Left And Right Block Transfer

The four Aces on top of deck. Bottom card crimped at inner right corner as deck lies lengthwise in front of operator. Do any preceding shuffles to retain this condition. Assume the stack is to be for a five handed game.

With right hand cut off top half to right. Aces are on top of right hand section -crimp is on bottom of left hand section.

Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards in left hand section only but being sure that these four cards will be blocked off by a fairly large portion from right hand section. Telescope the cards into each other but leaving a Strip-Out condition. The situation is now as in

The left fingers and thumb now hold onto those cards below the space. Right hand thus strips out its cards, in a forward action, at same time taking with it the block of 4 top cards. The Fig. 71 shows the situation.

Note that the top block of 4 cards is jogged to the left. Right hand as in Fig. 72 where the jogged cards are now even with left hand section.

Immediately right hand takes only the cards still jogged to the right. The whole action simulates a cut and an immediate split for another shuffle. You have added the top four cards to below the crimped card.

Riffle Shuffle again holding back four cards on left section but only one card, an Ace, in right hand section. A block of cards should fall last, from right hand section, onto those cards, in left section, just below the four cards being held back. In other words the four cards, held back in left section, will be blocked off. The situation is as seen in Fig. 73.

Telescope the halves into each other at the same time moving the block of four cards to the right and the one Ace, which should fall on top, to the left. You are actually doing the actions of a left and right Block Transfer. The situation is as in Fig.74. The Block Transfer movement is only for about a 1/4 inch.

Telescope the packets into each other until the Ace and four cards meet in center of the top as in the Fig. 75. Note that deck is in Strip-Out condition but the jogs, on each side of the top center packet of five cards, are only about a quarter of an inch or less.

Left fingers and thumb now hold onto those cards that are jogged on the left or those below the space. Right hand strips out its portion plus the top five cards. This is seen in the Fig. 76. Note that the top 5 cards are jogged over to the left.

Right hand, which stripped out its cards in a forward movement, places its cards to under the cards in left hand so that the five jogged cards come flush with cards in left hand. This is similar to Fig. 72 except you will be adding five more cards to below the crimp.

Immediately split again for the shuffle as right hand takes only the cards that are jogged to the right thus leaving the original top five cards under the left hand portion.

From here you simply repeat the required actions to bring the next set of five cards to the bottom. Briefly you riffle shuffle holding back four cards on left and one Ace on right. As already shown in Fig. 73. Move the four cards to the right and Ace to the left for the Block Transfer as in Fig. 74. Set-up for a Strip-Out and have block of five in center as seen in Fig. 75. Strip-Out with right hand as for a cut, taking top five cards as in Fig. 76. Place right hand portion to bottom so top 5 jogged cards are flush with left hand portion as in Fig. 72. With right hand take under jogged portion as you split for another shuffle.

Just before this 4th shuffle you will have two Aces on top of right hand portion. Below the crimp you will have two Aces stacked every 5th card plus four cards already below the second Ace. This is used to advantage in the last shuffle as follows:

Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards on left and one Ace on right. Do the left and right Block Transfer letting Ace fall on top. Telescope the cards into each other in a manner as already seen in Fig. 75. Next do the Strip-Out, carrying top five cards with right section, then merely place to bottom of left hand portion as you openly square up.

At this stage all four Aces are stacked every 5th card just below the crimp. The crimp is about 12 cards from the top provided you cut in half pretty accurately on your let shuffle. Actually if you cut perfect 26 then your crimp, after the stack, will end up 10th from the top.

Cutting a small packet off is not quite above suspicion; therefore, right hand undercuts about 20 cards or so to the top and squares. Now do a single cut to the crimp. The Aces are now set to be dealt out into five hands with the dealer getting the Aces.

It is of interest to note that during this stack the deck is not truly shuffled. That is to say that the top portion, cut off to the right, remains in its identical order except for the Aces. This means if the top 25 cards were stacked, before placing the Aces on top, you could use this to advantage after having shown the stacking of the Aces. Also the left hand portion is not truly shuffled as four cards are merely being displaced from left hand to in between the Aces. Use of this of course is shown in "Power Poker #1".

If you start with four cards already below the crimp you can then apparently set the 4 Aces in just three shuffles. This is because on the third shuffle you of course are set to stack two Aces.

On the last shuffle you can merely do a Block Transfer of just the four cards to in between the two Aces and set-up for the Strip Out. This is shown in Fig. 77 with positions of all cards

During the stacking of the Aces you do not have to worry about those already stacked, due to the use of the Strip-Out. All concentration can be on those you are about to stack.

Instead of the left and right block transfer, for the stack, you can make use of the Space on the left end. In this case only the right hand moves its Ace over to the left to create the situation of Fig. 78

As you can see if left fingers and thumb hold onto those cards below the space then right hand will strip out its cards, plus the top five cards, to result en a situation similar to Fig. 71. This is followed by the placing of right hand portion to under the left, as in the Fig. 72, then splitting for another shuffle. The mechanics of the shuffle are the same except the technique uses the "Space" to obtain the jog on the five cards to be transferred to the bottom.

A very good technique is to use the Marlo Patented Shuffle method of transferring the four cards from left hand section and still obtain the required jog, on the top five cards, for the cut and transfer to bottom of left hand section. Briefly you riffle shuffle holding back four cards in left section and one Ace in right hand portion. This is like the Fig. 73. Next telescope the cards into each other but left fingers have moved its block over in front of the left third finger. The Fig. 79 shows a top view of the angled block as well as the finger position of both hands.

When the cards are all but telescoped for about a quarter inch the situation will be as in Fig. 80 again top view, Finger positions have been omitted for clarity.

Right let finger now pushes over top Ace so it is now flush with the angled four cards as seen in Fig. 81. Note that there is now a jog on the right end of deck, The Fig. 81 is a top view with finger positions omitted for clarity; however, their positions remain basically the same.

With the 5 cards remaining angled and the rest controlled by left third finger and left thumb the right hand strips out its section carrying the top 5 cards with it. The result is now similar to that in Fig. 71. From here proceed by placing right hand portion under left, as in Fig. 72, then immediately splitting for the next shuffle. The actual stack again follows the mechanics already outlined en the very beginning - only the technique is changed.

For those who may just wish to stack the cards, from top to bottom, without using a Strip-Out shuttle then the following will be found quite effective as a demonstration. It is based on Blocking Off plus a Double Cut.

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