Originally Posted by fletchdad
Thanks Oz, I know you would post something useful :-). That does help. I will not try to be fancy with my deal, but it is 9-10 players and unless I am really at the 50 yard line (center table left or right) I have to lean WAY over or toss. I am getting better at tossing, and I dont try to toss all the way, I tell the players I am not a good dealer so I can toss and it gets passes very quickly to the right player if it is not far enough. The games are friendly for the most part and players helpful and tolerant of bad dealers.
Whats the thing about the "cut card" in video 3? (the yellow card) I dont know any thing about that since they dont do that at this game.
Ugh - I take it they're making you self-deal on a racetrack table then? Don't be disheartened if that's the case: I think even most casino dealers would have a difficult time pitching accurately all the way from one end of the table to the other. I've been dealing for about five years, and I know I'd have a hard time with it. If they're making you self-deal then they really should be providing round tables so everybody is an equal distance from the action.
As for the cut card, it's something every serious poker game
should be using. As the video shows, the idea is you end up with a shuffled deck, with the cut card on the bottom.
It serves a couple of purposes: most importantly, it covers the bottom of the deck while it's in your hand, so in theory even if you hold the deck sideways or wave your hands about nobody should be able to see what the bottom card is. It also makes it difficult / impossible (don't actually know which since I've never had reason to try) to deal from the bottom of the deck.
Like I said above, if your game doesn't provide one you could always use a joker if there's one available (assuming you're not playing a game that uses the joker). Alternatively, speak to whoever runs the game and suggest they invest in some cut cards - they cost next to nothing, will come in a range of fashionable colours and they should even be able find them on Ebay.