How to shuffle and deal playing cards
A cut card is used to prevent the bottom card of a deck of playing cards from being seen by any of the players. Exposing the bottom card is a common mistake made by inexperienced dealers. For this reason, you should probably use a cut card which is placed under the bottom of the deck to prevent the bottom card from being seen. Cut cards are always used in casino's and you will sometimes see a dealer holding the deck upside-down (even though this is improper) knowing that the bottom card cannot be seen through the existing cut card.
The common practice when using a cut card in a home game is to place the cut card on the table next to the recently shuffled deck of cards. The player who cuts the cards places a stack of cards from the full deck on top of the cut card. The dealer then places the remainder of the deck on top of the cards that have been cut and begins to deal.
Cut cards are usually made of plastic and are the same size and shape as a playing card. You need a different size cut card for bridge-size (narrow) decks than you do for poker-size (wide) decks. Many of the playing card suppliers automatically include a cut card, of the correct size, when you buy a deck of quality playing cards. You can make your own homemade cut card out of a thin piece of plastic, wood, or metal or you can tape two jokers together, back-to-back.
The most common colors of cut cards are red, black, yellow, blue, and green. The color of your cut card should contrast with the color of your playing cards. You want to be able to easily see the cut card to make sure that it does not get mixed up into the deck with the cards in play. Cut cards are usually shiny on one side and flat on the other side.
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