Written by Steve Forte

2020
Work of Steve Forte

503 pages (Hardcover), published by Selfpublished
Illustrated with photographs.
Language: English

(358 entries)

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Steve Forte Dedication - Ray Goulet
Bill Malone Foreword
Steve Forte Preface
Steve Forte Acknowledgments
Steve Forte Chapter 1 - Gambling Sleight of Hand - The Hobby
  • Introduction
  • Terminology
1
Steve Forte Gambling Sleight of Hand as a Hobby
    • the moves
    • how gambling moves evolve
    • new gambling moves
    • the best gambling moves
    • story-moves
    • story-skill
    • legends
    • challenging moves
    • card-table protocol
  • Suckers
  • Gambling Devices
2
Steve Forte Studying Gambling Sleight of Hand
    • learning curve
    • doing moves versus studying moves
    • card players' standards
    • explanations of methods
    • execution versus application
  • Sources
    • books
    • video
    • personal instruction
    • card players
    • cheaters
    • mentors
11
Steve Forte Technical Considerations
  • the ultimate goal
  • detail
  • being natural
  • artificial moves
  • the simple things
  • the lessons (1 to 10)
  • the magic mindset
  • expert status
  • demonstrations
19
Steve Forte Cheaters and Magicians
  • sophisticated sleight of hand
  • no comparison
  • deceptive standards
  • differences
31
Steve Forte Practice
  • The Biggest Mistake You Can Make
  • Practice Basics
    • technical analysis
    • alternating true and false moves
    • speed and rhythm
    • mirrors
    • acting
    • video recording
    • objective criticism
    • conditions and consistency
    • seated position
    • table surface
    • angles
    • playing cards
    • challenging practice techniques
    • artificial practice techniques
    • practice lists
    • time management
    • hustlers and practice
    • visualization
36
Steve Forte Last Thoughts
  • how to read Gambling Sleight of Hand
  • researcher
  • author's perspective
  • credits
  • obvious solutions
  • secrets
  • opinions
  • mission statement
47
Steve Forte Summary summary of what the books are about
52
Steve Forte Chapter 2 - False Shuffles
  • Introduction
  • terminology
55
Steve Forte False Table Riffle Shuffles intro
57
Steve Forte Professional Table Riffle Shuffle
57
Steve Forte Carrying Top Slugs only straight riffles and no additional cuts
  • splitting and switching sides
  • riffling off the thumbs
  • split-cover
  • one-hand protected-position
  • overprotecting slugs
  • tap fake (Frank Thompson)
59
Steve Forte Carrying Bottom Slugs only straight riffles and no additional cuts
  • shadowing
  • splitting end to end versus corner to corner
  • lift or leave (see also p. 636)
  • don't ignore the top slug
  • splits
62
Steve Forte Carrying Big Slugs
  • building slugs
  • split, immediate riffle, and push - top slugs (SIRP)
  • split, immediate riffle, and push - bottom slugs
Related to 65
Steve Forte Legitimate Table Cuts and Strips different honest cuts, strip cuts, center strip, Scarne Cut
69
Steve Forte False Table Cuts and Strips intro
71
Steve Forte Scrape-cut tabled straight undercut
  • technical observations
    • clear the bottom half quickly
    • observer's perspective
    • tilt
    • lifting the bottom half
    • instantaneous action
Related to 71
Steve Forte Table-cut (poker) tabled straight forward cut
  • technical observations
    • hand cover
    • speed
    • lifting the initial half
    • cutting with one hand
    • carrying cut with one hand
    • squaring action
Related to 73
Steve Forte Table Double-Cuts second straight cut undoes first cut, two handlings, "don't-let-go" principle
  • center-center cut
Related to
  • "Double Cut" (Evans, How Gamblers Win, 1865)
Variations
76
Steve Forte Gamblers' Cut triple undercut
  • technical observations
    • consistency
    • cutting direction
    • break size
    • grip
    • last cut
77
Steve Forte On Tabled Breaks on holding a thumb break with deck in riffle shuffle position
78
Steve Forte Up The Ladder
  • technical observations
    • starting grip
