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The cards themselves are pieces of a puzzle being put together, like strokes of a painting completing a deceptive masterpiece.
When false deals fail, stacking is the new weapon utilised by the card man. Jeff Lianza has broken this system down to a science. His hands are able to determine fortunes made or lost with the turn of a card.
Full OverviewJeff Lianza's 'Equations' is a flawlessly written manuscript dedicated to solving Scarne's Riffle Stacking Problem on-the-fly. How many X cards must be dropped in between the desired cards to have them turn up precisely where they're needed?
Jeff's system not only teaches you the mechanics and methods of the stacking system, but provides a complete understanding of why it works. The 'Equation' allows you to deal the perfect hand to any seat with any number of players - as named by the spectator.
In 'The Hold Em Poker Stack' Jeff even goes as far as to teach the system to completely stack the deck, with the winning hand dealt to any player from any number of seats, with burn cards, flop, turn and river stacked to fall as skilfully orchestrated by the magician.
With teaching that includes the Casino standard of 'Riffle, RIffle, Strip, Riffle', if it weren't for the disclaimer at the start of the book, you may be tempted to take this system to a paid table - which we can not advise against strongly enough. This system is for the demonstration of gambling techniques for entertainment purposes only.
This is not a book for the beginner or faint of heart. Whilst there is much here for the novice, you do need to know how to riffle shuffle, and understand that this is a book for study, not for light reading. But for those who put in the effort - the rewards are boundless.
Format: Printed book.
Duration: 131 Pages.
Jeff Lianza's EQUATIONS is a great book.
The teachings in this book is simple and straight forward. Jeff utilizes simple diagrams as well as clear explanations to teach the executions for the stacking.
However, it is advisable for one to have at least some basic experience with a deck of cards before considering to buy this book as Jeff strictly does not go into the details and teachings of the "moves" required.
Despite being labelled as, "advanced", I personally feel that EQUATIONS is a definite must-buy for those who have COMPLETELY no experience with riffle stacking (but with the basic experience as mentioned earlier on that is) and are interested and would like to learn this form of tabled deception - this book basically teaches you the logic behind riffle stacking with the clever use of equations.
You do not only gain the knowledge of riffle stacking from reading this. The logic and the equations that you will acquire will also be useful for card magic as long as you can be creative and think of ways to apply these techniques to your own routines.
All in all, EQUATIONS by Jeff Lianza will only be helpful and worth the $40 as long as the buyer is willing to spend the time and the effort in studying this book in great detail. The possibilities of the knowledge gained can only be maximised with the reader's effort to think through the teachings of this book.