When you think of marked poker cards, you probably picture the type that cheaters use to cheat in games at home or in underground card rooms. Cheaters continue to find new and inventive ways to mark cards, even though casinos have better ways of tracking cheating. It’s important to always be cautious when playing poker outside a regulated gambling establishment.
Marked cards are playing cards with special markings on the back or side to help magicians and players identify which suit and number each card is when it’s face down. There are several different types of marked cards, and each one works differently. Some are invisible to the naked eye, but others can be seen with specific contact lenses or glasses and even poker scanning cameras. Some of the most popular methods of marking cards are crimping or bending the cards, tinting them, and cutting out work.
The first marks that appeared on cards were crimps, or bends. But these didn’t stay for long because other players noticed them and began to suspect cheating. Cheaters began to use tint solutions on the backs cards to make tiny bumps and blisters that they alone could see. Some of these markings looked like the Braille script, while others used more elaborate patterns. The next stage was the pinpricks, scrolls and shade work. These techniques not only looked good, but were also very effective.
Some people use luminous marking or juice to mark their playing cards, but this method is not very reliable. Gamblers may detect them using the riffle method, which involves closely inspecting the backs and looking for any small folds or defects. A better method to detect them is the cyclic codes marking. This is a set of dots on the card’s back that only certain devices are able to read.
Other kinds of marks on poker cards are cyclic codes and segment code. These markings are similar to luminous marks but are not visible by the naked eye or poker scanning cameras. The cyclic code markings have a definite pattern that is easily detectable by poker cheating devices, while the segment code marks are less obvious and more difficult to decipher.
Modiano, Bee, and Bicycle Ultimate Cards, and Copag1546 double decks are among the most popular marked Poker cards. These cards are printed using the finest stock from USPCC and have an air-cushioned surface. The Aces feature large pips and continue the Celtic theme with a mysterious labyrinth design. The backs feature a colorful array of icons, including musical notes, eyes and flowers. They are perfect for a variety magic tricks and poker.