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I am buying a new 1,000 piece set-up so I will have flexibility and never be short-chipped. My thinking for the numbers below is that I want people to start with a larger stack in the $100 cash games so they feel like they aren't short stacked right out of the gate. At the same time, I wanted enough chips to run a standard tourney of 1,500 starting chips with enough $100 to color-up half way through the tourney. I also wanted a few 50 cent chips in case I wanted to run a $50 cash game where I can set the blinds steady at .50 / $1

My chip set would include:

.50 cent = 100 chips
$1 = 400 chips
$5 = 200 chips
$25 = 100 chips
$100 = 150 chips
$500 = 50 chips

Poke as many holes as you want in my logic. This is the basic format I am proposing for all my future games which will be $100 no-limit/pot-limit cash game, $50 or $100 freezeout tourney, or if I feel like running a basic $50 no-limit cash game.


$100 cash game starting chips with blinds steady at $1 / $2

30 - $1 chips
9 - $5 chips
1 - $25 chip

This would allow for a healthy starting stack and enough chips left over for about 10 re-buys.



$50 or $100 tourney with $1,500 in starting chips

10 - $5 chips
10 - $25 chips
7 - $100 chips
1 - $500 chip

This would allow for our normal tourney structure and have enough $100 chips to color-up.


The occasional $50 cash game with blinds steady at .50 cents / $1

10 - .50 cent chips
35 - $1 chips
2 - $5 chips

This would allow for a healthy starting stack and enough $5 chips to put together enough re-buys


Let me know if you would change anything in the chip set to accomodate these types of games.

Thanks for taking the time to help me out in the thought process.
 

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I think your numebrs and logic on which games you want to host is right on. What chips are you considering buying and / or / are you lookingto buy chips with denominations on them or straight / standard colors?
 

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I think I am going ahead with the denominations which will make the games much easier especially for new guests and for me it adds more of the card room experience.

I am thinking about the "High Roller" set on 5 star. I like the colors and graphics of the chips and I like that they just have the number and no dollar sign so I can use a 25 chip as either 25 cents or $25 depending on if I am playing with family or with our group. The only thing I don;t know about is how they feel in your hand and are they durable. They seem to fit my price range as well.
 

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I am thinking about the "High Roller" set on 5 star.
Over the holidays there was a vendor selling chips and supplies in an isle blocking kiosk at the Galeria mall. I _think_ he had this set for sale there, and at a price I thought was competetitive with an ebay auction if you include shipping. Cant tell you at which end, or if he is still there though.

Rob
 

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I have played with the high roller chips. There is a guy who's game I play in that has those. They feel much like Hagar and Dodger's chip.
 

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I would not buy any 50 cent chips. So instead of buying them just buy 100 more $25 chips so you have 200 of them. If you want to do $50 buy in games with 50c/$1 blinds just treat all chips at half the value. I am not the sharpest tool in the box but I can divided by 2.

On the If you don't want to take my advice and buy the 50c chips I would recommend buying 150 $25 chips and 100 $100 instead of the other way around.

BTW, I did put a lot of though into the make up of my set before I bought it. When I accompanied my wife to the hospital last April for the birth of my 2nd son I was working out the denominations on my set, right there in the delivery room. I was probably too nervous and wanted to take my mind off by thinking about something else. Maybe I should give my second son, Matthew, the nickname "Chip".
 

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Ace,

I have no doubt that you put thought into your set but I think I am wanting to start people out with a larger stack of chips then you had and I like the flexibility of having 1,000 chips so I can run 2 tables if I ever need to.

As far as decreasing the $100 chips, I am not sure if I would have enough to color up a tourney game. At this point, I am all about convenience in a game and it being as straight forward as possible so it takes pressure off the dealer and host. The divide by 2 method would work but would just be another opportunity for confusion. I appreciate all the input Ace.

Quads,

Is there a chip with denominations in that price range that you like better? Anyone else?
 

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Not in a better price range. Those are an amazing bang for the buck.
There are many nice chips that are higher priced, but that goes without saying.

My ONLY issue with that setup is that there is not a 500 or 1000 chip. The largest chip is 100. Otherwise, the bang for the buck, you can't beat.

HTP has a LOAD of info on chips, charts, etc. that you can look at as well.
 

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Is there a chip with denominations in that price range that you like better? Anyone else?
You can always get some stickers to put on your chips if you want to add denominations. I'm not sure where to get them, but I know there's a place to get custom labels for poker chips. It would take a while to put them all on, but it would surely be cheaper than hot stamping.
 

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YEah I know what you mean about the $500 chip but I wasn't going to be using those as much as everything else. I will have to get more $100 chips which will be fine.

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After insight from Ace and Quads, my new set will look like this and unfortunately there will be no $500 chips.


$1 = 400 chips
$5 = 200 chips
$25 = 200 chips
$100 = 200 chips
 

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BK, I think it is a good decision not to buy $0.50 and $2 chips. However, I would get some $500 chips since you are getting a 1000 chip set for both cash and tournament uses. I would cut down the $100 chips to 150 and get 50 $500 chips since if you were to hold a 2-table tournament you would need $500 as the blinds escalate (and you would not need 200, if any at all, $100 chips for cash games).

I don't think the divided by 2 method would confuse anyone. for a $50 buy in game with $1/$2 chip blinds just means the blinds are really $0.50 and $1 in real money. But since you are not getting any $0.50 chips my point is moot anyway.
 

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1, 5, 25, 100, 500's are all you need.
If you are not running a 4/8 or 6/12 game, no need for a $2 chip.

The only issue I see with your roundup of chips is that they will work great for cash games, however in a tourney structure, you will be challenged when it comes time to final 5 at the table and coloring up, is all you can color up to is a 100 chip.

If you are willing to spend the extra bucks, then check out the fan of cards. They go to 1000 and are made of the same material, by the same mfg that mine are made of.

OR, get a non denomination chip and take all the worries out of it. Buy Yellows and Purples. Make them what ever you want.
 

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Ace, this set that I want does not offer $500 chips. I might have to look into another set but I also might keep my other chips if I get no takers and I can use some of those as non-marked $500 like Quads suggested.

Thanks again for everyone's input.
 

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I like those alot but $600 is a little more then I want to spend.
 

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BK, remember the chips will last a lifetime so splurge and get the very best you can get (Paulson). All other set may depreciation but Paulson chips will keep their value. You will not regret it.
 

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So will Bud Jones (chips made for WSOP)
So will Blue Chip (chip common in casinos)
As will Cardwell's
Much like Chipco.
And last but not least, RT Plastics and T.R. King chips.


There are a LOT of nice chips out there that will never lose thier value.
 

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BK, if you decide not to get $500 chips you could still run a tourney with $200 in chips instead of the normal $1000. You will start the blinds at $2/$5. It isn't as sexy but by reducing everything by a factor of 5 it is the same game. That way your $100 chips will act as the normal $500.

I concur with Quads regarding the nice chips. Paulson and Chipco are top of the line (although P has a clay-y feel and C has a ceramical feel). Blue Chips are a little lesser quality.
 

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My head space is much more in-line with Hagar in that I use chips more for the functionality but I also want the denominations for ease of use and I would like them to have a bit of flare to them.....hence the mid level "high roller" chip.

Thanks for the recommendations.
 
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