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How Many Poker Chips Do You Need?

Apr 18, 2008
You can buy poker chips in just about any quantity you can think of. Common poker chip denominations can start at 300 chips and go all the way up to 1000 chips. The question is, "How many poker chips do you really need?"

It will all depend on how many players there are, and how they play. Aggressive poker players will need more chips than conservative ones. The style of your poker players should be taken into consideration when you determine how many chips you will need.

It can be assumed that 300 chips will service 3-4 players, but this is not really so. This number of chips will only be good enough to replace damaged or worn chips. This is because for a good poker game you do not really want to play with such a small group of people.

In reality 500 poker chips is a bare minimum. If your games regularly have 9 or more people, I'd invest in a set of 1000 to 1500 poker chips. This doesn't necessarily mean that every chip will always be in play, but it does give you leeway when a couple people want to buy in big. In addition, your chips will last a lot longer if 100% of them aren't in play every week.

It is important to ensure that you have plenty of low denomination chips. In fact only 30%-40% of your chips should represent higher numbers. This is because most bets are on low and medium chips. For example a set of 1000 chips should not have 200 of each denomination. Rather it should lean more heavily on the lower range chips. You would think that this is a matter of common sense but this factor is often ignored.

To recap your number of chips will depend on how aggressive your players are and how many are playing. You need to have enough chips for people to bet high if they need. The range of chips is important, so lean more heavily on the lower number chips. The best way to determine how many chips you need is to decide on 500 as your base and add 100 to 150 for everyone over a group of five.
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Thom Riemersma has more than 4 years of expertise from his time working with www.elitepokerchips.com. Whether you need poker chip sets or are just looking for poker chips 11.5, visit ElitePokerChips.com today!
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