    • first undercut
    • eliminate the first stepped packet
    • cover
    • stripping direction and angle
    • only one stepped packet per strip
    • last stripped packet
    • number of strips
    • pace
  • automatic break (transition into riffle shuffle)
  • no stepped packets (Ed Marlo)
  • carrying half decks with UTL
80
Steve Forte CTB Cut/Strip "center, top, bottom", fake running cut to break near bottom
  • technical observations
    • double-cut
    • center packet
    • gaps
    • two distinct phases
83
Steve Forte Carrying Slugs with running/strip cuts, intro
86
Steve Forte Erdnase False Strips improvements for the Erdnase system and its set-up cut
  • top slug
  • bottom slug
Related to 86
Steve Forte delaying the strip top slug, riffle shuffle and cut combination, break held near bottom during shuffle
88
Steve Forte pick-up strip (top slug) single strip action, tabled lift shuffle
89
Steve Forte over-the-top (bottom slug) single strip action
89
Steve Forte Base-Strip running cut off the bottom
  • technical observations
    • instant start
    • clearing the bottom half
    • lifting the bottom half
    • exaggeration
    • tilting
90
Steve Forte Hidden Secrets - False Strip/Cut as used in television show "Hidden Secrets of Magic" (1996), "don't-let-go" principle
Inspired by 91
Steve Forte Boxing the Deck cutting a quarter to the top and then splitting in center for riffle shuffle
91
Steve Forte Positioning False Cuts and Strips intro, slug brought to center and marked off by break, jog, step
Related to 93
Steve Forte Double- and Triple-cuts (top or bottom slugs) strip cut, optionally followed by riffle shuffle
93
Steve Forte Three-part Positioning Strip (top slug) strip cut, optionally followed by riffle shuffle
94
Steve Forte Three-part Positioning Strip (bottom slug) strip cut, optionally followed by riffle shuffle
95
Steve Forte F-strip strip cut with laid jog, optionally followed by riffle shuffle
  • technical observations
    • first stripped packet
    • second stripped packet
    • remaining stripped packets
    • orientation of stripped packets
    • squaring options
    • tight stripping actions
    • split and riffle
    • stripping thin, splitting halves
    • carrying bottom slugs
    • automatic brief
    • f-strip with double cut
Related to 95
Steve Forte Automatic Brief automatic jog during running cut
98
Steve Forte Don't Let Go strip cut, followed by riffle shuffle, "don't-let-go" principle (typo in text, should be "bottom slug")
99
Steve Forte Poker Lecture Outline, c1982 two pages of Forte's first lecture notes
100
Steve Forte Riffling Down, Riffling Up top slug riffled down and brought back to top
102
Steve Forte Natural Break at slug when squaring up after riffle shuffle
102
Steve Forte I-strip (illogical) slug riffled down, followed by triple strip
104
Steve Forte Riffling Down Twice
  • single-card brief
  • multiple-card bevel-brief ("don't-let-go" principle)
105
Ron Conley Conley Three-riffle Variation three consecutive riffles, always burying top slug, riffle shuffling with break
Related toVariations 107
Steve Forte Riffling Up
  • JN false cut
by gambler JN, bottom slug riffled into deck, followed by boxing cut
Variations 108
Steve Forte Spring Riffle-Off riffling off slug at once
108
Steve Forte Stevens Control discussion of its value (spoiler: none)
109
Steve Forte False Shuffling Procedures intro
112
Steve Forte Forte's Favorites - strip-dump (top slug) procedure combination
112
Steve Forte Forte's Favorites - bottom slug procedure combination
113
Steve Forte Carrying Half Decks intro comments
113
Steve Forte Double-slug Riffles carrying two quarter-deck slugs to effectively carry half the deck
  • double-slug - top/bottom
  • double-slug - top/top
  • double-slug - bottom/bottom
113
Steve Forte Summary on slug controls and false cut
116
Steve Forte The Push-Through introduction and details of basic handling
  • technical observations
    • position of hands
    • pre-riffle split
    • riffle
    • riffle-separation
    • pushing action
    • square-up before the square-up
