Poker Chip Tricks
Every live cash game and tournament has the background noise of a poker chip tricks. Many players are riffling them their own way, not actually a performing trick as such. Poker chip tricks are the hallmark of an experienced player, however, is this the right table image you want to project? Whilst performing poker chip tricks at the table is fun and gives you something to do at the table, consider the impression you give your opponents.
The Chip Roll
This is the rolling of chips from one hand to the other. It looks great, seeing the chips rolling but takes time to master.
Difficulty Rating – 7
The Knuckle Roll
#This poker chip trick requires the player to flip the chip across each knuckle on their hand with finesse. The quicker and smoother you can achieve this, the better it looks!
Difficulty Rating – 5
The most common of poker chip tricks, otherwise known as the “shuffle”. This is probably one of the easiest tricks to master but you still see ½ of players doing it wrong. All you need is your stronger hand and two stacks of chips and riffle them with 1 on each side riffling upwards. It is a pretty sight if you have two stacks of different colours!
Difficulty Rating – 4
The Chip Twirl
My personal favourite. The chip twirl is where you have 3 chips, separate the middle take it out, twirl it and slide back in. This requires some great finger work but is a lot of fun and looks awesome too.
Difficulty Rating – 7
Anti-Gravity Chip Trick
What trick is better than defying gravity? This trick is an eye catching illusion. I never performed it myself, but my gosh it looks awesome. I remember seeing this for the first time and being left open mouthed.
Difficulty Rating – 9
Poker chip tricks are brilliant. They make the game go quicker, they look cool and they make you demand respect by saying “I know what I am doing”. The only problem with poker chip tricks is the table image you give.
As a youngster, I wanted respect and fear from my opponents, as I have gotten older, I realise it is of no value to me from an ROI stance. I prefer to be the player thought of as bad to get action and increase my win rate than an expert who people want to avoid all the time. Have fun with the tricks but remember the impact on your image too.