Two Handed Tops

There are three basic methods of two handed dealing that I will describe, in addition to this there are methods of dealing stud, but I will save those for later. The methods I describe here occur from the mechanics grip and there are many variations with many other grips, but again, I am preserving them for later in order to preserve my own sanity and allow myself the motivation to actually complete this project. My goal is simply to inspire in you the general theories involved in false dealing.

The first method is the push off and it seems quite common amongst lay people. You will begin with the deck in the left hand in the mechanics grip with the thumb lying across the top of the deck pointing towards the upper right corner. (See figure 328.)

Now, the thumb will dig into the top card slightly and pull towards the base of the thumb while pushing outward, cause the top card to pivot on the base of the thumb and move partially outward. (See figure 329.)

Figure 329.

Alternatively, the thumb could more horizontally across the card dig in and push the card off sideways. (See figure 330.)

Many other slight variations are possible, but I will touch upon them in other sections, the concept to be noted is that the card if pushed off, hence the term "push-off dealing". Once the card has been pushed off slightly, the right hand will take hold of the card with the thumb, forefinger and middle finger and deal it to the table. (See figure 331.)

Figure 331.

This action is called "the take" and there are numerous variations to this aspect that I will further describe later along with advantages, reasons etc. For now, this process is the basic push off deal.

Next, we have what is called the strike deal because the fingers of the right hand (typically the thumb) strike the deck and pull the card from the top. Again you begin with the deck in mechanics grip as per figure 328, then the right thumb comes across the deck making contact along the upper edge around the border area and pulls the card off. (See figure 332 & figure 333.)

We will examine subtleties of this process later according to how they suit the false deals. For now, this is the basic idea behind strike dealing and the method similar to how an amateur would perform it.

Finally, there is the side strike deal. The story behind this is quite simple. When first I read about dealing seconds I heard that there were two methods, strike seconds and push-off seconds. At the time I had no idea how to perform either but I had heard of a strike double lift and thought that a strike second must use this principle. After attempting the process I decided that this made sense and was truly, why people called a second deal difficult, after all, being fluid using this method seemed tough. Now, when I learned that a strike deal was something different I still wanted to keep the method based on the strike double lift, which I had grown fairly proficient with and so I changed the name to side strike, which seems fitting due to the fact that you strike the side of the deck. For some time I figured I was the only person who used this method, but I discovered that Marlo has a method based on the same idea that he calls the hit second. Having never studied his method I cannot say how the two are technically similar or different, but for now I will instruct you in my technique under the name side strike dealing.

You begin as before with the deck in the mechanics grip. The right hand middle finger then moves over and strikes the edge between the right side of the deck and the top of the deck and pulling the top card up away from the others as it does so. (See figure 334.)

Figure 334.

The right middle finger now lets the card down slightly as the thumb moves in from above and slightly to the left to pinch the card between the two fingers and in a continuing motion pulls it from the deck. (See figure 335 & figure 336.)

Figure 335.
Figure 336.

This isn't a method you see used, I don't believe I have ever seen anyone except myself use it in practice, but once the technique has been refined it can be very practical in a number of ways which I will explore more later. You are now saddled with the theory of side strike dealing.

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