Poker Chips Reviews

  • Relative Price (5/5 is a great bargain, 1/5 is a rip off) - Paying $100 for a great humburger is probably a ripoff. However, if you can get a good burger for a few dollars then it may be a good deal. This is what we mean by relative price. The good quality chips should be more expensive than the lesser quality versions but not TOO MUCH more expensive. The question to ask here is this, is the market price of this chip a fair value?

  • Appearance (5/5 is the best looking, 1/5 looks awful) - Do you like the style of this chip? Do you like the design? Is it too busy? too plain? Most or all of this information can be obtained by looking at the photo of each chip.

  • Quality (5/5 is the highest quality, 1/5 is terrible quality) - Factor durability, feel and sound in this category. Generally the heavier the chip the better the quality. There are exceptions, 11.5g composite chips with metal inserts are not as high in quality as the 10g Paulson Chips.




  • One can spend anywhere between $5 and $1,000 for a set of poker chips. Some buy poker chips to host regular home games. Others buy poker chips as a hobby, like collection baseball cards. Others buy poker chips for practicing chips. Whatever the reason, it is good to do a little research before making the purchase. Chips that are good for tricks may not be good for home games and vice versa. Different people like different weights for chips.

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    Poker Chips Denominations Chart

    Different casinos value chips in different ways but there are some conventions. In general the table below can be used to rate chips from least valuable to most valuable:
    White - Least Valuable
    Red
    Blue
    Green
    Black - Most Valuable
    Note: Some sets have the Blues as more valueable than the Greens while others have the Greens as more valuable than the Blues.

    When buying poker chip sets you generally need more of the less valuable chips and fewer of the valuable chips. In other words you need lots of red chips and not very many black chips.

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    One of the nice things about the poker chip reviews on the left is that there are so many different opinions. Having input from different voices is important. The poker chips on the left are ranked by Price, Quality and Appearance. This is crucial because some people may care more about chip appearance than anything else. Others may be concerned mainly with price. Others may focus in on the quality of the chip.

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    Poker Chips Denominations in the Forums

    One of my favorite threads in the forums talks about what denominations should be used for chip sets. Here is some of the information in the thread:

    KenN

    Joined: 13 Sep 2004
    Location: DC Area
    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 10:42 am Post subject: Optimum color distribution in 500 chips

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    What do you experienced players think is the most useful combination and quantity of colors in a 500-chip set? Most of the time it will be 5 or 6 players. With the occasional 7 or 8. Mostly playing Texas Hold 'em. What else?

    I see plenty of sets with 5 different colors. Sometimes like this: 150 white, 150 red, 100 blue, 50 green, 50 black. Does that work?

    It seems to me 4 colors should be enough. With maybe 200 of the lowest value chip: 200W / 150R / 100B(G?) / 50B(G?).

    What do you think? What do you use?

    This is for a gift set. I'd like to get it right.

    Thanks.

    KN

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    Da-Sh

    Joined: 08 Jun 2004

    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 11:00 am Post subject:

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    I would personally say that 4 colors should be enough for most groups. Let's imagine a $10 buyin tourney, where the chips were given out at cash value. That'd be, say, 5 $.50 chips ($2.50), 10 $.25 chips ($2.50), 30 $.10 chips ($3.00), and 40 $.05 chips ($2.00). Depending on your "limits", you will never really need huge amounts of the larger chip values, but you will need lots of the smaller values. It might be even more worth your time to just get three chip colors, and keep the denominations easier to understand. I personally prefer playing with two (big and half big ), because then it's just a question of matching colors during your bet, rather than doing any major counting.


    = Da-Sh =

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    KenN

    Joined: 13 Sep 2004
    Location: DC Area
    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 11:11 am Post subject:

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    Thanks, Da-Sh.

    So to run that game/tourney with a 4-color 500-chip set, how many of each color would you need in total (not per player)? That was really my question.

    My son and his friends play a $20 buy-in with chips at 25c, 50c, $1 and $2. They play $1 limits pre-flop until near the end of the night when they go to no limit to get it over with.

    His says they only have 300 chips and it's inconvenient even with 6 players. He doesn't know I'm getting him a set. Unless he or his friends read this forum!

    KN

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    Da-Sh

    Joined: 08 Jun 2004

    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 11:28 am Post subject:

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    KenN wrote:
    So to run that game/tourney with a 4-color 500-chip set, how many of each color would you need in total (not per player)? That was really my question.

    My son and his friends play a $20 buy-in with chips at 25c, 50c, $1 and $2. They play $1 limits pre-flop until near the end of the night when they go to no limit to get it over with.


    Oh come on... you know how to do math!

    Let's see... a "cash value" $20 buyin' would probably go something like 3 $2 chips, 5 $1 chips, 10 $.50 chips, 20 $.25 chips. So that's a total of 38 chips per person... times 6 people... comes out to 228 chips. 8 people equals 304.

    So if you're going to get 500 chips, that will be more than enough for your son and his buddies.

