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Base Dealing in Casino Poker? Smells Like College

4 July 2014, By: compncards
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Just watched a video of an interview with Matt Salsberg regarding an incident that went down at the Golden Nugget Summer Series Main Event.

According to Salsberg, one of the dealers started base dealing and he claimed that he saw this happen in a couple of spots. He called the floor and the dealer was subsequently taken out of the event.

Base dealing. Man, that takes me back to college. When I was a student in college, I was friends with a guy that was a real-life "Worm" from Rounders. He was a deck mechanic and he actually taught me a few things with one of those being base dealing.

Base dealing isn't exactly the easiest skill to master. In most cases, it requires you to set the bottom cards. This usually requires that either the deck be marked so that you can shuffle the desired card or cards to the bottom or for you to manually set the card and keep it at the bottom. The later is not the easiest thing to accomplish inconspicuously unless you have a lot of practice.

From this scenario, it seems to me that the dealer must not have been using a cut card. Cut cards help to reduce the frequency of players being able to deal from the bottom of the deck. Is it possible? Sure. However, I can tell you from experience that it is not easy.

Salsberg was claiming that he thought the dealer was practicing base dealing for a later point in the tournament. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

I know the case where my friend and I practiced, we would work on our base dealing in non-game situations and using the various types of cards that you would encounter in the college home games. That matters as each brand has its own quirks and you have to factor in sizing etc.

Unless this dealer was a complete noob to base dealing, I have a feeling that there was something else going on. Of course, she sucked at it and got caught so maybe that was indeed the case. Hopefully we find out in the future.

Base dealing in a live event or a live casino cash game is really a rare bird and this is the first time I have heard of such an occurrence in a tournament. It's not something that's easy to do in the modern era of live poker.

Unless the dealer was paid off before the event, I cannot see why they would risk their license.

Would love to hear from any of you that have caught base dealing in live casinos.

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