What is Capping?
Capping or “Capping a bet” is a term used to describe the act of adding more chips to a game when the outcome of the game is already known to the player. This allows the player to increase the amount of their win, even though the player’s original bet may have been low. Capping is illegal and casinos will not only remove anyone they believe to have been “capping” and ban them from the establishment but also notify the relevant gaming commission authorities. In serious cases, the police authorities are also notified and the player caught capping can be charged with illegal gambling.
Capping occurs in physical gambling establishments, rather than on online gaming websites, due to the nature of the act. Capping a bet requires a player to perform what if often referred to as a “sleight of hand” – something which cannot be done online.
When “Capping a bet” a player will add one or more chips – which are usually of high value – to the bet after the caller has called “No more bets” and the winning hand has been shown. The illegal act of capping is most commonly premeditated, with players keeping a chip of high value ready in their hand or sometimes hidden under their cards.
Capping is not a recommended or easy form of cheating for a player to pursue. The player must attempt to conceal their chip or chips from the dealer, the other players and any security guards or cameras within the casino. The police, Gambling Authorities and casino establishments alike treat capping as theft. In the case where the player is discovered to have capped a bet and walked away with a substantial amount of illegally attained winnings, they must pay the casino back all of the money, as well as facing criminal charges.