How do I hide chips?
  • Anyone who has taken the time to stroll the boardwalk in Atlantic City has probably come across the occasional down-and-out individual asking for money. Until last week, I had not heard of them inside the casino.
    I was sitting at a blackjack table with my partner and doing quite well. Because I am a green and black chip player, I had accumulated about 5k in front of me. A guy standing behind me starts cheering me on. I am trying to be polite, but he is distracting my concentration from the game and my partners signals. Eventually, he tells me he is down on his luck and asks me for a black chip. I told him I had taken a beating the night before and really wasn’t doing that well. He tootled off.
    I don’t like leaving that much in chips exposed but a dealer caught me squirreling chips into my bag about a year ago.
    Does anyone have a method of hiding accumulate chips both from the public and the pit crew?
  • Since most pits watch the black and higher chips, it becomes difficult to pocket them without being noticed. If you want to keep them from the hungry eyes of a panhandler and do not care if the pit knows, that's easy, you just let them know you are doing what many ploppies do and putting the chips in your personal vault.

    Now, if you just wanted to rathole perhaps $100 hour, that is easy when you use green, but it is highly suspicious if they catch you. No one is really watching the green and everytime a new player comes in with chips, everytime someone colors up and everytime the dealer or pit are occupied with other things, there is an opportunity to throw a chip or two back. This is effective when you have a house you play at often and need to reduce your lifetime win to perhaps a loss. If you are making $50 per hour and throw back $100, you are now on their books as losing $50 per hour. But if caught, the big question is why would someone be pocketing green?

    ihate17
  • If you are playing table games it is perfectly legal to put chips in your pocket and not color them up when you are done. If you are at a table alone it will not do you any good because the pit and a lot of the time the dealers will know exactly what you one or lossed at the table but if there are other people at the table I will have no clue what you won or loss especially if you take chips of the table. If you have that many chips in front of you can always go to the cashiers cage to cash some of them out. That why if you have to buy more chips they see you putting more money into the drop box which the casino likes and they will reward you for that.
  • learningtocount said:
    If you are playing table games it is perfectly legal to put chips in your pocket and not color them up when you are done. If you are at a table alone it will not do you any good because the pit and a lot of the time the dealers will know exactly what you one or lossed at the table but if there are other people at the table I will have no clue what you won or loss especially if you take chips of the table. If you have that many chips in front of you can always go to the cashiers cage to cash some of them out. That why if you have to buy more chips they see you putting more money into the drop box which the casino likes and they will reward you for that.


    Many of us have casinos that we go to often. We would be using a players card there and getting comps. These casinos may be weak when it comes to catching a counter, or perhaps they think that you are a weak counter and are losing, or perhaps they have a tolerance level which is higher than your bet spread.
    One thing you can be sure of is that a person who plays often and is a lifetime winner at the casino is a person the casino has no use for and will be backed off. So the purpose of hiding chips and making sure the suits and the dealer do not notice is to reduce your lifetime win. You should know what you are averaging and as long as you pocket more than what you make per hour you turn a lifetime win in the casinos computer into a lifetime loss.

    Again, pocketing black chips may be legal but since they are tracked by the pit they will not help you achieve your goal of reducing your win.

    ihate17
  • ihate17 -
    My sister and I have done really well with comps. We feel that if the casino finds out that we are consistently winning, they, as you suggest, will either cut us off or back us off.

    LTC -
    About a year ago, I was squirreling black chips into my bag at a full table. I had quietly and discreetly put about 20 into my bag and thought it was going unnoticed. At the end of a shoe, I got up to leave and the dealer said “I want those chips back.” Knowing I was caught. I put about a dozen on the table. The dealer asked “how about the rest.” By now, the pit boss came over. He said “we need the rest of the chips.” I was both nervous and scared so I just said I was going to get something to eat and that I would be back. They seemed satisfied with that. They colored my chips and I left, but had never tried to hide chips since.
  • Dol Bil Tink said:
    ihate17 -
    My sister and I have done really well with comps. We feel that if the casino finds out that we are consistently winning, they, as you suggest, will either cut us off or back us off.

    LTC -
    About a year ago, I was squirreling black chips into my bag at a full table. I had quietly and discreetly put about 20 into my bag and thought it was going unnoticed. At the end of a shoe, I got up to leave and the dealer said “I want those chips back.” Knowing I was caught. I put about a dozen on the table. The dealer asked “how about the rest.” By now, the pit boss came over. He said “we need the rest of the chips.” I was both nervous and scared so I just said I was going to get something to eat and that I would be back. They seemed satisfied with that. They colored my chips and I left, but had never tried to hide chips since.


    If you owned the casino you would take a photo of the lucky slots player who hits a giant jackpot and use it to promote your business. The cardcounter is a person who wins not based on pure luck but based on being skillfull enough to beat you on your game. You also take a photo of him and tell your people not to let him play.

    The reason the pit seemed satisfied with your telling them that you will be back to change the rest of your black is that they can not force you to color them up. Still they probably credited you for more chips than were actually in your bag.
    ihate17

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