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Estimating the amount of a chip stack in poker - Thu Aug 21, 2014, 11:09 AM
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Professional poker players: when you're trying estimate the amount of a chip stack in poker, does it get easier to do so with practice? Do you stack your in 20s, 30s or 40s? How do you estimate the chip stack of a player who is at sitting at the opposite end of the table if you're near-sighted?
 
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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 11:41 AM
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The more you play live poker with chips the easier it becomes, in live play the bigger chips have to be at the front of you stack (standard rules). After that most player will stack chips in stacks of 20, and mega stacks of 40 if they have a lot of chips and want more space on the table.

Most casino will have the following chips on a cash game
Chip size..../ stack of 20 =
$1. = $20
$5. = $100
$25. = $500
$100. = $2000

If they are stacked in 20's its easy to count the chips that are stacked and you should be able to guess the odd change that does not make a completed stack.

If you unsure you can ask the player for a count, he does not have to tell you, but if you ask the dealer to count it they should. Always best to ask the player first as the dealers work hard as it is and the player often has a good idea with out counting them
 
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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 11:44 AM
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The player should not say a word if someone asks. All they should do is to let the other player look at their stack. That's it.. don't say a word.

The only time a dealer will count a stack is IF the player is all-in. It's up to you to count the other player's stack (or get a rough estimate), if they are not all-in.

The dealer is not allowed to count a player's stack that is not all-in.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 12:01 PM
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I guess it depends what stakes your playing. If you are buyin in for more then £100 then I would fully agree with the last post but if its a smaller stakes game you can expect to find alot of newer players that play in a more friendly manner.

It is also common to ask a player his stack size/amount if someone is looking for live tell which is why it is a good idea to not reply if playing vs good players, in this case just make sure you bigger chips are clear to see and your not holding chips in you hand. If your stacks are in 20's players should not ask you very often.

If you are playing live vs me and I ask you stack size it normally means im thinking about calling your bet with a draw or about betting to get you off your hand, so someone asking could also be a tell that they are giving off
 
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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 12:20 PM
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any bigger chips must be in front and in clear view at all times.

The stakes played have absolutely nothing to do with it. The same rules apply.

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