By Geno Munari
A few years ago, many as a matter of fact, Mike Rogers and I sat in the Tropicana Hotel lounge playing with an idea of having the spectator remove four of the same value cards from the deck and then taking the deck and riffling the faces and deducing what card value is missing. Purely skill, but easily mastered. Then we would remove three cards, then two and finally one card, and then name the card.
I worked on this concept for years and came up with this idea.
This is similar to the Epitome Location, by Harry Lorayne, but different because when I was a Baccarat dealer at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, I counted the cards in a similar fashion. What I mean by counting the cards is this: There are two side to place a wager on in the game of Baccarat, the Bank side and the Player side. Two cards are initially dealt to each side. Depending on the totals of each hand a third card is dealt to each respective hand. The hand is totaled and the hand closet to a total of 9 is the winner.
This was long before I learned of or aware of the Epitome Location. I spoke with Harry Lorayne about this and he gave me permission to refer to his great concept.
So in Baccarat, the value of ten does not count. A five and an eight would not be counted as 13, but as 3. Just think about the number on the right. A nine, another nine and a queen would total 8. A ten a ten and a ten would be 0. A six and a four would be 0. And so on.
Before shuffling the the deck on the table, remove any 10 valued cards from the first 15 or 20 top cards. Then shuffle, keeping the 20 cards in place and have a spectator choose one. Shuffle again, and turn the deck face up and count the totals. If the total is 16, your remember 6. You eliminate 10 values and continue adding. If the next card is a 4, your total is 0. Continue your running count through the deck and whatever the total is at the end of the entire deck, subtract this value from 10. That is the value of the card missing. Say the total in your head was 3, subtract 3 from 10 and you arrive at 7. That is the value of the card chosen. Simply run through the deck and look for the other three matching 7s. Take the odd colored seven which is red and you have the match.
In the video, I did not have a spectator so I rolled a single die after pancake shuffling the cards on the table. I made sure the top 20 cards covered the other 31 cards. I dropped the die to select a card.
Hope this is clear.