As in his other DVDs, Rich Ferguson offers first rate instruction. He demonstrates a move, explains it, step-by-step, and when needed, teaches via an over-the-shoulder view so you dont have to transpose his movements. And throughout, the DVD serves high-quality video and sound. This is a very professional production.
Ferguson rates the moves by difficulty. While this is helpful, most will probably peruse the demos and select the moves that they most want to learn. It is, however, helpful to learn the easier moves first, as they generally form the foundation for harder ones.
Ferguson has included just about every shuffle that Ive seen, which includes basic riffles, both on the table and off, bridges, Hindu and overhand shuffles and lots of variations. There's work on the Faro shuffle and its many incarnations, including the flashy one-handed version.
There's a thorough collection of cuts. Ferguson starts with the basic cut with center, hand to table and other variations. He then moves to the Charlier, the fundamental one-handed cut, and covers pivots, swivels, scissors and more.
The rest of the DVD teaches showy, multi-packet cuts. Ferguson offers flashy four and five-packet cuts, but most flamboyant is his Crazy Cut, which looks a lot like Chris Kenner's"Sybil," but with four packets and not five. In all, there are some 50 moves and variations.
With his Official Poker Shuffles & Cuts DVD-Volume 1, Rich Ferguson teaches a first rate and comprehensive collection of shuffles and cuts that will appeal to novice and intermediate card workers. There lots to like here.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto