1. He lost half of his chips in the last hand.2. Money isn't the only bargaining chip an employer has to work with. A high position in the company and perks may also be used to attract competent employees.
 gambling chip bargaining chipgambling chip = 賭博用的籌碼bargaining chip = 常指談判時所用的被當作籌碼的人或物
All the ork I've been putting into this project has been all for nothing because my boss is shutting it down.