Whoever Invented Chips Was a Genius

word type: poker slang

  1. The full saying goes, "Whoever invented gambling was smart, whoever invented chips was a genius."

What's the Sig?

One of the principle aspects of poker playing and gambling revolves around the gambler's ability to embrace a disregard for money. Poker chips help blur the line between monetary reality and abstraction. That is the essence of the expression:

Sure, the person who figured out the way to play these games was really smart, but the person who envisioned the way to allow people to ignore the value of money was even smarter!