What is Chipping?
Chipping, or chipping up, is a casino term which commonly appears in poker and which is also used in blackjack, roulette and craps. It refers to a player who is gradually building up their stack through slow and steady play, and is also sometimes heard as ‘chipping away’ or grinding. ‘Chipping up’ can also apply to a casino dealer, and refers to the act of quickly collecting up the lost chips from the table when the bet has played out.
Not all big casino wins happen with a single bet. Some players will achieve their final haul of chips by ‘grinding’ away at the table and picking up smaller wins over time. If a player does this, they are often described as ‘chipping’ or ‘chipping up’, which simply means they are growing their stack of chips slowly and consistently. This can be a good strategy for a persistent player, especially one who plays a tight game and avoids any weak hands they draw.
If a dealer is referred to as ‘chipping up’, this tends to mean that they are using a palming technique to gather chips from the table quickly after a bet has played and chips have been lost. Casino dealers are often judged on their chipping abilities, as speed between rounds ensure more games can be played – and the table can take more money.
Some players also call the process of exchanging chip values ‘chipping up’. This is done when a player has received a large stack of minimum value chips, perhaps from a singles roulette bet. They can opt to change some of these for a higher value – for example, ten $1 chips for a $10 chip. This also allows the player to make higher value bets without counting and checking a large stack.