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PenumbraPenguin
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As we all know, some games ask us to shuffle quite large stacks of cards. How do you do it? Which games have the largest decks?
 
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Do some basic shuffling, then split it into subdecks and shuffle those independently (which can be done in parallel by multiple people to save time), then recombine the subdecks and do some basic shuffling on that.

If it's a game where good thorough shuffling is sufficiently important, then split the subdecks and mix their parts for more parallel shuffling (e.g. after everyone shuffles a subdeck, they pass the top half to their lefthand neighbor and the bottom half to their righthand neighbor, then repeat shuffling subdecks). Repeat that as desired before recombining.
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Split them into smaller shufflable-sized decks. Shuffle each individually, then take a portion of each deck to create new decks. Shuffle those. Do this more times if the game decks are susceptible to having cards discarded in order/suit/etc, otherwise once is enough.
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Another idea if you have multiple people helping: group pile shuffle. Give everyone a subdeck, and simultaneously everyone deals them out quickly and arbitrarily/randomly onto some communal piles.

I have not tried this - the idea just came to me now - but now I want to try it.
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Honestly, it looks ridiculous but the best thing you can do is "wash" the cards for a couple of minutes.



Casinos will often wash a deck of cards, particularly if they are a new pack. This method works very well for games with large amounts of cards (e.g. Canasta, Race for the Galaxy + Expansions, etc.)
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If the cards are standard size, I will use a card shuffling machine if I have to. I have a manual crank one and a battery-operated version. They work moderately well.

Large decks of very small cards are the worst though... No good way to do it other than the old Corgi shuffle, sometimes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3011046/How-s...

 
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tempus42 wrote:

Impressive; they misspelled Persi Diaconis's personal name as "Peri" all 3 times it was mentioned in the article!
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tempus42 wrote:


Not having heard that name before, I was hoping to see a video of a Corgi scattering cards everywhere. (Alas).

The following quote is a little odd:

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the overhand shuffle ... needs to be done 10,000 times to achieve similar results.

This could still be fast in the hands of experts, but still slower than the riffle method.


Those are some experts!

(Thanks for the link)

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I always use my hands. My feet are simply worthless in that situation. Also, those auto shuffler machines don't work that well and really beat up your cards.
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I sleeve most of my games, which makes shuffling large decks super easy. For those with oodles of cards that I don't sleeve though (I'm looking at you Millennium Blades), I have this card shuffler. I had an electric one before, but it was loud, jammed easily, was rough on my cards and broke after 6 months. The hand-cranked one is much more reliable and easier to use.
 
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I take half the cards while someone else takes half the cards. We each shuffle several times, then give the other person half of our stack. We do that several times, then stack the two halves together.
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Give them to your three year old and wait 5 minutes?

Pete (hopes you are not too fond of any given card)
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plezercruz wrote:
Give them to your three year old and wait 5 minutes?

Pete (hopes you are not too fond of any given card)

Acquiring a 3-year-old seems too cumbersome for me just to shuffle some cards.
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