    Color-wise... at least 160 of one denom, 80 of another denom, 40 of another denom, and 30 of the other denom. Here are some ideas for a set of 500:
    200/150/100/50

    150/150/150/50

    200/200/50/50

    = Da-Sh =

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    Santino
    4 Of A Kind


    Joined: 10 Jul 2004
    Posts: 126
    Location: New York
    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 11:45 am Post subject:

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    I got, in order from least demonination to highest: 200 White, 150 Blue, 100 Red, and 50 Black.
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    hondo928

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004
    Location: somwhere around DC
    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 06:05 pm Post subject:

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    i got the order kenn ure talking about with 5 sets it may cause some trouble with me hosting a tourney with probably 25 ppl 10 dollars a person and rebuys+add-ons so im figuring $400 in chips needed im gonna use white .10 red .25 blue .50 green $1 and black $4 or $5 i got friends with some chips as a back up

    since that puts me at 402.50 since but im missing 3 whites and a red but i got some extra samples ill use maybe an orange as 10 and purple my schools color as 15 if someones got a bunch of chips

    yo kenn where are u in DC area im from silver spring MD

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    Eric

    Joined: 01 Dec 2003
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Posted: 15 Sep 2004 09:07 pm Post subject:

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    I agree that the black chips should be the most valuable and the fewest in quantity. Beyond that it is kind of up to you.

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    PAFisher
    4 Of A Kind


    Joined: 25 Jun 2004
    Posts: 105

    Posted: 16 Sep 2004 09:12 am Post subject:

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    Here is what I did and why. It has worked out well for us so far.

    I got 120 white, 120 Red, 100 green, 100 Blue, and 60 Black

    All my calculations are based on white = .05, red = .10, green = .25, blue = .50, and black = 1.00.

    I did this for several reasons. Mostly I play games of 6 people so I wanted a good breakdown for 6 players.

    This works out to 20 wh, 20 red, 16 green, 16 blue, and 10 black each for 6 people which equals up to a $25.00 buy -in.
    With 7 people it works out to 15 wh, 10 red, 13 green, 14 blue, 8 black each for a buy-in of up to $20.00
    8 people = 10 wh, 15 red, 12 green, 12 blue, and 7 black for a buy in of up to $18.00

    Then if they want to play for less, you just leave off some of the black chips so that it equals $15.00 or $10.00, or whatever everyone wants to buy in for.

    The way I did this is to just divide the count for each color by the number of players and see what # of chips that gave me, then I adjusted it down until it was an amount that adds up well for the buy in.

    With a breakdown of 150, 100, 100, 100, 50 then you could do 25, 15, 15, 15, 8 with a $22.00 buy in for 6,
    OR you could do 15, 10, 11, 11, 6 with a $16 buy-in for up to 8 players.

    For Hold'em tournaments, just make sure everyone gets the same number and color chip breakdown and set values on the chips. If you think 5 colors are too many for a tournament, then make some of the colors the same value. IE... white and red both the same value, or blue and green both the same value.

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    KenN

    Joined: 13 Sep 2004
    Location: DC Area
    Posted: 28 Sep 2004 12:36 pm Post subject:

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone. I really appreciate all the different calculations. I didn't check in the past few days because I received no email alerting me to new posts.

    I've acquired samples of most of the import chips currently on the market. Pretty sure I'm going with the 11.5 g tri-color/dice and triple crown. I still think they sound a little metallic/coin-like. But they're pretty classy looking. The photo-label chips actually look pretty sharp. I have a few of the Welcome to Las Vegas/antique cars set. The label seems to deaden the metal sound, so they sound more chip-like. But I'm concerned about the durability of the label. So I've made my choice.

    It seems some of you go with 4 chip colors instead of 5.

    I think I'm going to with 5 colors: 150 white, 150 red, 100 blue, 50 green, 50 black.

    I think that will work.

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    KenN

    Joined: 13 Sep 2004
    Location: DC Area
    Posted: 28 Sep 2004 12:45 pm Post subject:

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    Da-Sh is wrong. I CAN'T do arithmetic!

    I see that 150 of the lowest denomination (25 cents) doesn't let 8 players each have 20 chips! So I either have to re-think my distribution. Or on those occasions when they have 8 players and $20 buy-in, they can just use the blacks to equal the whites and go with 4 denominations in 5 colors.

    KN

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    stom

    Joined: 30 Jun 2004

    Posted: 28 Sep 2004 12:56 pm Post subject:

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    If you play mostly cash games, i would go with 200 white 200 red and 100 green/blue/or whatever.
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    KenN
    Flush


    Joined: 13 Sep 2004
    Posts: 44
    Location: DC Area
    Posted: 28 Sep 2004 01:13 pm Post subject:

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    Thanks for that idea, too, Stom.

    On the one hand, I wanted to go with 5 colors because all 5 available look really nice.

    On the other hand, 200/150/100/50 seems really practical.

    KN

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    DocDann

    Joined: 25 Dec 2004
    Location: San Diego
    Posted: 21 Jan 2005 06:02 pm Post subject: My 550 chip distribution..

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    This works great for me.. worked fine even at 500 (prior to the blacks)


    175 White
    125 Red
    125 Blue
    75 Green
    50 Black

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    OnTilt687

    Joined: 04 Oct 2004

    Posted: 22 Jan 2005 01:41 pm Post subject:

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    i bought a set from 5stardeals of 300

    it went

    100 red 100 white 50 green and 50 black

    works out fine with 5 dollar buy in like we normally do

    so everyone gets 10 whites, 10 reds, 6 greens, and 4 blacks with W: .05 R: .10 G: .25 B: .50

    you can make about 8 stacks with that format, then once were out of greens we can switch to blacks or reds or whites to make up for it


    so if you got a set of 500 id go

    200 red 200 white 100 green and 50 black (and just blacks worth like 4x as much as green so that you dont need as much of them)

    you could also do 150 150 100 100
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