1. Don’t put everything on the table
In a twist on normal life, only drinks, cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters can be on the table as you play. This, like many rules, is about cheating prevention and common sense. “Bags, food, glasses and electronic devices are not allowed,” says Erik. “You can have these things with you at the table -- that’s what pockets are for."
2. Sit in the middle
Taking a spot on the end of the table doesn’t mean you are up to no good, of course, but these are your dealer’s weakest spots, where stray hands are most likely to grab chips, cash, and mess with cards. Want to look angelic? Sit right in front of them. “We lean into the sides as we deal so we can, peripherally, spot any quick moves being made from there,” says Alicia. “But of course, the middle of the table is so much easier to protect.”
3. Enough about the shuffling
While it’s tempting to fixate on “beating the system,” when it comes to hand vs. machine shuffling… there really isn’t one. “Some players insist on hand-shuffling as opposed to the machine,” says Erik, “and get quite superstitious about it, but really? The cards are the cards -- there’s no funny business here.”