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Thomas Gustafsson
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Okay, I might come off as a big old dummy here, but how does one shuffle sleeved cards? Recently bought a used game which came with sleeves on all the cards, but they're just so damn slippery!
I plan on sleeving quite a few of my current and future games, so some guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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As you would shuffle unsleeved cards. I mash shuffle them usually, but you could also go for multiple stacks.
They won't remain slippery for long anyway, you can have to give them a few good shuffles and they'll be all good. They'll also let the air out so the decks won't be bulky for long.

If you do it gently you can insert cards in the middle of other cards. Don't force to much or you might break the sleeve, it's happened to me before.

I'm sorry I don't know the exact words. Others will answer better I think.
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I usually do a regular riffle shuffle like you're used to seeing with a regular deck of cards. The difference with sleeved cards is that you can't shuffle the cards along the short edges (making the cards go long way to long way), because you'll get cards trying to slip through the open edges of the sleeve. You'll have to get used to facing the cards the other way.

For games that are really expensive or rare, I'll pile shuffle so that I'm never bending the cards. I'll just deal them out into a number of piles, combine the piles, repeat the process a couple times.

I don't really like to mash them. On a lot of my games I'll use some cheaper thin sleeves and the edges of the cards can get dinged up even through the sleeve if I shuffle like that.
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In our group there are a couple of people that deal the entire deck into multiple (5 or so) piles. That has the advantage of separating cards that are played in sets (i.e. Ticket to Ride). Once the deck is dealt they just pick the piles up one at a time.
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J. Goard
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I've gotten really good at riffle shuffling vertically. I takes just a little practice. I also break up the riffle shuffling with one or two iterations of dealing the cards into four piles with occasional "random" skips, in order to break up sticky cards.
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Thank you, one and all! Guess I'm practicing shuffling this weekend then.
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