    • pushing through
    • squaring action/moment
    • brief size
    • SCS (split, cut, or strip)
    • hand cover
    • rhythm
117
Steve Forte Speed-through
127
Steve Forte Protected Push-through more cover
128
Steve Forte Fake Square-up - One Hand right hand moves towards left
129
Steve Forte Fake Square-up - Two Hands X configuration
130
Steve Forte Rough Hustlers' Push-through X configuration
Related to 131
Unknown MD's Push-through bumped through
132
Steve Forte Half-deck Push-through push-through action used to retain half the deck
134
Steve Forte Variants brief outlines of further variations
  • the conductor
  • single push
  • back push-through (Richard Turner)
  • tapper
  • twisting split (dovetail shuffle on the table)
  • pointed riffle
  • mirror strips (push-through with break)
  • riffling interlaced cards
  • two-step push-throughs (honest cut before strip-out)
  • one riffle push-through/pull-out
  • the mysterious kid (handling for two-step push-through, alternative by Steve Forte)
134
Steve Forte Dead-cuts strip-out used as cutting to an Ace
139
Steve Forte Easy Block-transfer discussing lack of use in cheating
  • killing x-cards
  • adding x-cards
  • carrying full decks
140
Steve Forte Summary
143
Steve Forte The Pull-Out Shuffle
  • technical observations
    • simplicity of method
    • angling
    • finger stops
    • square-up (technical)
    • square-up (visual)
145
Steve Forte Back-stop left thumb as stop
Related to 146
Rod the Hop Rod-the-Hop's Pull-out (front-stop) strip-out during running strip cut
147
Steve Forte Fake Square-ups
  • long-push
  • three-push
149
Steve Forte Magicians' Pull-outs
  • fine squeeze and square-up
  • two-hand square-up (related to "Rough Hustlers' Push-through")
  • one-card 'block' transfer (Triumph Shuffle, with further applications by Forte)
Related to 151
Steve Forte Sliding Slug Pull-outs sliding slugs sell the square-up
  • top-slug slide-over
  • bottom-slug slide-over
154
Steve Forte Off-the-table Pull-Out for large slugs, up to thirty cards
157
Steve Forte Sliding Off-the-table Pull-out
158
Edward Marlo Marlo's Off-the-table Pull-out previously unpublished
159
Steve Forte Other Variants short comment
160
Steve Forte Summary
161
Steve Forte The Zarrow Shuffle
  • classification
    • Card Cover
    • Hand Cover
    • No Cover
    • Off-the-table Variants
  • technical observations
    • independent card movement
    • movement of halves
    • lift
    • gaps
    • tilt
    • top-card pop
    • matching up
    • practice
    • repeatability
    • angles
    • riffle-shuffle tells
    • experimentation
    • setup cuts/strips
    • context
162
Steve Forte Setup cuts/Strips three cutting sequences to set up for the Zarrow
167
Unknown Three-push Zarrow by hustler VO
169
Steve Forte No-cover Zarrows Oeink
169
Steve Forte Bookmaker's Zarrow cards shuffled by the short ends
170
Steve Forte Circle-Zarrow
Variations 171
Steve Forte Tap-Zarrow ledge as halves are tapped against each other before riffling
172
Steve Forte No-interlace Zarrows no interlacing during riffle itself
173
Steve Forte Reverse-Zarrow top half slightly twisted backwards
174
Steve Forte Lift-Zarrow whole deck slightly lifted from table and dropped during square-up
Related to 175
Steve Forte Back-Load Zarrow square-up as deck is moved back
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Steve Forte Variants brief outlines of further variations
  • cover-Zarrow (Gary Plants)
  • deep riffle
  • long push
  • snap-bevel
  • pinned corner
  • dribble-Zarrow
  • dead-hand Zarrow
  • short square-up
  • top-card cover (double cover)
  • off-the-table Zarrow (deck on its side on table)
Related to 177
Steve Forte, Bob White partial Zarrow only top or bottom half of riffle unwoven, details for top slug
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Steve Forte spacer Zarrow riffle stacking application, the very top of the shuffle can be legitimately spaced out
181
Steve Forte Other Zarrows brief outlines of even further variations
  • saw-Zarrow
  • spring-Zarrow
