Blackjack Dealer-to-Player Single-Card Switch

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Normally, when a dealer and a player are running a blackjack scam against the casino, the player has a second chance at catching a good card if the dealer can deal stud seconds. However, sometimes even a second chance is not enough because the player can still bust by catching a bad second card. After all, who knows what that second card is? The player signals for a second deal, because the dealer flashes the top card, so the player is still taking a chance at hitting with the second card (a second chance, though).

As seen on this video, the player's original total is 16 (7C, 9D), definitely a bad hand, but the situation calls for a hit. The dealer flashes the top card (off screen), but it is an unwanted one. So the player asks for a hit, but in doing so he signals to hit with the second card. The signal could be anything that the cheats worked out by themselves ahead of time, such as the position of the fingers of either hand...etc.

The dealer delivers the second card but it is still a bad one, in this case the Queen of Spades. "Damit! This is not fair!" But the player does not show he has a busted hand, yet, because believe it or not there's still a chance to win this round. Instead he places his cards under his bet, which is the normal procedure to stand in a single-deck game. However, in doing so, the player indicated that he wants to switch one of his cards. This is a highly irregular request by most casino standards, but in this game it is allowed.

The request for a switch is seen in this video when the player switches his cards a couple of times before placing his hand under the bet. Granted, this is not the subtlest of signals, but this is just for this demonstration. In a real joint, the cheats would have worked out a better signal. Now the dealer has to secure a desired card for his agent. To do so, he must know what the player needs. So the player uses another signal to indicate the maximum value of the desired card (for example, the position of the un-played chips, fingers, hands...etc). In this case, the player needs a 2 or and Ace, however, if his 16 consisted of a 10 and a 6, then a 3-value card would also work.

The dealer will attempt to secure any one of the wanted cards by peeking and second dealing hit cards to the other players (who cares what they get), or by playing his own hand accordingly. He can also dump-off unwanted cards from the top of the deck while scooping-off possible busted hands. If he manages to secure a good card for his agent, he will perform the switch, as seen on the video. If not, then they will both realize that the player did not realize on time that he busted. How silly of him! He must have been absentminded not to realize that 16 + 10 = 26.