questionsdo you have any advice for poker/poker chips?

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I'd recommend 9 gram chips for weight versus cost.

A set of 300 chips could do a normal group. As far as denomination and such, that kind of boils down to price and personal preference. If I had the extra I'd go big $, 4 values. Just because they look better. Even though 3 value chip set can play a lot better...hoped this helped.

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@xarous: Thanks for your help. I asked a couple of friends what they thought on the number of values and they agreed that 3 values might play better than 4 so I might go that route. Also, the sets that I have been looking at are 10 gram true casino weight so I will probably go with one of those. I just want to get something that is clay without inserts. Do you have any chips that you would recommend?

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This is one of the most public places I know, are you sure you want to discuss chips here. I assume that the chip values are hypothetical/theoretical unless You live in a state where private gambling is legal.

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Work backwards from the structure and style you want to play. How many are in your group, and are they crazy, aggressive, calling stations, other? From there you can determine how many chips you need on the table at a time. How long are your levels and do the blinds and antes climb quickly or drag? Do you do rebuys? Think about it from the direction of making sure you have the chips to support the structure of your games and the style of play you expect and you'll be good to go.

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Also, my understanding is that casino-style chips are actually 11.5 grams, but I have to admit I've never readily double-checked. As long as you stock with clay, know what you're buying and like what you get, you should be OK.

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@editorkid: From what I have read doing research it is a misconception that casino chips are 11.5 grams. They actually weigh in around 10 grams, but I might be wrong as I am pretty new to the subject. I am thinking that I will play with 4-6 people with rebuys and slow blind climbs with players that are not super aggressive. Do you think 300 chips will cut it for that type of game? Thanks for your input!

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@mdillard9: Most casino chips are what they want them to be. NGC doesn't regulate weight. Generally I see them between 9g-11g. Some have odd weights, so it really is personal preference (with price in mind), if you feel as if 300 isn't enough, go higher. I personally like the feel of most Paulson poker chips. Check eBay too, you might be surprised.

Good luck!

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Many sets include 500 chips, in either 4 or 5 colors. If you get 100 each of white, red, green, and black, you should be fine. Many sets include blue chips for reasons that escape me, since blue is not a common casino color for chips.
Good luck and have fun. Hold 'em takes a day to learn and a lifetime to master.

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@mdillard9: I didn't know that about 11.5 grams, but it doesn't surprise me; it's always kind of felt more like a standard than a product, if that makes any sense. Anyway, one of the games I'm in has rebuys and we're always digging into a backup case for more chips; we have eight seats at the table and there are two to four rebuys per game. If that sounds about the same as your game, I'd definitely say buy more chips than my friend did, anyway. The other game I'm in doesn't have rebuys, usually has six to eight at the table, but has large stacks and slow levels to keep people in the game a little longer, but we never have to dig back into the case. I'd guess 300 is probably a good start for you -- and if it turns out more would work better, they aren't hard to find. (And if you want to start with a little breathing room, by the same token, you can probably always find a larger set at a price that's only slightly higher.)

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If you are going to have 4 colors you should spread out the denominations more. Why do you need a $50 chip when you $25 (just use 2,) etc. The large denominations will be needed very much towards the end of the tourney. When it's late the last thing you want to do is count chips, so be sure to color up. Remember the denominations must match your blind structure. So before you buy chips you should build a blind structure and agree on it. Then you can decide on chips.

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Unless you wanna play where you can buy out they can really be anything. I like having it be exact though because it makes it easier in my brain.

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I've got 2 sets, one is a 1,000 piece 9g set and the other is a 300 piece 11g set. The 11g set is by far nicer, but we almost always don't have enough chips. We usually play .50/5 split limit holdem with .25 and .50 blinds. Usually buy in with $20, that means we need to have quite a few .25 and 1 chips. If I was setting up a tournament, It would be easier to do with the smaller set since you can have more denominations. In my small set, I've got like 100 white, 50 blue, 100 red, 25 green, 25 black. If you wanted to break that into 5k start (good for 25/50 start) with 10 players it would be easy to do w25 r100 bu500 g1k bk5k with 8w 8r 4bu 2gn. If you wanted to do 10k, give everybody a black. Or use black chips to consolidate after a few get ko'd.

Wow, that got a little longer than I thought it would be.

I personally like chips that don't have denominations on them. Make them what you will.