Shuffling is not just a random act in blackjack – it has a purpose. The goal of shuffling is to randomize the cards so that the dealer can’t predict which card will be dealt next.
This unpredictability is key to the game, as it keeps players on their toes and makes for a more exciting experience.
There are two main methods for shuffling cards – one uses a mechanical device and the other relies on human dexterity. Mechanically shuffling cards requires a lot of energy and can take quite a while, so casinos generally use this method only when there’s a long line or when they need to clean the cards quickly.
Human shufflers usually shuffle faster than machines, but they can also make more mistakes.
Once the cards are shuffled, they are placed in the deck at face down. The dealer then turns over the top card, which is now the “face up” card.
This card will determine how many hands (rows) the player will have to play before receiving their final payoff.