I was at the Gutshot Poker Club in London. To kill time during a break in a tournament, I skimmed through a copy of Poker Player (May 2007).
An article by Mark McAndrew, titled 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels', discussed the methods of cardsharps. It included a colour reproduction of the American DVD 'Herb Zarrow on the Zarrow shuffle' which I happen to own. It also referred to juice decks.
I began to wonder if knowledge of the Zarrow shuffle and other arcane methods would soon become commonplace?
But I was soon distracted by the action at the table.
Short stacked, I dealt myself a King Queen and went all in against an Ace Jack. Made a powerful two pair on the flop, only to realise I had dealt my opponent an instant Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of Clubs.
These Hollywood hands aren't supposed to occur in real life.
Approximately 650,000 to 1.