It is to the operator's advantage to make use of a standard riffle shuffle whenever possible and combine it with the Faro Riffle Shuffle. As an example, suppose you wish to stack the Aces every tenth card. By first using the standard riffle shuffle and stacking the aces every fifth card, then doing a perfect Faro Riffle Shuffle of the In type, you will have the aces every tenth card.
In connection with the riffle shuffle itself, for many years I have used a system I call the Halfing System. The Halfing System enables you to use the standard riffle shuffle and yet stack the Aces into a large number of hands, such as six-seven-eight, etc., just as easily as if you were to stack for only three or even two.
Briefly I will give an example of stacking the cards, say, into the usual five hands. As you know, you would have to hold back four cards which are eventually allowed to fall onto one of the aces. In this case, you would hold back only two, then by repeating the shuffle you would hold back two again to thus give you the required four cards above the Ace. Below is the proceedure for stacking four Aces into seven hands.
1. Get the four Aces on top of the deck.
2. Cut the top portion to the right.
3. Riffle Shuffle holding back three cards on the left and three cards on the right.
4. Let the three cards from the left hand fall first followed by the three Aces from the right. Square up in the usual manner.
5. Again cut top portion to right. Riffle, holding back three cards on the left, and again three Aces on the right.
6. Let three cards from the left portion fall first, then the three from the right.
7. Repeat the top cut to the right plus the riffle shuffle being sure that you do not inter-mix cards into the portion of the Aces already stacked as you once more hold back three cards on the left, but this time only two Aces on the right.
8. Let three cards from the left fall first followed by two Aces from the right.
9. Repeat the shuffle holding back three card on the left and two on the right letting the left three cards fall first followed by the two on the right.
10. Repeat the shuffle this time holding three cards on the left but only one Ace on the right and finish accordingly.
12. Repeat the shuffle, this time holding three cards on the left but none on the right. Three cards from left are allowed to fall on top of the deck.
13. Repeat 12 and the four Aces are stacked every seven cards.
14. Again be sure not to inter-mix cards into those already stacked as you continue the riffles.
15. In dealing with six hands, five cards go above each Ace. In this case, you would hold back, say, three cards the first time on the left portion but only two cards on the left portion when you repeat the shuffle.
16. Holding back so few cards using the Halfing System, the riffle shuffles can be made by sense of touch alone without so much as glancing at the deck and while carrying on a normal conversation during the whole process thus cutting down on what at first glance appears as a lengthy procedure.
17. Conversation or patter is most important as an aid to the shuffles since it directs attention away from them and they never appear to take very long. If silence prevails the shuffles can have a tendency to become monotonous.
This chapter on the Faro Shuffle would not be complete without the inclusion of what I call the -
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