  • other bevel-based Zarrows
  • bent top card
  • sliding bottom slug
181
Steve Forte Summary
183
Steve Forte False Overhand Shuffles
185
Steve Forte Methods intro
187
Steve Forte In-jogs
  • technical observations
    • single in-jogged card
    • breaks (break-drag to cut at break in overhand shuffle position)
    • sequence spacing (shuffling a second time while retaining jog)
187
Steve Forte Out-jogs
  • top slugs
  • bottom slugs
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Steve Forte Side-jogs
191
Steve Forte Place-break no jog
192
Steve Forte Pick-up Shuffle lift
192
Steve Forte Thumb-stop left thumb stays on top slug
193
Steve Forte Thumb-grab bottom slug, packets exchanged after first throw
193
Steve Forte Bevel block slip shuffle
194
Steve Forte Twist block slip shuffle
195
Steve Forte Hold-back side-jog & block slip shuffle combo, top or bottom slug, using flat-break
195
Steve Forte Flat-Break retaining contact to side-jogged card during overhand shuffle
195
Steve Forte Chop front-and-back throws, top or bottom slug, or entire deck with optical throws
196
Steve Forte Carrying Half Decks and Full Decks intro and double base-throw as full deck false shuffle
197
Steve Forte Matching Runs Hunter type, also as one-shuffle with packet exchange
197
Steve Forte Overhand Butt/Lace Shuffle
198
Steve Forte Summary
199
Steve Forte Off-the-Table False Riffles, Strips, and Cuts intro
200
Steve Forte False Off-the-table Riffles (slugs) protected positions and protection grip for in-the-hands shuffles
  • top slugs
  • bottom slugs
201
Steve Forte Building Bottom Slugs adding cards to bottom slug via riffle-squeeze, for poker scam "Countdown" or "Laying Sets"
Related to 205
Steve Forte Cover-cards for bottom slug
  • single cover-card (in-the-hands riffle followed by cut)
  • double cover-cards
206
Steve Forte Off-the-table Shuffle-over "shuffle-over" = unweave and one half slides on top of the other
207
Steve Forte Table Shuffle-over with OTT Square-up square-up on end
208
Steve Forte F-shuffle-over left thumb between shuffled halves
210
Steve Forte F-ledge-shuffle block false shuffle
211
Steve Forte Poker Shuffle-over no-cover circle-Zarrow
Inspired by 212
Steve Forte Noise Maker one half riffled against top card of other half which bounces around
212
Steve Forte Faking the Cascade credit information, tabled real cascade
213
Steve Forte f-cascade with fake cascade, displacing one card
214
Steve Forte Off-the-table False Cuts and Strips differences between tabled and in-the-hands cuts
215
Steve Forte center-strip bottom slug, in-the-hands
215
Steve Forte top slugs in-the-hands running cut combinations
216
Steve Forte bottom slugs in-the-hands running cut
217
Steve Forte Riffle-splits positioning cuts and strips done in the hands, splitting at a break for in-the-hands riffle
Related to 217
Steve Forte Off-the-table Full-deck False Cuts
  • slap cut
  • from hands to table
  • off-the-table scrape-cut
218
Steve Forte Over Variants
221
Steve Forte Off-the-table Slip-cuts
  • heel-peek slip-cut
  • bottom slip-cut
221
Steve Forte Wash/Scramble
  • Wash/Scramble (top slug)
  • Weeding (top slug)
223
Steve Forte Summary
226
Steve Forte Chapter 3 - Stacking and Culling
  • Introduction
229
Steve Forte Haymow general milk build discussion
230
Steve Forte Segmented Haymow breaking up the run of singles
Related to 232
Steve Forte Milks-stack consecutive milks, Klondike shuffle
233
Steve Forte No-Haymow Haymow drawing from the bottom without top card cover
Inspired by 234
Jack Carpenter The Money Stack includes pulling off two (or more) cards at a time
236
Steve Forte Tools for Overhand-Shuffle Stacking
  • overhand-shuffle transfer (double-cut in overhand shuffle position)
  • center-pickup (exchanging right-hand packet with a part of left-hand packet)
237
Steve Forte Reverse-position Stack positioning certain cards from the bottom, "countdown" scam
Related to 239
Steve Forte After the Stack by run-up hustler DH, stack with slug of x-cards on top which can be legitimately overhand shuffled
240
Steve Forte Summary
241
Steve Forte Riffle Stacking introduction, general information, myth-busting, run-up hustler PS
  • Riffle-stacking Truths
    • difficulty
    • the big secret
    • stacking and culling
    • culling logic
    • cardmen
    • card-table protocol
    • perception
  • technical observations
    • riffle off the thumbs
    • speed
    • playing cards
    • the eyes
    • splits
    • beveling the halves
    • position of the thumbs
    • open riffle
    • hold-backs
    • one-handed protected-position
    • under-slug
    • practice
242
Steve Forte Spacer-stack top few cards actually interlaced
250
Steve Forte After-the-riffle stack card slid to top after end of shuffle
251
Steve Forte Transfers and Riffle Stacking using transfers to complement riffle stacking, see following two items
251
Steve Forte bottom-to-top stack (f-transfer) without requiring double hold backs on both sides
Related to 251
Steve Forte f-transfer right third finger angles bottom card
Related to 251
Steve Forte top-to-bottom reverse stack
253
Steve Forte Peek Stack another player is allowed to peek during riffle shuffle
253
Steve Forte Other Variants
  • slip-cut stack (avoiding double hold-backs)
  • strip-stack
  • best riffle stack (combining f-transfer and spacer-stacking)
254
Steve Forte Summary
255
Steve Forte Faro Stacking introduction
256
Steve Forte Classification
  • off-the-table
  • top to bottom
  • bottom to top
  • riffle faro
257
Steve Forte The Faro Process general comments and rules regarding faro stacking
258
Steve Forte Off-the-table Faro Stack slough-off, hustler MG
260
Steve Forte Bottom-to-top Stack tabled
261
Steve Forte Basic Faro Stack partial faro into deck, extra cards removed afterwards
262
Unknown The Faro System by hustler PMH, using "faro twist"
263
Unknown faro twist by hustler PMH, table faro with break, after faro the break can be taken above or below the card that is faroed into the break
264
Steve Forte Skip-Stack faro stacking for odd number of players
267
Steve Forte Single Hole-card Hold' em Stack faro stacking for odd number of players, three-of-a-kind
267
Steve Forte Riffle Faro only bottom half faroed, also while holding break
268
Steve Forte Faro Review how to work out faro stacks and pre-faro stacks
270
Steve Forte Faros and the Second Deal
271
Steve Forte One-card-removal Cut getting rid of extra card between two target cards via slip cut sequence
271
Steve Forte Culling general comments about culling in gaming context
272
Steve Forte Stevens' Riffle Cull myth-busting commentary and reality check
272
Steve Forte Summary
276
Steve Forte Chapter 4 - Beating the Cut
  • Introduction
279
Steve Forte Shifts the shift in gambling
280
Steve Forte Classic Shift "a few, short, general observations"
280
Steve Forte Variants
282
Steve Forte one-handed get-ready left fingers lever top half up as soon as hands meet
282
Steve Forte palm-hinge shift kind of side-steal shift
282
Steve Forte fast Herrmann
283
Steve Forte fast Charlier using both hands
284
Steve Forte fast S. W. E.
Inspired by 285
Steve Forte On Immediacy when executing a Shift
286
Steve Forte palm-shift top half palmed and slid underneath
286
Unknown toss-shift by hustler BH
286
Steve Forte Side-to-side Shift side-steal type, with covers and variants
  • throw side-to-side shift
  • squared side-to-side shift
Variations 287
Steve Forte Longways Shift forward movement in one plane
Inspired by 290
Steve Forte Back-shift top half moved backwards and under bottom half
292
Steve Forte Spin-Shift credit information
Related toVariations 293
Steve Forte spin-shift variant as deck is picked up
294
Steve Forte no-step fingertip spinner in-the-hands version, two variations
Inspired byVariations 295
Steve Forte One-handed Finisher
297
Steve Forte In-the-air Shift deck turned sideways and tapped on table
298
Steve Forte Belly-shift using body
299
Steve Forte One-handed Shifts comments on using one-handed shifts for gambling
300
Steve Forte Bottom-slug Shift bringing only bottom slug back to bottom
300
Steve Forte Mexican Joe bringing only bottom slug back to bottom, with spin-shift dynamics
