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Card shuffling with a fixed card

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lelebrian
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Hello,
I need to find a way to setup my game in a way that a set of card is placed covered on the table in a long row (let's say number 1 is the card on the left, number 16 is the card on the right), with one player only knowing where one special card has been placed.

Some ideas I am trying:

1. the dealer shuffles, then sets the special card in the n-th position, then places them on the table (there's a bit of risk of mistake in young players)

2. the dealer sets 16 random cards in the row, then replaces one with the special card when other players are not watching (maybe not elegant enough)

Note: I assumed the player having to know the card to be the dealer, but it is not a constraint.

Thank for your help.

Emanuele

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Peeking

Can you allow the designated player to peek at the cards once they've been dealt in a row? Or is there some restriction where they are not able to look at the position of the rest of the cards in the row, and only the specific one?

If there's no restriction, then just deal out the 16 cards in a row, and let the special player peek at the cards (concealing them from the rest of the players in some way while they do so). If the player needs a reminder, they can look at the cards whenever it's their turn.

lelebrian
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Yes, it's a limit. The player

Yes, it's a limit. The player should get to know only the specific card, not the other cards.

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Set the Position

Then it sounds to me like the select player needs to shuffle the rest of the cards, then secretly choose a position to insert their card.

In short: stick with your first option, test extensively until it doesn't seem to be working, then try something different.

Zag24
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I agree. I like that

I agree. I like that approach better than dealing them out and then swapping one of the cards with a known card or trying to insert the known card into the dealt-out ones. Both of those approaches have the problem that someone not even trying to cheat might notice that the cards were all aligned before, and now one isn't.

With that many cards, the only way for the privileged player to remember is by counting, anyway. (With only 4 or 5, he could remember the position by gestalt-ing the position and not actually counting.) If he can't handle remembering the number, or figuring out that counting 6 cards to put on top of the special card means that his card is 7th (not 6th), then he was going to screw up any other method you might have chosen, too.

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