Apparently the re-buy rules for poker night in america (PNIA) is you cannot be-buy for a total stack of over $20K.

Torelli added a $5K chip from his coat pocket that put him over by $657.

It just seemed odd to me that you would have a chip in you pocket.

If you are going to add chips to the stack when there is maximum rules it seems like you should have to tell the dealer and crew so they can have accurate chip counts.

PINA does not post rules that I see.

How should adding chips to your stack be handled?

  • I'm not really familiar with this show but I can tell you every casino makes their own decisions on this type of thing for cash. Perhaps it was just a mistake at the time, and they're not going to ask him to take chips off the table once they've played on I would imagine.
    – Grinch91
    Commented Jul 5, 2017 at 13:48

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How should adding chips to your stack be handled?

In accordance with whatever rules are in place at the room being played at. In the absence of stated rules, in accordance with whatever ruling is given by the dealer (or floorperson if necessary) when asked.

Additional comments:

Part of the issue here is making any rule enforceable. People often have extra chips on their person when buying into cash games and having to monitor whether someone has added chips to their stack and additionally whether this takes them over the maximum buyin for a game is not trivial. It might be easier to enforce in an environment like a game being filmed for TV, as checks could be performed periodically to ensure the max buyin rules are not being broken, made easier by the fact they are tracking stack sizes and bet sizes anyway.

In practical terms, I've never had a problem adding chips to my stack in live cash games in Europe and the US, but I always make sure to not exceed the maximum buyin when I do this. I'm sure if I was playing a $300 max game and pulled a handful of black chips out of my pocket, someone would challenge it. But if I'm adding some red or green to a stack which still appears to be equal to or less than the table max, I think people just let it slide.

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