## The Double Stack

Here is a system for stacking two hands. One is the dealers or winning hand the other is the so called "Sucker" hand. This sucker hand is also stacked to fall into any position regardless of how many players may be theoretically involved.

Assume you wish to use the four Kings and the four Aces. The Kings and Aces are on top or deck with the Kings uppermost. Although it does not make any difference as to whether the Aces or Kings are top most cards for this example, the Kings will be uppermost.

With the Two Thumbs upward Ruffle' get a break under the top four Kings. Do a Center Cut, from under the top four Kings, with right hand, Both halves are on table and no breaks held, Kings are on top of left portion Aces are on top of right section, This situation can of course be accomplished with a Block Transfer Shuffle if so desired; however, the above cuts down one shuffle. -

Riffle Shuffle holding back four cards on left section and four cards on right section. All you do here is alternate the Aces and Kings so--that the Aces become second-4th-6th and 8th cards while Kings are at 1-3-5-7 or above each Ace Square up after shuffle

At this stage if you were to deal out two hands the Kings would go to your opponent and you would get the Aces This means that at present there are already two hands in play. This also means that if you decided on a five handed game you would need only three cards over each pair in order for Aces to go to 5th hand and Kings into 4th hand. Therefore the number 2, hands already in play before the actual stack are used to deduct from the actual number of hands called.

Suppose someone calls for a 7 handed game. Two from Seven is Five or your key number. If you were to let five cards fall onto each pair Ace & King, then obviously you would get the Aces and 6th player would get the Kings. However, let us say that the call is for the 4th player to get the Kings with you still getting the Aces? In this case all you need to ask is "How many cards over the King would I have to place in order to make the King 4th?" The answer is 3. That now is used to quickly determine how many cards will be left over from your key number. Your Key number is 5. Three (3) is the cards to be used up to get a King into 4th position. Three (3) from five (5) leaves two (2) cards over. These over cards are what will be placed onto the Ace to make them still come out 7th. In reality what you will be doing is stacking the Kings and Aces into any position using the Key number of cards in the proper manner to arrive at the pre-determined conclusion.

What follows now are the mechanics of the Double Stack. To this any mathematical calculations can be applied after being arrived at as in the example above. To make all as clear as possible the 7 hand game, with Kings in 4th hand and Aces in 7th hand, will be dissected.

Remember the Kings and Aces are already alternated as per Step 2 and 3. With both thumbs ruffle the cards upwards getting a break under the top four cards. This break is taken over by right thumb.

Right thumb now lifts up, at back, about half the deck and then releases 3 cards which are in turn caught and held in place by left thumb. Thus the conditions are as in Fig. 93.

The 3 cards released will be of course loaded onto a King. You need another 2 cards to be placed over an Ace, Split deck holding the breaks on each section. -

Riffle Shuffle maintaining both breaks. During the shuffle hold back an additional two cards in left hand portion and an additional four cards in right hand portion. This is seen in Fig. 94.

Release one card from the right hand portion. This is an Ace. Onto this release the two cards from left hand. Next release one card from right hand portion. This is a King. Onto this release the 3 cards from left hand. Let the remaining 6 cards, the alternated Aces and Kings, fall on top. Square up. You have now stacked the first King and Ace into 4th and 7th positions respectively.

Once more do a Two Thumbs Upward Ruffle to get a break under top 4 cards. Repeat the release of the three cards and holding of breaks to result in the same conditions as already seen in Fig. 93.

Split for a Riffle Shuffle as you maintain both breaks. During the riffle shuffle you hold back an additional 2 cards en left hand section and an additional 2 cards in right hand portion, Results are similar to Fig. 94 except here only two additional cards will be held in right hand portion. Also a fairly large block of cards must be released preceding the holding back of 2 cards by left thumb. This large block contains at least 7 cards or more and is the first stacked Ace and King.

It you have taken the above precaution of releasing the large block, as per Fig. 95, then you can again square up. Otherwise you will have to go into a Double Block Transfer with a Set-Up for a Strip Out. This is used in the next shuffle but for the present assume you now have two Aces and two Kings stacked at 4th and 7th positions.

This time the right thumb lifts up about half the deck at back and does only the release of 3 cards which are held by left thumb as right hand cuts off top portion to right for the shuffle.

Riffle Shuffle and concentrate solely on getting a break on an additional 2 cards in left section and four cards in right section. This is like Fig. 94 except only four cards, in right section, are held back.

17, Release one card, an Ace, from right hand followed by moving the two sets of cards downward so that two cards will come onto the Ace. Now right hand releases one card, the King, 80 it falls between the two sets of cards. That is the King falls onto the 2 cards in left section and the 3 cards will be automatically above the King. These actions are designed so that left thumb and left second finger still has hold of the two sets of cards, and is able to move them to the right in a Double Block Transfer as in the Fig. 96. The last two cards, from right hand portion are let fall on top of all.

Set-up for a Strip-Out using either the Patented Shuffle - Simplex Shuffle. The Fig. 97 shows deck in a Simplex-Strip-Out condition

Strip Out for the final shuffle At this point you have two more cards, King and Ace, on top to stack. The others are-all stacked at present.

With left thumb do the "Preliminary Riffle" to obtain and maintain a break on three cards. Riffle Shuffle holding back an additional two cards on left section and only two cards on right portion. This is shown in Fig. 98.

Right thumb releases one card, the Ace. Now left hand moves its two sets of cards downwards and right hand sort of loads its last card, the King, into between the set of 3 and 2. At same time left hand does the Double Block Transfer as already shown in Fig. 96.

Telescope the cards into each other at same time setting up for your favorite Strip-Out technique or the Simplex-Strip-Out as in Fig. 97.

With right hand Strip-Out the cards placing them to bottom in a jogged position. See Fig. 31). Right hand cuts oft all but half of the jogged cards As in Fig. 38) and places these to bottom of cards held in left hand. (See Fig. 39) Right hand immediately takes rest of jogged cards and places them to top of deck. (See Fig. 40). This brings stock back to top. The deck is ready to deal into 7 hands with 7th hand getting the Aces and 4th hand getting the Kings.

It is also possible to split up the four Kings so that two of them will fall say into the 4th hand and the other two into any other hand. All you will have to do is work with two sets of formulas. The let set of two would use the 3 cards and 2 cards blocks or sets done twice. The next set of two, if you wish the two Kings to fall in say the second hand, would use 1 card and 4 cards blocks or sets. On the first two rounds the first set of Kings would fall into the second hand and on the next two rounds the other pair of kings would fall into the second hand. The four Aces of course would all be in the 7th hand. It is assumed that the 7 hands were used only as an example and that the formula can be applied to any number of hands.