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How to Deal Poker: How to Maintain Your Bank (1 of 2)

In this video, you learn how to maintain and organize a poker bank like you would learn in a poker dealer school. This is part 1 of 2. Below are the concepts discussed in the video.

Other acceptable terms for a poker bank are well, tray, and rack.

Each vertical row in the bank containing chips is called a tube.

The casino standard is to keep the chips in full stacks of 20. Every full stack has a clear spacer on top of it to both separate it from the other stacks as well as to indicate that it is a full stack. This organization makes it so that the banks can be easily understood, used, and counted by every dealer that sits at the table.

Larger denomination chips are closer to the center tubes of the tray. This is also for organization as well as game protection.

When using the bank, always work from the outside toward the inside when selling chips and when chips are the same distance from the center, usually sell the chips on the right side of the bank first.

Typically, you only want to have one denomination chip per tube. When forced into more than one denomination chips per tube, place the larger denomination at the bottom of the tube and separate it from the smaller denomination with two clear spacers (A.K.A. lammers) to make it more clear to surveillance that there are multiple colors in there. Also, if you have the choice of two tubes to put the larger denomination chips under that are the same distance from the center, the standard is to put them under the tube on the left.

When you have chips in odd amounts that are not in multiples of 20, you must create short stacks. You want exactly one short stack per denomination and when you have two choices of location to put them that are the same distance from the center of the rack, you usually put the short stack on the right side of the tray. Short stacks get spaced off in the same increments that are used when you cut chips. For instance, if you had a short stack of 17 red chips, you would have it go [5 chips] spacer [5 chips] spacer [5 chips] spacer [2 chips] no spacer on top. Only completed segments of short stacks are capped with spacers.

To organize cash at tables that do not use money drop slots, keep the cash folded in half in the empty card slot in the tray. Always keep the larger denominations on the inside for game protection and consistency.