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"Hey, short stack! This ain't a place you wanna be hanging 'round."
Chips Bettigan, Death Screen

Chips Bettigan is a mini boss that appears in the boss fight with King Dice when landing on Space 2. He appears in an oversized board that resembles a chips board.



Chips is a stack of blue, yellow, and red poker chips wearing a cowboy hat, and sporting yellow eyes and a red nose. The blue poker chips act as his "head"


Chips Bettigan is rowdy, charming, and never one to accept the idea that the odds are stacked against him.[1] He is a very persuasive being who seems to enjoy fighting, as evidenced by the shouting of "All Right!" and "Yeehaw!" He also enjoys talking tough, as evidenced by his death screen. Hitpoints = 450/575


Before his battle begins, King Dice stacks Chips Bettigan up piece by piece to send him into the fray.



Chips floats up and travels from one side to another by moving pieces of his body to damage the player. In Expert Mode, Chips attacks more rapidly and the chip stacks start moving with less delay.

In order to hurt Chips, you must shoot at his head (the blue poker chips). Shooting at any other part of his body will block most bullets. It is not recommended to try to attack Chips during his own attacks.

When Chips is defeated, he moans in pain, he loses his body (the yellow and red poker chips) as the chips fly away, his head drops and falls apart, and his hat fall like a leaf. His eyes are shown to be on separate chips and are crossed as he extends his tongue out.



  • Chips is seen with four blue poker chips during the battle, but an error during his death screen depicts him with six blue poker chips. This was presumably intentional, referencing the animation color errors in 1930's cartoons.
  • Chips Bettigan and Mr. Wheezy are the only King Dice mini bosses in the game that can be heard speaking, as Chips says "Alright!" and "Yeehaw!" after King Dice stacks him up and can also be heard while using his attack. He can also be heard yelling "Woo-hoo!" after reforming.
  • Chips Bettigan's death screen is a reference to the strict "No minors" policy in casinos (especially children), judging by the "short-stack" remark.
  • In the unused Simple Mode, he would just jump in place and never attack. He only have the default 100 health. In later version like 1.1.3, the Simple Mode differences have been removed and would play like Regular Mode instead.

Inspirations and similarites[]

  • Chips Bettigan's design and name are based on poker chips and are references to bets used in various gambling games, especially card games.
    • Chips Bettigan's Stetson-style hat, galloping motion and Southern accent are allusions to Texas hold 'em, a variation on poker.
  • This boss's attack pattern resembles the Yellow Devil and Big Pets from Mega Man games. The Yellow Devil's body breaks apart and recomposes into a new location trying to hit the player en route, while Big Pets is a column like robot that throws different sections of itself at the player.
  • His last name "Bettigan" could mean "Bet again".
    • His full name could also be a reference to this game's music composer, Kris Maddigan.


  1. The Art of Cuphead, Chips Bettigan, page 208

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