At the poker table, you ARE playing with cash.
The avatar picture of me, that's about $75,000 of FRN sitting in front of me - and it is real (unlike your thin-air "money").
The chips simply make it easier to manage the pot (and, for novices, abstract them to believe they are not playing with real money), and for pros, something to do tricks with their fingers while waiting for the play.
But it is cash, Steven.
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