Cut (playing cards)
After a deck of playing cards
it is often given to a player other than the one who performed the shuffle
for a procedure called a cut
To cut the deck, the player removes as a unit roughly half of the cards
from the top of the deck, placing that portion on the table next to the
remaining cards, toward the dealer (by convention).
Either he or the dealer then picks up the remaining bottom portion
of the deck, places it upon the former top portion, then squares the deck.
The term is also used for a random selection procedure in which a player
perform the first part of a cut (removing a group of cards from the top
of a deck), then look at the value of the card on the bottom of that
portion, then replaces it.
Another player then does the same, and the values of the cards thus
exposed are used for such things as selecting who deals the game.
This is often used as a pure gamble as well, much like fliping coins.