Inspired by 301
Steve Forte Casino Burn-card Shift bottom cover pass
303
Steve Forte cut-card shifts as cut card is inserted, several solutions
303
Steve Forte Incomplete Shifts freezing before complete square-up
305
Steve Forte Open Shifts speed-shifts
305
Steve Forte Standard Hop draw shift
  • short sweep
  • flat-to-flat
  • forward tap
  • left-hand cover
  • delaying the hop
306
Steve Forte Riffle Shuffle Position Hop
308
Steve Forte Back-side Hop
309
Steve Forte Standard "Elevator" Hop right-hand end grip
  • long sweep
  • short sweep
  • table slide-off
  • variants
310
Steve Forte Slide-Unders bottom half is secretly slid under tabled top half instead of placing it on top
  • natural slide-under
  • touch slide-under
  • off-the-table slide-unders
312
Steve Forte Bottom-Slug Hops bottom slug secretly slid back to bottom as bottom half is placed on top half
  • bottom-slug hop, one card
  • bottom-slug hop, multiple cards
Related to 315
Steve Forte Tappers ending with tapping action on table
316
Steve Forte ping-pong hop tapping-on-table cover
317
Steve Forte spin-pong hop tapping-on-table cover
Inspired by 317
Steve Forte spin tapper tapping-on-table cover
318
Steve Forte back-of-the-hand tapper tapping-on-table cover
Inspired by 318
Unknown check tapper by hustler FF, tapping-on-table cover, involving bumping a check into pot
319
Steve Forte Drops as cut is assembled a section is accidentally dropped and the shift made
  • Standard Drops
    • gin-spread drop
    • half-deck drop (BH)
320
Steve Forte False Cuts for Cutters about cuts that the cutting player can use after the shuffle, intro
323
Steve Forte Slip-cuts objectives:
  • simulate a true cut (mechanic)
  • simulate a true cut (cutter)
  • killing a single card
variants:
  • back-to-the-dealer slip-cut
  • bevel slip-cut
  • slip-strip (substitutes for slip cut)
323
Steve Forte Moving Cut opposite of scrape-cut
Related to 326
Steve Forte Casino Pop-cut one-handed straight false cut onto table
327
Steve Forte Other Variants
327
Steve Forte Summary
328
Steve Forte Briefs definition, comments and basic ideas
329
Steve Forte Briefs for Cutters - slide-brief setting jog during cutting sequence, "don't-let-go" principle
331
Steve Forte squeeze-square brief setting tiny jog during square-up movement, from break
333
Steve Forte overhand shuffle briefs with story about hustler KP
334
Steve Forte reset-brief from f-strip, angle jog converted back
Related to 336
Steve Forte riffle-brief jog held during riffle shuffle
Related to 337
Steve Forte Briefs For Squares intro
338
Steve Forte overhand-shuffle bridge
338
Steve Forte off-the-table strip-brief in-the-hands
339
Steve Forte full-deck crimp
340
Steve Forte Other Variants
  • open square-up bevel-brief
  • one-handed square-up brief
  • pinky bevel-brief
  • bounce-brief
  • up-the-ladder
  • Rod the Hop brief
  • corner crimp
  • double-strip
  • casino riffle-brief
  • cut-card briefs
  • cascade-brief
  • Ron Conley - moving brief
  • natural riffle-brief
341
Rod the Hop Rod the Hop brief during undercut
342
Ron Conley moving brief from in-jog to angle-jog
345
Steve Forte Lugs rubber piece in deck
346
Unknown Gaffed Cards hustler PMH, single in-stripper card
346
Steve Forte New-Theory Brief fine incomplete faro
346
Steve Forte Fake Briefs having a second obvious brief as misdirection
347
Steve Forte False Shuffles and Brief setting brief with Zarrow or shuffle-over
348
Steve Forte Summary on briefs
349
Steve Forte Chapter 5 - False Deals
  • Introduction
351
Steve Forte Strike Seconds intro
352
Steve Forte Demonstration Strike Seconds comments about exhibition deals, brief size, apparently immovable top cards
353
Steve Forte Marlo's No-Touch Second comments on the deal
Related to 355
Steve Forte Walter Scott's Second Deal comments on the deal
Related to 356
Steve Forte Standard Strike Second
  • technical observations
    • terminology
    • conditions
    • playing cards
    • bevel
    • framing the deck (grip)
    • mechanic's grip (aka natural grip)
    • dealing thumb
    • dead thumb
