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On point: A trivial anecdote about not getting impaled by sharp objects

October 27, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 27, 2014

One recent evening, I was playing — and playing well — in a World Tavern Poker tournament in a billiards and sports bar called Buck’s. This establishment is located in southwest Raleigh, except maybe, as it turns out, it’s actually just across the border in Cary, North Carolina. When I disclosed my confusion about this point to a friend, she suggested that we just think of Buck’s as being in a place she called Careigh.

Done and done.

Anyway, it was break time for the early tournament at Buck’s. In North Carolina, break takes place after the first four blind levels: 100-200, 200-400, 300-600 and 500-1,000.

Break lasts a few minutes — five or so in a small tournament with a director who is on top of things, 15 or 20 in a game with a lot of players and/or a game with a tournament director who enjoys chatting or stepping outside for a cigarette.

There’s also vital business to be conducted during the break, mainly by the director and his or her assistants. First, players count and stack their low-denomination chips — reds and greens, which respectively are designated as having 100 and 500 nominal units of value. Then the director and the aides travel from table to table, distributing the equivalent amount of high-denomination chips — blacks and grays, respectively worth 1,000 and 5,000 units.

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