Chip Race Examples
Example 1: All $5 chips are being removed from the a tournament. The next-highest denomination is a $25 chip. After coloring up, four players have varying leftover $5 chips. Adam has 3, Ben has 2, Carson has 4, and Dave has 1. The chips add up evenly so that two $25 chips will be given out. After dealing, the players have...
Ben wins the first chip with an ace, nine. Carson wins the second chip with an ace, four. Even though Dave has the ace of spades, the rank is not considered because there is not a tie. If Dave had an ace-four-three-two also, then the rank of suits would have been used. Adam wins nothing despite having an amazing three card poker hand. This is because pairs, straights, and flushes mean nothing in a chip race.
Example 2: All $100 chips are being removed. The next-highest denomination is a $500 chip. After coloring up, three players have nine leftover $100 chips. Adam has 3, Ben has 3, and Carson has 3. The dealer rounds up to determine that two $500 chips will be given out. The dealer gives the players...
Carson wins the first chip with a king. Adam and Ben are tied with the same hand though. Adam wins the second chip because his highest ranked card is the queen of spades.
Example 3: Same as above, except Adam has 4, Ben has 4, and Carson has 3. Since $1100 in $500 chips cannot be given out, the dealer rounds up to $1500, or three $500 chips. Since three chips are going to be given out to three players, the race is not necessary since each player can only receive one chip at most. Each player is given one $500 chip.