# What exactly happens when chip denominations are pulled in a tournament?

Let's say you're in a tournament and they are taking away the small denominations of chips. For example, if the blinds are 10,000 / 20,000 with a 2,000 ante and you still have chips worth 100.

While it is obvious what happens if you have exactly twenty chips worth 100 to be exchanged with a single 2000 worth chip, what happens if you have less than twenty 100 chips?

For example, what happens if you only have nineteen chips worth 100? Will the tournament replace those with a single 2000 worth chip, essentially overcompensating you by 100? Or would they completely take away all of your 100 chips and leave you with a loss of 1900?

How about when you have only a single 100 chip? Would they just take that away, leaving you with a loss of 100? What if that's the only chip you have left? Are you automatically eliminated since they're pulling all of the 100 chips? I understand that 100 chips at this level is very insignificant, but it just seems unfair that you are losing out on chips for essentially no reason other than convenience, or being eliminated. Someone may, theoretically, double through enough times with a single 100 chip and make a comeback.

I've never played poker in real life, so I have never ran in to this, but I am curious: what exactly happens in these situations?

BowlOfRed's answer is the strictly correct way this is done, but I've seen poker rooms where the convention is to give a new chip to any player with remaining odd lower-denomination chips. So, if they were coloring up to eliminate the $100 chips and replacing them with$500 chips, if you had between 1 and 4 odd $100 chips, you'd receive 1$500 chip to replace them.