This shuffling video demonstrates how to riffle shuffle a deck of cards. This is a standard card
shuffling technique that is one of the most common shuffles used in casinos and poker rooms. The riffle
shuffle may be performed with the cards lying on the table (the Table Riffle Shuffle) or with the
cards lifted off the table (the Off-table Riffle Shuffle). The table riffle shuffle is
preferred due to the added security of leaving the cards lying on the table, making it less likely that
any of the cards can be seen by the players. The riffle shuffle is very effective at randomizing the order
of playing cards in a deck.
How to riffle shuffle a deck of cards
Place the deck face down in front of you on the table.
Place both thumbs on the near long edge of the deck. Place both middle and ring fingers on the far
long edge of the deck. Place your pinky fingers on the outside short edges of the deck.
Cut the deck in half by lifting the top half of the deck slightly off the table and to the right.
Move the lower half of the cards slightly to the left.
Angle the two halves of the deck so that the outside short edges come closer to you by about 20%.
Using your pinky fingers, move the cards closer together and using your thumbs, lightly bend up the
two intersecting corners. Your thumbs (and the two decks) should almost be touching each other.
Release some of the pressure on your thumbs and allow the corners of each card to fall into one
another as they drop to the table. Try to make the cards alternate between the two decks as they fall.
Leaving the cards on the table, square the deck by using your fingers (especially your pinky fingers)
to push the two halves together. Refrain from lifting the cards off the table in a bridging motion.
Always keep the cards low to the table. Lift as little of the card as possible.
Try to bend the cards as little as needed. Experienced dealers will be able to hardly bend the cards at
all, using only a very small portion of the corners - this is sometimes referred to as a Dovetail
shuffle. You can help bend the cards by applying a bit of downward pressure to the top of the cards
using your index finger(s). Very little pressure is actually needed as the cards almost fall into place on
Closed riffle - Thumbs are held close to the intersecting corners so that only the very tips of the
cards are bent. The closed riffle is used in most casinos due to the added security of having less of the
Open riffle - Thumbs are held further away from the intersecting corners. More of the card is exposed
than when using a closed riffle shuffle but the cards tend to fall to the table more gently.
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