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What Size Poker Chip Set Do I Need? by Michael Thomas

How Many Poker Chips Do You Really Need?

The more poker chips the better, right? It is true that you can never have too many poker chips, but it is also true that you can only use so many poker chips at one given time. If you are just starting out and want to put together a game night without blowing your budget, you can’t take the more-is-better approach to shopping for chips.

You have to determine how many chips you actually need and then make sure you purchase the highest quality chips possible for your budget. You can always add to your chip collection over time. The primary consideration is the number of players expected at your upcoming game. You need sufficient chip coverage to ensure all players are bankrolled.

How Many Denominations are Necessary?

If your upcoming game will have fewer than five players, a poker chip set with three or four color denominations will likely meet your needs. When you start playing with seven or eight at the table, then a chip set that contains at least four color denominations will be necessary. These general guidelines should ensure that you have what you need to cover bets big and small.

How Many Chips do You Need?

One of the biggest ways to suck the fun out of a poker game is to get caught up with endless trades and cash ins. This problem arises when you are working with a smaller poker chip set than you actually need. There simply aren’t enough chips in enough denominations to keep the game running smoothly with a variety of bet sizes.

For a smaller game with fewer than five players, a 300-chip poker set is probably sufficient. A 500-chip poker set will cover a game with fewer than 10 people at the table, but you will need to invest in a sizable set that contains 1,000 or more chips if you want to host massive games that pack players around the table for a rowdy night of fun.

It is important not to cut the number of chips low in order to save money on your poker chip set. If you don’t have enough chips, you don’t have what you need to run a smooth game night.

What Materials are Best?

There are advantages and disadvantages to purchasing different types of poker chips, and you have to consider more than just your budget. Clay chips are the best on the market, and they are what you will play with when you visit a casino. They are also the most expensive material, and many small-time game hosts cannot afford these chips.

A composite chip is the next best thing. It is made of clay, plastic or metal materials mixed together. You can expect these chips to last a long time without breaking, and they are more affordable than solid clay poker chips. After a couple years of aggressive use you may see some discoloration of these chips, which is something to consider if you can get a great deal on solid clay chips that may last longer without discoloration.

Plastic poker chips are available if you are on an extremely tight budget, but they are not going to deliver an authentic feel. You won’t like the way they feel in your hand or how they stack, and your guests will know you took the cheap route. Yet, they are available if needed.

If you can swing the budget, go for the highest quality composite or clay chips you can afford. Make sure to purchase a set that contains enough chips to go around the table. As your game night expands, you can always invest in more chips to add to your stack.

 

 

This article was published on Friday 20 March, 2009.
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