has hidden something.
A second deal is a more dangerous way to cheat at cards. This is also known as a crooked transaction. Card cheats will use culling, mucking or palming to move the desired cards to the top. They then deal the card to themselves after pushing over the first deal. The second deal is detected by a snapping noise or the bottom cards slipping to the side.
In order to avoid being a victim of card cheating it is important to play with good manners and be attentive. The player on the left should shuffle, deal and cut the cards. Players should be assigned seats so that there is no room for collusion or distraction. To ensure that the cards are all present, it’s a good practice to count them before and after each deal. Finally, it is a good idea to play with regular cards instead of expensive poker cards or stylish custom decks that can be easily stolen.