Understand How to Play Craps – Tricks and Schemes: Casino Chips or Cheques?

Casino staff normally refer to chips as "cheques," which is of French origin. Technically, there is a difference between a chip and a cheque. A cheque is a chip with a denomination written on it and is always worth the amount of the written denomination. Chips, however, do not have denominations printed on them and any color can be worth any cash amount as defined by the dealer. For instance, in a poker tournament, the dealer might value white chips as $1 and blue chips as $10; whereas, in a roulette game, the house might define white chips as twenty-five cents and blue chips as $2. Another instance, the inexpensive red, white, and blue plastic chips you purchase at Target for your weekly poker game are known as "chips" due to the fact that they don’t have values imprinted on them.

When you plop your $$$$$ down on the table and hear the croupier say, "Cheque change only," he is just advising the boxman that a new player wants to exchange cash for chips (cheques), and that the money on the craps table isn’t part of the action. $$$$$ plays in a majority of betting houses, so if you place a 5 dollar bill on the Pass Line just prior to the hurler rolling the dice and the croupier does not exchange your $$$$$ for chips, your money is "part of the action." When the dealer announces, "Cheque change only," the boxman knows that your money isn’t in play.

In reality, in live craps rounds, we gamble with cheques, and not chips. Every now and then, a gambler will approach the table, put down a $100 cheque, and tell the croupier, "Cheque change." It is entertaining to act like a beginner and say to the dealer, "Hey, I am new to this game, what is a cheque?" Frequently, their comical answers will entertain you.

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