So you have seen the poker masters dazzling the viewers with their finest chip tricks. You tried a thousand times at home to do the tricks, but it seemed unmanageable. Don’t lose your heart. The poker chip tricks are not as difficult as they appear. You just need to understand the basics of the chip tricks and then, slowly, by practicing, you will yourself one day marvel at doing the tricks. So get, set and go. Here we will be learning some simple or beginners tricks which are easy to learn and showcase. Once you know that you’ve got a good grip on the subject, try it out at parties and leave the viewers baffled.
Poker Chip Tricks: What They Are
The first thing you need to realize that chip tricks are not ‘magic’; they are just a way of manipulating casino chips. Just like bartenders do fire breathing, the casino dealers play tricks with the chips. It is nothing but a pure form of recreation. While the players are getting started for a new session or a session-break is on, chip tricks are being played out.
The most popular chip tricks
* Butterfly: It’s a way of dividing 4 chips between five fingers, in even way i.e. there has to be one chip between every two fingers. The person playing this trick first holds a stack of 4 chips between fingers and then smoothly spreads them out between the five fingers.
* Flip: This is another interesting chip trick where a stack of chips are flipped in a way that the front chip goes to the back. The biggest challenge of this trick is to maintain the balance for other chips when you are bringing the front chip to the back as this is an one hand trick. Often the other chips fall from hand messing up the order. But again, remember the saying “practice makes a man perfect.”
* Twirl: In this trick, the player holds a stack of three chips in one hand. The trick lies in pushing the middle chip out from the stack, twirling it and then putting it back between the two chips.
* Knuckle Roll: Considered to be one of the toughest tricks, Knuckle Roll is about dealing with a single chip. At first, the chip is hold between the index and thumb then it covers the hand and goes to the other side passing between fingers. The chip is flipped every time to cross a finger.
* Riffle or Shuffling Chips: This is one of the most common and easy chip tricks where two stacks of chips (5 to 10 chips) are mixed in a way that the combined stack looks like a zipper. Normally, the two stacks in Riffle or Shuffling are formed with two different colored chips.
* Around the Clock: Another touch trick, Around the Clock bears similarities with twirl. A chip is flipped through fingers until it is back to its initial position. This trick includes a lot of twirling, rolling and spinning of the chip.