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What's the best way to shuffle to ensure that cards will last? The typical shuffle where you split the deck in half and then mix them (rifle shuffle) is pretty hard on the cards.

Also, card protectors are another option but even then, how do you shuffle with those? I assume that you can't do a typical shuffle.

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There was a discussion about this way about probably about a year ago back when it was the journals not the forums. I'll see if I can find it for you.
 
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Found it... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthrea...

 
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Thanks a lot. I was trying to find one but had no luck.
 
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Yeah, I knew to search in the BGGBlog since I remembered it was from before the Forums, which certainly made it easier to find. I probably wouldn't have found it otherwise.
 
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Checkallday wrote:
Also, card protectors are another option but even then, how do you shuffle with those? I assume that you can't do a typical shuffle.


The riffle shuffle won't work, true, but you can do a gentle shuffle on the long edge. I don't know what the technical term for it would be, but it's sort of a long edge on long edge mash. The card protectors separate the cards and slide easily, so as long as you're not jamming the cards together, it should work fine.
 
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caesarmom wrote:
Checkallday wrote:
Also, card protectors are another option but even then, how do you shuffle with those? I assume that you can't do a typical shuffle.


The riffle shuffle won't work, true, but you can do a gentle shuffle on the long edge. I don't know what the technical term for it would be, but it's sort of a long edge on long edge mash. The card protectors separate the cards and slide easily, so as long as you're not jamming the cards together, it should work fine.


That would be a weave. And I think that's probably the best way to shuffle your cards if they're in protectors. I thin kmost of my games just aren't played enough to warrant card protectors although I put them on the cards on my Settlers set since it was the first euro I got and it saw a lot of play in the beginning.
 
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If you ever go to a casino or card club, watch how the poker and blackjack dealers shuffle. Their shuffling technique is designed to accomplish several things:

1. If done right, the bottom card is never exposed.

2. The actual mixing of the cards is done in one very quick motion (basically snapping the cards with the thumbs), allowing for more shuffles in a short space of time, thus randomizing the cards more thoroughly.

3. A fast and very thorough rifling technique can occasionally be incorporated into the shuffling sequence to add even more randomization.

4. Some dealers are taught to do a 1/2 by 1/3 cut between each shuffle to further randomize the cards (after each shuffle place the bottom 1/3 of the deck on the top, then cut in half and shuffle again).

5. The shuffling technique imparts a minimum amount of wear on the cards, since they are only minimally bent and remain relatively flat throughout the entire shuffling process.


It takes some practice to do this kind of shuffle properly, but once you get it down you'll be a shuffling master and your cards will appreciate the reduced wear and tear.

If you want to know more specifics about shuffling, I have found that most poker dealers are more than happy to discuss their shuffling technique while at the table. They're usually bored, and like chatting it up with the players.

Of course, you can always go to dealer's school, too.

 
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