The Sanding Method of Marking Cards
A popular method of card cheating is known as sanding. As might be expected from the name, the primary tool used by those who cheat at cards in this manner is a small piece of sandpaper. This article is informational, and we do not intend to teach you how to cheat. But it pays off to know about these methods, as you might someday end up being the target of a cheating act.
It doesn’t take much sandpaper to mark up cards; often those who do so are able to get away with it by coming to the game with one of their fingers wrapped in a bandage.
Beneath the bandage the cheater would have placed a tiny sliver of sandpaper, which would be utilized courtesy of a small slit. This used to be the standard method of sanding cards, but since today many players are immediately suspicious at the unusual sight of a bandage on just one finger, most card cheats today arrive with the sliver of sandpaper glued directly onto the finger. In this way, it is almost impossible for player to get caught actually marking up the cards.
But how does sanding actually work? What does the cheater do with the sandpaper and wouldn’t it be noticed by other players. The most useful aspect of cheating by sanding cards is that only a few have to be marked up. Most of those who use sanding typically only mark up aces and deuces, giving them such a substantial edge that it becomes virtually unnecessary to mark any others.
All it takes for a good card cheat to sand cards to his advantage is to slightly mark up the backs of a few cards. Although sanding works best with cards whose design goes all the way to the edge, it can be done with just about any type of card. The most prevalent way that sanding works is for the cheat to slightly sand at the left hand edge of one type of card, and perhaps the right edge of another. If he wants to go further than two types of cards, he might even mark the center of yet another card.
To throw off suspicion, a smart cheater would sand only two aces and each in a different way, while leaving the other two untouched. In this way, the likelihood of being caught is diminished because it would be much easier to convince any doubters that the blemishes were simply factory defects since none of the markings would have the consistency that most marked cards have.
Although the methods of actually sanding cards mentioned above indicate that the cards could be marked within the game, some players actually bring sanded cards to the table. This would, of course, be the best way to do this because you lessen the chances of getting caught marking up the cards during the game. The downside is that if anyone does catch on; guess who’s going to face the consequences. So think twice before attempting this cheat. (Not that you were even thinking of doing that, of course!)