Cash plays –
1. A rule that states that players are not required to buy chips; that bills of a certain denomination will play.
2. A statement made by the dealer indicating that a player is buying in and will be allowed to play until their chips arrive.
In some poker games, bills of certain denominations will be allowed to play, while in other games it may be required that they
be converted into chips. Sometimes it is a club policy to either allow or disallow cash to play in all games. More commonly, cash
is only allowed in middle and/or high limit games. Often, the only form of cash allowed in these games is hundred dollar bills. The
“chips only” rule for smaller games, and the “no small bills” rule for bigger games are there for efficiency reasons.
Sometimes, in a game where cash does not play, chips may not be immediately available when a player tries to purchase them. This is
because it may take a few hands for the chip runner
to arrive with fresh chips. When this happens, the dealer will announce that “cash plays.” This means that the player who is purchasing
chips will be dealt in until the chip runner arrives. This declaration is intended to clear up in advance any confusion over when or
how much the player is buying in for. Typically, once the cash is announced it is allowed to play. Until the chips arrive, the dealer
will keep track of the bets the player owes by placing an equivalent stack of chips (from the pot) in front of the player without chips.
When the chips arrive, the player will be required to match this stack and pay out any owed bets.
Usage: Does Cash Play Here?
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