I have always had problems with physical chip management in live games. Online, it’s obviously easy, but live poker presents a few challenges.
For example, I like to size my bets with an extra chip on top; if I wanted to make the bet around $3K I would make it $3,100. I have always found that this works well, even though you would think it would be irrelevant, it has a psychological effect on many opponents that benefits me. I was initially turned onto this idea in a poker book, and it’s so common now that I have no idea who first came up with this – maybe Mike Caro?
However, I often find myself at the table with no $100 chips; usually this is because of antes. I try to keep one $100 chip back, but dealers hate it when I make them change a $500 chip when I have perfectly good $100 chip right in front of me.
Additionally, I’m often times thinking about so many things that I forget to leave that extra $100 or $25 chip in my stack and find it gone when I want to raise or bet.
Now I can just as easily throw out $3,500 or $4K and verbalize $3,100 – but that doesn’t have the same effect – in fact it has the opposite effect.
I was just curious if anyone else has had this issue and what they have done to mitigate it!