Stacking

Stacking is the process by which one controls a series of cards to various regular positions in the deck in order to deal them to specific players in a game.

At this tenure, I wish to caution my readers that while I have received some instruction in the subject of shuffling, that is to say the previous material, I have received none in the material that follows. After developing my own methods, I read two sources, which touched briefly and in a disappointing manner on the very basics of stacking. I had however, by then not only developed these techniques myself and in a more refined fashion than those described, but was using much more elegant and effective techniques. Consequently, the methods and descriptions I offer may be somewhat unorthodox or vary in both content and depiction, from what is conventionally accepted methodology.

Prior to planning this particular section of the book, and indeed partially as a reason for putting this section to pen, as they might have said a few decades past, I noticed that while there was a virtual plethora of material addressing the subject of shuffling and a vast quantity available on the subject of dealing, there seemed to be a distinct shortage bordering on absence of material discussing the all important subject of stacking. The reality is of course that most blind shuffles assume a stack already exists and thus either a deck switch must have been performed to offer access to a familiar stack or a stack must have been performed previously via a shuffle of some sort. In addition to this, most false shuffles require that a stack has already been performed and merely take advantage of this stack offering some sort of working edge, or simplification of the stack. It seems then to be of monumental importance to develop some measure of skill in this regard and some acumen into the process. Of course, the lack of information may simply be my own lack of familiarity with the material that exists, however, that will, I hope come to light in due course.

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