Poker Chips And Denominations For The Same

Poker Chips And Denominations For The Same

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Poker is really an interesting game and has been played since many centuries. It is played in various casinos, at homes and nowadays, even online poker is available. And if you know something related to poker you might have also heard about the poker chips with denominations. Poker chips are a disk-shaped object used to represent an amount of money while gambling.

As poker is a game where real profit has to be made, a heavy amount of money is used by the players. The amount is so heavy that it becomes difficult to manage the cash and that’s why the use of poker chips come into picture. Different poker chips have different poker chip denominations.

Poker chip denominations

The different types of poker chips represent different amounts of money. The amount represented can vary from country to country, event to event. The basic idea behind their use is to secure original currency. Earlier, the value of these poker chips were represented by chunks of gold, pieces of ivory, leather and metals etc.  Although, It is not necessary for every player to use these coloured disks, there are some reasons why their use has become so important. They make playing and setting up the cash a lot easier. The use of Poker chip denominations saves a lot of time and even avoids situations of conflict.

Before playing any game, we should understand that each chip has some money value associated with it. Generally, the values are not marked on these chips. However, there is no official rule as to how the value must be assigned, but all the standard poker games share some common values. The basic set of poker chips consists of white, blue, red, green and black chips. We should make sure that every player playing with us understands the value system which we follow. This can be done by discussing the values or by marking the chips yourselves.

poker chips with denominations

Types of poker chips

There are generally four types of poker chips with denominations.

  1. Plastic: These chips are made of plastic. These are very cheap. These chips actually look similar to kid’s toys. And that’s why they do not give the feel as chips used in casinos.
  2. Composite/clay chips: Earlier the poker chips were made of clay instead of these cheap plastic chips. They used to give a much better feel. However, modern chips are not made of clay, they use some other material which mimics the touch and feel of those styles of chips.
  3. Ceramic chips: These chips are one step ahead of the composite ones, having a better quality, more durability and a smoother surface. These are more costly, but are a better way to showcase if you are a host of any poker event.
  4. Metal chips: Other than the composite and ceramic chips, we have metal chips which are unique in design in the context of poker setup. They used to come in silver, gold and many such expensive metals. However, it is very very difficult to find them today.

Full poker chip colors and the different poker chip denominations

  • White, $1
  • Yellow, $2
  • Red, $5
  • Blue, $10
  • Grey, $20
  • Green, $25
  • Orange, $50
  • Black, $100
  • Pink, $250
  • Purple, $500
  • Yellow, $1000(sometimes burgundy or grey)
  • Light blue, $2000
  • Brown, $5000

There may be some variations to these denominations according to their use or the players preferences.

History of Poker Chips

If you ever get an opportunity to play poker and no doubt you played it, you know there's nothing quite like building a massive castle of poker chips with demonstrations to your opponents that you're a being pushed to be considered with on the felt.

But have you ever considered that casino chips are a very recent and a new concept in general? That is correct. Poker chips were not invented with actual poker chips in mind. Today's home poker games, as well as casino poker games, are very distinct from what our forefathers who loves poker used to play.

Poker chips were not even invented until the eighteenth century. Instead, the world's Phil Hellmuths and Gus Hansens brought odd things to the table to bet with. Tiny gold nuggets - and even gold dust - are examples.

Without a doubt, some type of uniformity was required. As a result, saloons and gambling establishments that provided poker tournaments devised their own conventional alternatives: ivory, bones, and clay. Due to the ease with which these ‘standards’ could be forged, gambling houses began to mark those bits of ivory, bones, and clay with distinctive symbols and features.

Because forgery continued as a disputed concern, firms began producing clay composition poker chips in the 1880s, spawning a whole industry and forever modify the way the globe use to play Poker.

Types of poker chips

Final thoughts on poker chip denominations

When you are the host of a poker event and about 10-12 people, it is suggested to have around 500 poker chips. And if the number of players is around 30, then there must be at least 1000 chips. It is recommended that you keep the number of colors low.

There should be four to five basic colors. In case of casinos, they keep custom designed chips with a fixed monetary value. The values are printed or engraved over the chips. The chips may be multi-colored, their sizes may differ and they may be styled with different patterns. