How To Divide Poker Chips For Home Games?


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Organizing a poker game at home, and that too for the first time seems to be a very challenging task. You need to consider many different duties, liked determining the game to be played, the house rules to be used, beverages and more. And not knowing how to do them in the right manner can make it very difficult to run a poker game at home. Any successful tournament has three main features. It should be well organized, have a good structure and include quality poker supplies as well.

If any of these three is missing, no one will be able to enjoy the game properly. You will be lost in fixing things. Therefore, it is important that you keep a tab on everything. Among all the preparations, assigning values to the poker chip values and distributing them hold an important place.

What are the poker chip values for home games?

The following is what you need to know while dividing poker chips per player:

  • White - $1
  • Red - $5
  • Blue - $10
  • Green - $25
  • Black - $100
  • Purple - $500
  • Yellow - $1000
  • Pink -$5000
  • Orange - $10000

These are the traditional values set for poker chips. If you are running a home poker tournament, you just need white ($1), red ($5), blue ($10) and green ($25) chips. These will be enough for any home poker. If you wish to play higher stakes, you can use black ($100) or purple ($500), in case required.

Poker chips per player: Distribution for Tournaments

Poker tournament is one of the most popular poker formats played in homes. The best thing about the tournaments is that you can limit the amount you can lose in any session. However, they require a bit more maintenance and organization. The first factor is to decide the length of the tournament. As you put in more chips, the tournament will become lengthier. Shorter tournaments usually last around 30-40 minutes.

The number of chips needed would be around 50 chips per person, and you will need three to four colors. As the blinds go up, you can “color up” more chips.

Poker Chips per player: Distribution for Cash games

If you have scheduled a fun cash game with your friends at your place, you can have a variety of options for the chips. The number of chips also depends upon your preferences. For a cash game, you generally require 50-80 chips per person.

The distribution of poker chips per player depends upon the cash game you play. If the game is to be played in lower stakes, each person can get chips in the denominations of $1 and $5. If a person wants to play higher stakes, he will get chips denominations of $25. However, the number of chips you can get is limited because these games are not similar to the high stake games played at casinos.

As compared to tournaments, you just need a couple of colors or just one color in cash games. In case you host a tournament before the cash game, you should try to keep the chips for the cash game in a different color.

Now you have an idea of what should be the amount of poker chips per player and how the chips must be distributed. Remember that the exact amount depends only on the player, what type of game he wants to play. The minimum amount of chips per player should be 50. Less than 50 poker chips per player are not practical.

Another interesting way to play poker at home with your friends and families is by playing it online. This is especially fun if you do not have poker chips with you. Download the GetMega app now and start playing any of the various poker games available here.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
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Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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