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In a live poker tournament, the opponent asks how many chips I have left to. Do I have to count my chips and answer his question? Is it poker etiquette to answer the question? Is it OK to just show the chips and not count?

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You do not ever have to count or tell you opponent your stack size. You will have to move your hands/arms out of the way so that your opponent can see your stack size, though.

It's the dealer's job to tell your opponent how many chips you have if your opponent asks.

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Thanks. In the tournament I played, it was free to enter, and there is no dealer. The players take turns in dealing the cards. Do you still think I don't have to tell? –  Mew Dec 6 '12 at 7:11
@Chris Yes. If the players are taking turns as dealer then I'd say the responsibility is theirs to count chips, but in all seriousness, it's good etiquette, and there really is no advantage/disadvantage to letting players know. If there is, it's minuscule. –  Toby Booth Dec 6 '12 at 15:37
To add to what Toby said, if the game is more friendly I think you should definitely just tell your opponent. –  Silversana Dec 6 '12 at 23:04
Also it is custom (and in most tournaments a rule) that you have to stack your chips in a way, that the highest value chips are visible and not hidden underneath or behind other chips. –  RoToRa Jun 17 '13 at 11:20

There is absolutely no need for you to tell your opponent anything about your chips. Your chips are for all to see and whatever questions your opponent might have about you chips and their value, they can clarify if by looking at your chips. Also, the dealer can shoulder the responsibility of informing this to the curious participant. If you have any more questions or doubts about the etiquette of a poker tournament, go HERE.

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