# Cutting?

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robinventa
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In thread below (who goes first), just out of interest I was going to contribute a random selection method I am using -

…… the gillie shuffles the nine Clause cards and places the stack (number side up) opposite the Business card. Counting clockwise, starting with the gillie who is “one”, the player given the number that matches the top Clause card will start the game.

That got me thinking. Obviously, in my game it is not intended that the gillie shuffles himself an advantage. When we play games shuffled cards are always offered for cutting. Do you think this is implied when a rule states ‘shuffle the cards’?

Brykovian
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Cutting?

I think that explicitly stating that a freshly-shuffled deck of cards should be offered for cutting is the best way to go. I have played card games where shuffler-offered cutting was discouraged (usually since there was a structured cut later in the turn process) ... and if it's not mentioned, it might just not be considered something to do.

I also knew a guy who could always shuffle whatever card he wished to the bottom of a deck ... in the example you gave, a gille with that skill (look! a rhyme!) could seriously impact the game if who goes first matters.

-Bryk

robinventa
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Cutting?

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I also knew a guy who could always shuffle whatever card he wished to the bottom of a deck ... in the example you gave, a gille with that skill (look! a rhyme!) could seriously impact the game if who goes first matters.

Thats the point of course. I've always had trouble wording the 'cutting' part of a shuffle - so I leave it out. 'Shuffle and cut' could mean that you are expected to end up with two half packs. 'Shuffle,cut, and complete the cut' is probably accurate - but I've never seen anything like it, have you?

-Robin

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don't cut...

If the only purpose of cutting the deck is to further randomize the deck then don't bother, because then you would need to add "shuffle well" to the rules.

Anyone who deals themselves good cards on purpose should realize that's just bad form. Unless this game is geared towards cheating...