    • briefs
    • right thumb
    • right thumb lift
    • retraction
    • dealing-thumb lift
    • dealing-thumb ending position
    • the take
    • deck-hand movement
    • dealing down
    • dealing direction
    • pitching
    • little-or-no-spin pitching
    • early pitching
    • stud deals
    • "necktie the deck"
    • noise
    • speed
    • rhythm
    • dealing tops
    • viewing angle
    • the body
    • dealing skill
359
Steve Forte Questionable Information strike second myths
  • delaying the left-thumb pushing action
  • elliptical path
  • emerging angles
  • melting action
  • difficulty factor
Related to 372
Unknown Deal-down Strikes by hustler VO, top card starts pushed forward so second card is initially not exposed
375
Steve Forte Casino Pitch Strikes
377
Steve Forte Top-side Brief top card pushed to the left
379
Steve Forte Middle-side Brief straddle grip, top card pushed to left
380
Steve Forte Back-corner Strikes take at back right corner
380
Steve Forte Natural Strikes left thumb starts at side of deck
381
Steve Forte Hit-card Strikes strike with fingers, stud
382
Steve Forte Stud Strikes
  • standard stud strike
  • underhand pause and pitch
  • underhand snap-scissors pitch
383
Slappers Slappers take from the front
Variations 385
Steve Forte Hanging Seconds far push-off of top card
Inspired byRelated to 386
Steve Forte Pushoff Seconds
  • technical observations
    • framing the deck (grip)
    • dealing thumb
    • brief size (short, medium and long pushoffs)
    • push off and retraction
    • consecutive seconds
    • border subtlety
388
Steve Forte Pitch Pushoffs
392
Steve Forte Hit-card Pushoffs hustler JB, take by right thumb, stud
393
Steve Forte Max-cover end grip take
Related to 395
Steve Forte Scissor Seconds take with first and second finger
397
Unknown BH scissors second by hustler BH, take with fourth finger under card
398
Steve Forte Cheat-seat Seconds targets first player
399
Steve Forte Early-retraction Seconds second card left sticking out immediately before take
Variations 400
Steve Forte tap second
Inspired by 401
Steve Forte No-retraction Seconds top card left sticking out
402
Steve Forte Swipes fake swipe by right thumb over top card
403
Jim Keller Novelty Seconds - flip-overs second card flips face-up during deal
404
Steve Forte pushdown snap second right fingers push second card face up
404
Steve Forte cigar second
Related to 404
Steve Forte get-ready seconds starting with break under two cards, top card not fully retracted, also end grip take from break without push-off
Related to 405
Steve Forte One-Handed Seconds
  • Standard Methods
406
Steve Forte dealer's thumb-off
406
Steve Forte pitch card spun out
406
Steve Forte table-brush second against the table
407
Steve Forte flipper dealt face-up
408
Steve Forte flicker dealt face-up
408
Steve Forte stab third finger pins card face-up to table
408
Steve Forte table snap-down dealt face-up against table
408
Steve Forte table snap-down #2 dealt face-up against table
409
Unknown No-spin Seconds by hustler JP
409
Unknown Blackjack Double-down Seconds by hustler JP
410
Steve Forte One-handed Pop Deals card pops out, two-handed
  • one-handed pop-second (front end)
  • one-handed pop-second (side)
411
Steve Forte buckle second - Marlo
Inspired by 413
Steve Forte Chinese second offering better get-ready
Inspired by 414
Steve Forte mechanical second - Marlo
Inspired by 415
Carmen D'Amico riffle-second - D'Amico brief outline
Related to 416
Steve Forte New-Theory Second Deals intro
417
Unknown MD Cover Stud Second by hustler MD, using end grip take
Related to 418
Steve Forte Right-thumb Retraction demonstrated by hustlers BB and MD, right thumb pushes back top card
420
Steve Forte Gravity Second second card drops out
422
Steve Forte Above-the-deck Seconds top card lifted up from deck with right thumb, stud
423
Steve Forte Single-Card Pushoffs left thumb at right side of deck, pushes out second card
424
Steve Forte Two-Step Seconds
Related to 426
Steve Forte Back Strikes right thumb strikes at inner end
428
