Saturday, April 09, 2011

Spading

I just learned a new poker word, which doesn't happen very often these days. The process of spreading a new deck out on the table face up in order to prove that all 52 cards are there is called "spading" the deck.

6 comments:

Martin said...

In olden days, back when I was a poker dealer, the act of putting a deck of cards in rank and suit order was known as "spading" or "spiking" the deck. This was done so that it could be spread and checked for correct composition before being put into play.

Rakewell said...

Yeah, the places I'm seeing this are a little unclear whether they're referring to the process of putting the deck into suit/rank order, or to the act of spreading out such an ordered deck on the table for inspection, or both. On first reading I thought it was the latter, but on rechecking, I see more ambiguity, so now I'm not sure.

Pete said...

I believe it is the process of setting up the deck in order, not the actual spreading of the deck.

--S said...

The only people I hear refer to suiting the deck as "spading" all learned to deal blackjack before learning to deal poker. I think "spading" is a term that originated in the pit, not the poker room. As always, I could be wrong :)

Grange95 said...

"Spading" is also a law review term for the work done by the junior staffers in researching & verifying the accuracy of citations in law review articles.

Anonymous said...

I just read about the term Spading meaning a side bet in draw poker, where you are betting, in addition to the normal hand, that you have the highest spade.