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In this video, you learn how to cut chips like a professional, casino dealer would in a poker dealer school. We take you step by step through the motions of how to cut a stack of chips. Below are the concepts discussed in the video.
A full stack of chips is 20 chips of any denomination. Breaking down stacks of chips is for verification for the players, poker employees, and surveillance.
$1, $2, $5, and $100 chips, are broken down in increments of five to make them easier to count. Five $1 chips = a stack of $5. Five $2 chips = a stack of $10. Five $5 chips = a stack of $25. Five $100 chips = a stack of $500.
$0.50, $25, and $500 chips, are broken down in increments of four to make them easier to count. Four $0.50 chips = a stack of $2. Four $25 chips = a stack of $100. Four $500 chips = a stack of $2,000.
A lot of the time, dealers must be able to count their banks by counting stacks of 20.
Twenty $0.50 chips = $10.
Twenty $1 chips = $20.
Twenty $2 chips = $40.
Twenty $5 chips = $100.
Twenty $25 chips = $500.
Twenty $100 chips = $2,000.
Twenty $500 chips = $10,000.
Learn how to cut chips with both hands. Cheques is another name for chips in casinos.
How to cut a stack of 20 chips:
Cut with your index finger instead of your thumb and cut the chips toward your forearm. With $5 chips, pick up all except for 5 chips. If you leave 4 chips, just drop one more. If you drop all except for 6, just pick one up and so on. With the remaining stack of 15, bump it into the stack of 5 with your index finger raised up and your pinkie down on the felt opposite your index finger. Then prove the stack with your index finger by sliding the tip flat on the top of the stack of 5 toward the stack of 15 until it picks up all except for 5 chips. Bring that new stack of 10 chips to the felt in the same direction as you did last time and bump and prove again. That will leave you with 5 chips. Bump them, and then prove them as well. Next, splash that last stack of 5 chips to verify that all the stacks are the same. Clear your hand, and then pick up the splashed stack of 5 chips. Prove them once more, and then pick the chips up with your index fingernail down on top of the chips and you are good to hand them off.
Make sure to put the time and effort in to learning how to do it correctly. In a poker dealer school, you would go over this for hours in a row until you have it down. Cutting chips correctly gives dealers a much better chance of getting hired in an audition.