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Cutting down chips correctly is an essential skill for a croupier. It looks easy to do but trust that it takes a LOT of practice to to it really slick and smooth and to find 5's and 4's every time with ease. It doesn't look that hard, but if you try do it you'd probably struggle to get it right without a good few tries.
Cutting down chips in games in a casino is important for the croupier to provide clarity to themselves, the customer, the inspector and the cameras that the correct amount of chips are being issued.
With the exception of the #25 chips (ponys), all chips are cut into blocks of five.
Ponys are cut into block of 4 so that each stack is #100.
You may think as a player you dont need to know anything about cutting down chips but I can vouch that learning the techniques helps you a lot when counting and working with your own chips stack in live games in the casino.