Really?

It’s not like me to complain about doing my “job” but quite a bit lately I’ve come across this time wasting, common sense problem during tournaments. If someone throws in a bigger chip for a call we have to make change, it’s our job, we prefer it to you doing some back alley deal with your neighbor that doesn’t know how to count 4 green chips and 4 black ones for a purple chip. Like I said its my job, I’m quicker and prefer it.
Now what I’m talking about is this latest trend in accumulating the smallest denomination chips for some reason. This means that players are throwing in bigger chips when they have an ample amount of change to throw in the correct bet, I’m assuming just to get the smaller denominations as change to accumulate them(even though they will be raced off next level). It has gotten ridiculous lately. Last night was. One of the most idiotic ones. Blinds are $300-600 it ends up being like $3000(3 yellow) chips in the pot. Heads up on the flop, player one tosses out a yellow chip and says $700, player 2 calls, with a yellow chip. No change in the pot. Typically this is my job to get one of the chips and ask another player for change to give to the other players. Not this time though, as both players had tons of black and green chips to: A. Throw out the correct bet, and B. Call said bet with correct change. I just put my head down and shook it, paused, looked at both players and tossed their yellow chips back and ask BOTH of them for the correct bet.
This isn’t a one time problem, every single tourney down people throw in bigger chips to get change even though they have correct change. I’m fine with it if there is abundant change in the pot already. Just know this, if you throw in a bigger chip, and you have the correct change AND there isn’t enough change in the pot I will throw your chip(s) back at you and ask for correct change.
Occasionally you’re busy and don’t pay attention to change in the pot, just try and take a peek. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there aren’t enough small chips in the pot, just throw in the correct change.
A bigger stack of $25 or $100 chips doesn’t make you more of a man, doing the right thing does and it speeds up the hands, which all players appreciate.

6 thoughts on “Really?

  • September 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    They only want the smaller denomination chips so it makes it look like they have a bigger stack than what they really do have. Have seen it a lot, then they take a picture to show there friends how much they have.

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  • September 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm
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    PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is that what makes a man ,mr lebowski??? throwing in a yellow chip?? that and a pair of testicles. my X in florida had a michael douglas/Falling Down moment like that .when she was dealing a tourney 1 time. same situation BUT she just stopped the game and when mini postal on this dude about y r u using a 5k chip when the blinds r 250/500 and u have X amount of 100 chips.funny shit

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  • October 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm
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    From a cash player perspective, I sometimes throw in a large chip in the blinds even if I have smaller chips behind. I do this so that I’ll have smaller denominations to bet post flop. Say I want to bet $14 post flop, I hate throwing in $15 worth of chips and having to verbally say “Fourteen dollars”. I’d just rather have four ones to throw in and skip the verbal stuff.

    In the example above, it makes no sense though. If they’re not betting specific amounts post flop, there’s really no point in having smaller denominations.

    It’s good that players are stupid and make no sense though. That’s why the games are profitable 😉 Fish do things that make no Earthly sense.

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    • October 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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      Cash game it’s not a big deal either but this is tournaments. Happening a lot lately

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  • November 26, 2014 at 6:53 am
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    Still miss the WSOP guy who could not remember which denomination goes with which UNNUMBERED chip & announces “I’ll raise ya four Yellows and six Reds.” Ahhh TV time.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 11:13 am
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    We had one guy doing this last Friday but the funniest part was that in the middle of a randon hand, he would bet like 850 (we were in like level 2 or 2) on the turn by putting out 2 handfuls of 25 chips (34 of them in which the dealer would then have to break down and count). If he lost the pot, he would start trying to get change from those around him to try and accumulate more 25s.

    Our Friday tourney has 20 minute levels and after 3 levels I went and talked to the tourney director about the table. I mean, the stuff above is one thing, but after those 3 levels, we had only played 19 hands!!!!! The 25 chip guy and another guy were tanking every decision or had to be reminded that the action was on them. Hair pulling scenario for me. ;(

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