Mucking InlmiffipaCcarat the cards are almost always dealt face up by the dealer. Recently, some clubs have been experimenting with dealing the game face down, handing the, player's hand to the biggest player Bet/and the bankers hand to the biggest banker bet. They’re attempting to bring some of the big table excitement to the miniversion by letting the players sweat the hands. It generally never lasts/ ’ With this procedure, you'll often see pikstic cirds used'to provide more protection. The format makes mucking and switching a possibility, When the cardslare dealt face down in either the big table game or minibaccarat, as in blackjack, mucking requires the steal of one or more cards to 'start the process. If the cards are changed for every [ shoe, a cheater would have to steal a card,; make one or, more switches, and add the card back to the game before the shoe is finisn.ed||pPi^ -the 'shoe, moves from player to player. During this action the right hand could begin to move the top card out until it just clears the lip, resting the palm on top- of the partially dealt cardin perfect alignment. As the shoe is passed, the hand slides to the table along with the copped card. Now, many traditional mucks’lfcduld [Occur at this stage: jThe stolen card could -be passed around to other creyy members' ^^iHta|e^^|scaihi. After one or more mucks comes:the'clean up; assuming that the cheaters have opted for the purest of applications, otherwise, a desperado may just leave the shoe short one or more cards. A cheater holding out a card could come over the front ofi the shoe and dealthepalmed card instead of the top card. Its an excellent illiision, and vyould effectively clean up the shoe as the game starts with 416 cards, and it ends with,416 canis!& Stealing two cards, then switching tiyq cards is,also theoretically possible, jlnjScflrwes Complete Guide to Gambling, the author boasts of how he switched two stranger cards into play; that is> two cards of a different back design and color from those in play. He wanted to prove to a casino operator that the game could be beaten by muckers. Supposedly, a natural nine was mucked in and immediately turned face up. When the hand was complete, the round was picked up and slid into the bucket. No one was the wiser. For an extreme example of the possibilities, lets say a natural nine is palmed in the clpaters right hand, two cards having been stolen (Fig. 37). The first card is legitimately dealt (Fig. 38). The second card is pushed slighdy out of the shoe, and then snapped back as the right hand comes in front and deals its palmed cards as the fop’card^The'two rards;,stay perfectly aligned, appear to be one, and are pinned under the shoe (Fig. 39). The right hand is now empty as the third card is dealt (Fig. 40). To deal the last card, the top card is pushed out slightly, then snapped back again as the right hand slides the top female accomplice (sitting together) would play opposite sides, which ensured that both players wouldl handle all the remaining cards. If the mucker picked up a hand with a nine of spades, it was stolen. If the girl picked up a hand with the nine of spades, she pushed her cards over to her partner (who was on the player side and had already revealed his hand) and left the table abrupdy, as if she had received a cell phone call. The mucker casually squeezed out her hand, and mucked the nine of spades out of play in the process, cleaning up the shoe. card of the 'two pinned xards to the'front of the shoe as if it had just been dealt. This is one of those moves where seeing is believing. There is no doubt that the move could be performed adeptly enough to fool’most gamers. Although I know of cheaters who have practiced this and related techniques, I'm not aware of this move ever surfacing under fire, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn't. While on the topic, a recent scam in Asia may prove to be the biggest score of its kind at the hands of a hand mucker. After acquiring a starter card (method unknown), a gutsy cheater was caught mucking on over one hundred hands, resulting in a multimillion dollar score. Greed got the best of him, he overstayed his visit, and he was eventually caught and arrested. The technique employed was a traditional cap of the palmed card, followed by a delay, which allowed the hand mucker to gesture with one empty hand while the other hand held three cards squared. Now, following a steal/cop of the desired card, the hand was revealed. The mucker played to win or lose, depending on how much was bet by his partner and on which side. If the starter card happened to be the nine of spades, in the final switch in a particular shoe, the mucker had to steal a nine of spades from play to effectively clean up the shoe. To ensure this possibility, the crew never played with other players. Near the end of the shoe, both the mucker and his female accomplice (sitting together) would play opposite sides, which ensured that both players would handle all the remaining cards. If the mucker picked up a hand with a nine of spades, it was stolen. If the girl picked up a hand with the nine of spades, she pushed her cards over to her partner (who was on the player side and had already revealed his hand) and left the table abrupdy, as if she had received a cell phone call. The mucker casually squeezed out her hand, and mucked the nine of spades out of play in the process, cleaning up the shoe.