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Topic: Survey – overhand or riffle shuffle?
Message: Posted by: Waterloophai (Sep 18, 2013 10:27AM)
I noticed that there may be a cultural difference in the way a “normal” person shuffles the cards. On the one hand in the USA and on the other hand in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (the other European countries I don’t know).
In the USA it is my impression that one usually shuffles the cards with a riffle shuffle. (correct me if I am wrong please).
In the European countries mentioned above a “normal” person will always shuffle the cards with an overhand shuffle. (unless he is often in a “poker environment”)
My questions are:
1) Is my impression right that the majority of the people shuffle the cards with a riffle shuffle in the USA?
2) How about the other countries in Europe?
3) How about Australia and Asia?

Thanks in advance
Message: Posted by: heybobby08 (Sep 18, 2013 10:49AM)
Hi Waterloophai! As far as I have noticed, here in the states most folks do use the riffle shuffle in favor of the overhand shuffle. However, this may be correlated to the persons exposure to cards as well. For example, when I was younger I would use the overhand to shuffle the deck. However as I grew older (and started playing more poker) I shifted to using the riffle shuffle.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Sep 18, 2013 05:13PM)
Hi Waterloophai,

Heybooby hit it on the head: more experienced card players will riffle shuffle - and some VERY well too. I've noticed here in The Netherlands that even experienced card players find the riffle shuffle difficult to do; kind of a drag for certain effects that require a spectator to riffle shuffle. ;)

Best,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: ssibal (Sep 22, 2013 12:45PM)
My experience playing all sorts of card games ive noticed that the people that do an overhand shuffle it is because they can't do a riffle shuffle, and many of these don't even do the correct overhand shuffle.
Message: Posted by: warren (Sep 28, 2013 06:27PM)
In the uk I would say people tend to use the overhand shuffle.