You now know better than anyone, winning poker is also a story of attitude. If playing on the psychology of players you have in front of you can help you win, we will show you here some tricks to make “Chip Tricks” worthy of the greatest players.
What is a poker chip trick?
To impress your opponents around the green carpet, you can choose to dress up as your favorite players, but you can also learn some chip tricks. The “chip tricks” is the term that refers to the fact of making figures with his chips.
They saw their popularity climb with the ever-increasing notoriety of the World Poker Tour, as many professional poker players had fun doing tricks on television. Some players like Antonio Esfandiari have helped to popularize this original practice. Esfandiari is particularly talented at chip tricks thanks to his past magician who led him to develop an extraordinary dexterity.
Although poker novices love chip tricks because they are fun to do, they can also sometimes give you an advantage during a poker game. Indeed, they can give the impression to the opponents that you are an experienced player.
The Chip Bounce
For this figure, it is necessary to bounce the token on the felt and make it fall on your stack of chips. It is less focused on technique and more on practice. Just continue to practice the bounce of the token and get an idea of the direction and height of the one. The key is to find the ideal angle to hit the table – it must be very small and any deviation so small that it will miss the stack token.
The Front To Back
Here, you hold a small pile of chips in your hand and move it from front to back repeatedly.
Start with four tokens. You can do this trick with two or more chips, but it’s easier to do it with around 3 to 5 chips in your hand.
- Hold them with all your fingers except your little finger.
- Assuming you are using your right hand, push your thumb against the leftmost token and pull it up.
- Once he is in the air, move him behind the other chips and push him down. You must hold the other chips sufficiently so that they do not move.
That’s why you’ll want to do it with a lot of chips – because it’s easier to grab a stack of chips and keep them from being pushed by the movement of your fingers. Your little finger is on the bottom of the stack of chips and holds them while your other fingers move them. This is one of the easiest figures to do and it quickly becomes natural once you have learned the trick.
The Chip Shuffle
This expression refers to the act of taking two stacks of chips and using your fingers to merge them into one big pile.
- You can start with 6-8 chips, to have two stacks of 3 to 4 chips that are positioned next to each other.
- Your thumb goes to the lower left side of the left stack. Your index finger must pass between the two stacks and touch the chips where they meet. Your middle finger and ring finger go to the right side of the right coin stack. Most people do not use a finger.
- To start the shuffle chip, you gently push both batteries while lifting with your middle finger and pulling the two batteries at the same time. It is best to have two stacks of tokens of two different colors in order to easily see how successful the mix is. It will also be the most beautiful effect by offering a single striped pile.
Another important information is that it is easier to perform this trick on a soft and sticky surface (like a poker table) because the texture helps to lift the chips at the beginning of the figure, and this is the hardest part. of this trick.
The Chip Roll
For this round, you roll the chips on the poker table from one hand to the other.
- You can start training with 3 to 5 chips. The back of your hand can be on the table (or a few inches above it) and your hand should be tilted so that the chips roll on the table instead of being dropped.
- You should hold the chips held your thumb and your index finger.
- Your other fingers must be in front of and below the tokens so that when they are dropped, they roll on the fingers and on the table. Remember to slowly drop each token.
The Twirl Chip
With the swirl of the token, you hold a stack of exactly 3 chips by their edges using all your fingers except the youngest.
- Your ring finger holds the chips down to keep them up.
- Use your thumb and forefinger to lift only the two outside tokens while leaving the middle token in position. To do this, you can “lower” the middle token at the same time as you lift both out.
- Once the chips are separated, you can use the middle finger or the ring finger to rotate the token from the bottom of 180 degrees while balancing it on your little pinkie which serves as the axis for the rotation.
- When the bottom token is completely flipped, slide the two outside tokens down around the middle chip.
The trickiest part of the trick is to rotate the token once you have separated it from the other two.
This trick seems more sophisticated than the “knuckle roll” but it is actually a little easier.
The Knuckle Roll
Here you use your fingers to roll a chip on the top of your knuckles.
- You start with the token between your thumb and your index finger.
- Slide the token with your thumb, and at the same time, push your index finger down and your middle finger up to prepare you to grab the token.
- Next, drag the token into the space between your index finger and middle finger.
When the token is partially inserted, you can push it by lowering your middle finger and raising your index finger.
- Then, just repeat the process for the next fingers until the token reaches the end (between your ring finger and your little finger).
With more training, you can do it in reverse and make the chip return to its original location. If you get really good, then you can try to make two chips at a time, but not many people get there.
The Finger Stretching Butterfly
Of all the chip tricks that can be made, the butterfly is among the most difficult to master. If you have small hands, you may have more difficulty learning it because of the stretch required by the fingers.
- For starters, you need four tokens. Hold the four tokens between the ring finger and the index finger perpendicularly.
- The backs of the chips must be supported by the middle finger. Your grip should be similar to thumb flip.
- With the fingertips, the chips should be comfortably located about 1 or 2 cm.
- Start loosening two of the tokens that are near the palm using your thumb.
- When both tokens are raised, roll them toward the index finger. Almost simultaneously, move your ring finger and use it to pull the other two chips in the opposite direction.
- Then move your little finger up to the index finger. As your ring finger recedes, the little finger becomes high enough to be in contact with the tokens held by the index finger and the ring finger.
- The middle and the index finger will be used to support the two tokens as they move in the position at the level of the little finger and the ring finger.
- Make sure you have a very strong hold with each finger, especially the ring finger, because it has the weakest grip. The index is then released leaving the other two chips together with the thumb.
- Thus, the little finger and the ring finger hold two tokens, and the other two tokens are between the thumb and the index finger.
- Now, bend your middle finger towards the palm. Let him pass the chips, then move these two groups of chips. The middle finger should be positioned so that both sets are in contact.
- Put pressure on the chips using your middle finger.
- Shoot the highest token with your thumb. The lowest token must be pulled by the little finger.
- As the little finger and thumb move with one token each, let the middle finger come back from the palm with the last two tokens rolling over the ring and index finger.
- This is the moment when the four hollows of the fingers of the hand all have a stuck token. Then simply reverse the actions to bring the four chips back to their starting point.