What is ‘Waving’?
Waving is a form of cheating in casino games. It refers to the act of deforming the cards in specific manners so that a player is able to see what cards their opponents are in possession of. Done properly, it can simply look like a deck has been kept in poor condition for some time. Done improperly, and each card will appear poorly marked by the deformations.
Waving is different from classic examples of marking cards. Marked cards involve the cheating player penning or pencilling in specific symbols, like dots, dashes or crosses on the back of cards. Other players with keen eyes will see these imperfections just by gazing across the table.
The act of waving cards involves making any imperfections look more natural. Subtle bends or tears in cards will look far less obvious, if done properly, than having a tiny symbol scrawled on the back.
Ways in which a player can wave cards include:
– Bending the tips
– Making small tears in specific locations
– Folding the tips
– Coiling the cards.
While these methods are more subtle than marking them with a pen, it won’t take experienced players long to notice that specific suits, numbers or regal cards all share the same defects. Such players could use this knowledge to their advantage, but anyone who has respect for the game will call out the offending host.
You won’t likely see any such activity in a big name house as they will be subject to various regulations and inspections. They will also be frequented by dedicated players who will likely kick up a big fuss should they be the witness of any foul play.
It’s also impossible to mark virtual cards on online casinos due to their non-corporeal nature.
Cheating in all forms totally detracts from the game. Anyone caught waving cards will likely find themselves without future players.