Steve Forte No-finger Strikes base of right thumb strikes
429
Steve Forte Straddle Buckle Second
Related to 430
Steve Forte Pressure-Seconds push-off with left thumb in center of top card
430
Steve Forte The Old Days newspaper clippings
432
Steve Forte Summary second deal comments
435
Steve Forte The Bottom Deal
  • technical observations
    • second-deal similarities
    • strike and pushoff bottoms
    • grip
    • finger movement
    • squeeze
    • no-squeeze
    • straight-finger squeeze
    • the take
    • top-card movement
    • deck's plane
    • pitch timing
    • rhythm
    • bottom-deal nuances
  • Traits of the Best Bottom Dealers
    • Grip
    • Technique
    • Optimal Pace and Rhythm
    • Personal Dealing Style
437
Steve Forte Snap-down Bottoms (natural grip)
443
Steve Forte Squeeze Bottom (corner grip)
444
Steve Forte Straddle Bottom technical details by hustler FOF
445
Unknown Erdnase Bottom as taught by hustler JB
447
Steve Forte Early Squeeze get-ready during previous top deals
449
Steve Forte Incremental Squeeze get-ready during previous top deals
449
Steve Forte Back Take inner end take
450
Steve Forte Stud Bottoms - max-cover (natural grip) end grip take
450
Steve Forte end-for-end stud
452
Steve Forte scissors bottom take with first and second finger
452
Steve Forte Get-Ready Bottoms jogging a block at bottom
453
Steve Forte cocking the gun for a single bottom
Related to 453
Steve Forte last-card bottom dealing the last card in a round differently
454
Steve Forte Fred Robinson dealt out to the front
  • Robinson stud deal
  • Robinson hit-card deal
Inspired by 455
Steve Forte, Joe Artanis Artanis Bottom Deal
458
Steve Forte One-Handed Bottoms intro
459
Steve Forte hit-card bottoms one- or two-handed
459
Steve Forte table-brush bottom
460
Steve Forte bottom flicker and flipper against table
460
Steve Forte end-for-end
461
Steve Forte snap-around bottom most difficult one
461
Steve Forte Bottom Deal Ploys creative bottom deal uses
462
Steve Forte New-Theory Bottom Deals intro
463
Unknown Thumb-Stop Bottoms by hustler FOF, consecutive bottoms, left thumb reaches over to grip full deck
463
Unknown Forward Pushoff by hustler FOF, unusual front push-off
465
Steve Forte Thumb Digger requiring long right thumb nail, pinch take
466
Steve Forte Bottom Loader double deal and unloading bottom card on top for next deal
466
Steve Forte Summary bottom deal comments
468
Steve Forte Thirds, Greek Bottoms, and Centers comments
470
Unknown JB's Center Deal bridged deck bows open, idea by hustler JB
471
Steve Forte The Center Deal comments on its value for cheating
  • the magician and the cardsharp
  • center-deal demonstrations
471
Steve Forte Chapter 6 - Peeks and Paper
  • Introduction
477
Steve Forte bubble-peek
478
Steve Forte heel-peek also several during deal (Robert Mills) or several at once (hustler SA)
478
Steve Forte open-hand peek delayed heel peek
479
Steve Forte corner-squeeze peek top few cards
480
Steve Forte little-finger break-peek
480
Steve Forte square-up peek
481
Steve Forte bottom peeks buckle peek, with variations
482
Steve Forte pick-up peeks deck held from above, bottom card buckled
483
Walter Scott phantom peek
483
Steve Forte base-of-thumb peek
484
Steve Forte wrap-around peek
484
Steve Forte chop-peek during overhand shuffle, more than one card
484
Steve Forte overhand shuffle and off-the-table riffle peeks
485
Steve Forte back-corner riffle peek during tabled riffle shuffle
485
Steve Forte riffle squeeze during tabled riffle shuffle
485
Steve Forte off-the-table cascade-peek fifth from top or so
486
Steve Forte flashing having a partner peek
486
Steve Forte Paper general comments
  • paper for cardmen
487
Steve Forte Humps blockout work, adding humps with matching ink into white border
490
Steve Forte Asymmetries playing one-way deck, credit information
492
Steve Forte Sorts combining a deck from different decks
495
Steve Forte Edge-based Systems
496
Steve Forte Touch Work - punch
496
Steve Forte rough and smooth combining different finishes
497
Steve Forte Summary peek and paper with second deal
501