How to Shuffle Poker Chips

Learn how to shuffle poker chips from poker champion Nick "Nicky Numbers" Brancato in this Howcast video.


Hey, I'm Nicky Numbers, a Professional Poker Player, and now, I'm going to show you how to shuffle chips. You may have seen poker on t.v., and you may have seen pros at the table doing something like this, shuffling their chips while they're making a decision, or, while they're not in a hand. It's something that's very common at the poker table, something akin to shaking your leg. People do it nervously. People do it habitually. People just do it because it's fun to shuffle chips.

The way you want to start is with just six chips at time. Three, and three. Don't worry about all the other chips, til later. So, you get three and three. Now, what you need to do, is align your fingers. So, you want to make sure that each side of the chip is covered. So, I'm going to put a pinky on the back, a ring finger on the front, and then I'm going to put a thumb and an index finger. And I'm going to use my middle finger, to slowly lift the chips, while I guide them together. And there, if you look close, you can see that the chips just slide together. At first, your hand's going to feel a little uncomfortable, because these may be muscles you haven't ever used before in this way.

Then, once you get that down, and you're able to riffle back and forth, a couple times, you just start adding chips. You want to add chips in increments of two. So, now instead of three chips, I have four, and the technique is always the same.

And as you practice, you add more and more chips. If you're not going to do at least three chips, though, don't even bother. You often see people at the table doing something like this. That's not shuffling chips. Shuffling chips is this. So, gradually add more, and before you know it, you'll be at a full stack of twenty chips, ten and ten, and you'll be able to riffle them like a pro. And, once you're able to shuffle chips, doing it with different colors, it looks even fancier. You can see, shuffling two chips together, results in them alternating perfectly. So, when you riffle fast, it creates more of an optical illusion, and it's much more interesting to look at. And that's how you shuffle chips.

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