What Is Chip Dumping In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023

What Is Chip Dumping In Poker

Chip dumping in poker refers to intentionally losing chips to transfer those chips to another player’s stack.

The act of chip dumping can be done in various ways, such as by making blatantly bad or irrational plays or simply by folding every hand until one player is left at the table.

Chip dumping is considered cheating in most poker games because it violates the fundamental principles of fair play and compromises the integrity of the game by undermining its competitive dynamic.

Furthermore, chip dumping is seen as a way to collude with other players and gain an unfair advantage.

Because of this, chip dumping is illegal in many jurisdictions and can result in severe penalties, including fines, loss of winnings, and even criminal charges. As such, just like with ghosting or using RTA, you must avoid engaging in this activity and also report any suspicious behavior at your table to the online poker site you are playing.

Poker Chip Dumping Example:

Let’s say you are playing in a Texas Holdem tournament, and two of your opponents are constantly engaging in pots where the player with the higher stack invests a lot of chips and folds before the hand reaches showdown to transfer chips to the short stack player.

For example, let’s assume you are playing in the final stage of the tournament and are already three-handed at 1000/2000 blinds with the following stacks:

  • You on the BTN – 10,000
  • The player in the SB – 5,000
  • The player in the BB – 25,000

You decide to open the pot by raising it to 500 from the button, and both players call. The flop comes with A T 3, and both blinds check, so you decide to c-bet for 700. The small blind calls your bet and the big blind raises to 3,000, forcing you to fold your hand. SB moves all in by jamming all of his chips, and BB folds his hand.

In this situation, there are already 9,700 in the pot, and the BB only needs to call an extra 1,500. There is virtually no hand he can mathematically fold here because of the great pot odds, so if he decides to lay it down, this looks very suspicious. Situations such as this one can be interpreted as chimp dumping.

This is a very simplified example, and aside from chip dumping, the player in question can simply be a fish and not know what he is doing. For this reason, it is essential that you are confident that something suspicious is going on before you alert the floor manager or the poker site if you are playing online.

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