Hard count

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Hard count is one process for counting coins in a casino or bank. The hard count rooms are usually among the most secure places due to the large amounts of cash that can be on hand at any one time.[1][2]

Typically, coins are not counted on a piece basis. Instead, they are separated by denomination into containers and weighed using large scales. Each scale is programmed so that it can automatically derive the value of the container's contents from its weight. An exception to this is in casinos, where high denomination casino tokens (for example, $25 and above) may be counted by hand.

The opposite of hard count is soft count in which banknotes are counted.


  1. ^ Affairs, United States Congress Senate Select Committee on Indian (1992). Implementation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 374. ISBN 978-0-16-039368-6.
  2. ^ "What Goes on in a Soft and Hard Count Room in a Casino". www.betfirm.com. Retrieved 2022-12-29.