Whether you are playing against your friends and family in a friendly game or against a challenging opponent in a casino in Vegas, you need the odds to be in your favor to win in a game of cards and solely depending on dumb-luck will not bring you wins all the time. However, there are some simple math that can be incorporated to a game which will supplement you luck in a game. If you want to gain an even bigger advantage, that’s where the “tricks” must come into play. There are literally countless ways of cheating at a card game and it’s going to be impossible to talk about all of them in this article. Instead, here are three of the simplest and most effective methods of cheating at card games.

Mirrored surfaces

This is very tricky method of cheating which must be done with a great deal of care. The dealers always keep a close eye on the objects that are brought to the table by a player such as mobile phones, lighters, match boxes, keys etc. A mirror can be attached to one such object well hidden in a way that no one will be able to tell it’s there except you. These mirrors must be placed directly below the area where the dealer hands over the cards to you. As they are dealt with the playing surface facing down, the player will be able to see what the card is by looking at the mirror placed directly below as the card is dealt.

Altering the nature of the playing cards

The nature of a card (usually the obverse surface) can be altered before or during a game and by doing so, a player is able to identify the best cards from the rest with ease, giving him an advantage over the opponent. If you have a good idea about how to mark cards, then you can go ahead and do it during a game, well hidden from the dealer and the opponents. Edgework, pinching the cards with finger nails and sanding are some of the best-known methods of doing this.

If you are new to the subject, it is always better walk in with a deck of paper (a deliberately altered card is also called paper) and use that for the game. This is most applicable for domestic and friendly games you might play outside a casino. You can purchase marked cards for sale from a reliable supplier whose cards are effectively marked with alterations that cannot be picked up by an untrained eye.

Sticky stuff!

Sticky residue or daubs have been used for cheating in many games and for altering the nature of surfaces. One can carry some sticky daub in their pockets, socks, shoes or any such concealed place and during the game, simply get some of it on your fingers and apply it on the playing cards. Only you will know which cards you have marked and therefore as the game progresses, you will have a much better chance of winning that the rest of the players.