What are ‘Case Chips’?
‘Case Chips’ Explained
A case chip is similar to a case card. A case card is the last remaining card of any given type left in the deck when the other three have been played. Case chips are simply the final few chips that a player has remaining.
An example in which the term case chips would be used is as follows:
John: “Why didn’t you raise the bet?”
Mike: “I couldn’t. I was right down to my case chips.”
Players who are down to their case chips can sometimes exhibit strange betting behaviours or questionable tactics, which sometimes can result in the player losing all of their chips. For example, if a player has been experiencing a bad losing streak and is playing poorly because of it (known as being on tilt), they can make irrational decisions and end up losing their last few chips.
Other times, the player has come to terms with the fact that they have reached their case chips, and simply go all-in just before they decide to leave the game.
There are two ways to maintain a high amount of chips during poker gameplay. The first is to play it safe and, during each round of betting, not bet too many chips. Alternatively, if this is not the right gameplay strategy for you, the other way of ensuring that you have lots of chips is to take risks by betting a lot, hoping that others make identical bets and raises, win all of these chips back, and ultimately get the chance to cash out having made a financial gain.