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Joined: 05 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: money at the table Reply with quote

When playing live poker I know there are lots of rules on money at the table. Would someone please clarify a few of these?

When can you add money to your stack and how?

When can you take money away from the table - not everything, just say you are winning and want to take some of your stack out of play, or give some to your spouse?

Is there anytime money can be exchanged between players?

What is the "rack rule"?

Are rules different for limit and no limit tables?

Any other rules we newbies should be aware of?
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Joined: 05 Jan 2006
Posts: 29
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) You should be able to add money or chips to the table at any time, but that money won't play until the next hand. You can not add money in the middle of a hand you are in. Also, casinos vary on if cash plays or not. Most casinos cash does not play, some with higher limits it does.
2) You can never take money or chips off the table until you are done playing. Even if you are winning money, you must leave all chips in play. Even if you take a break for an hour and go get food or whatever, you must leave all chips on the table.
3) Money can never be exchanged between players. All money on the table of a player must stay in front of that player. A player could get change from another player usually, but one player can not give or take chips from another player atthe table. Unless the money is not in play (ie. they take cash out of their pocket and give it to you).
4) Your chips will be given to you in racks if it is from the cashier. This rule will depend on the casino, but I think most casinos will not let you play chips out of a rack. Most casinos will not allow you to have a rack on the table. You must take your chips out of the rack. When you are done playing, you can start racking your chips up before you leave and usually play a few hands with your chips in racks if you are waiting for the BB to get to you before you leave, but that is usually the only exception. It is also sometimes common courtesy to place your rack on the edge of the table to let others know you are planning on leaving the table.

Now, some dealers and casinos stress these rules more than others. Some dealers let people get away with some stuff that they shouldn't.
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Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great advice norsh, whereas I had a fair idea about the ruling of chips I wasn't 100% sure on all accounts, especially the 4th one.

I know that some are more laid back, over here although you can't play cash and so forth, there are frequently racks on the table and people "topping up" their stacks whenever they feel like it. Doesn't seem quite right, but it's fairly harmless as they can't play it until the next hand.
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