Cheating at Blackjack and Poker:
The Push-Off Second DealBy Sam Case
(From Blackjack Forum Vol. II #1, March 1982)
© 1982 Blackjack Forum
[Ed. Note: In "The Second Deal, Part I" Sam Case described what a second deal was, explaining the difference between the two types of second deals, the strike second deal, and the push-off second deal. The strike second deal was described in detail so that a player could detect the tip-off that a dealer might be employing this uncommon method of cheating.
In this article, Sam Case describes the push-off second deal. --Arnold Snyder]
What the Push-Off Second Deal Looks Like
To facilitate dealing the push-off second, the deck is held in the left hand in the Mechanic's Grip. As illustrated in Blackjack Forum Vol. I #4 this grip alone is not a tip-off that a dealer might be cheating. This is the most common method of holding the deck for any single-deck dealer. Likewise, most dealers, and almost all honest ones, are push-off dealers. By this, I mean that they push the top card slightly off the deck with the left thumb, so that the right thumb and forefinger can easily deal the card.
The push-off second dealer appears to be using the same dealing style, when in actuality he is pushing off the top two cards, perfectly aligned. The right thumb and forefinger then pinch the two cards, as if they were a single-card to be dealt. However, the left thumb now draws the top card back to its original position on top of the deck, while the right (dealing) hand simultaneously whips the second card out from under the top card, and deals it.
Push-Off Second Deal Tip-offs
You cannot visually detect whether the top or the second card is being dealt. The motion is too quick to see. There are a number of tip-offs you can watch for that would indicate that you may be in the presence of a push-off second dealer.
Finally, some tip-offs of a "sloppy" second are: Hesitation during the deal; re-squaring a pushed-off card and starting the deal over; dealing two cards as one, especially a dealer who winds up with two hole cards. If you see any of the tip-offs described above, beware, especially if you're losing. You may or may not be in the presence of a second dealer, but don't take chances. Once you know what to look for, you'll see clearly that most singledeck dealers you encounter are probably not dealing seconds.
Joe Baseel performs a push-off second deal on the Rouge et Noir "Cheating At Blackjack" videotape*. Note the awkward grip that the right hand uses to grip the pushed-off cards fingers at the far end, thumb at the rear end. Never play against a dealer who does this. Joe Baseel is an expert, and you cannot "see" the push-off second being dealt, but you can see his unnatural dealing style when you know what to look for. [Note from Arnold Snyder: For a more recent demonstration of second dealing, see Steve Forte's excellent Gambling Protection Series, Volume 2.]
Summary of Second Dealing Signals
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