Originally Posted by NoWuckingFurries
Yes sorry I didn't make myself clear, I meant in the televised tournaments that I have seen it seems to be quite common to ask how big your opponent's chipstack is, or how much is in the pot.
All good. You're certainly entitled to know the size of your opponent's stack, and the dealer will count that if the player won't tell you. It's considered essential information to the game, and you can't get it confirmed any other way.
The size of the pot, however, is something you're given all the information for as the hand unfolds (the dealer announces each call and each bet or raise amount) so they expect you to track it yourself.
It's entirely possible that TV tables have a different rule on that, BTW: there's usually an announcer calling all the action for the audience and/or people away from the table tracking every pot, so it's possible they can get the answer quickly without having to physically count the chips in the pot.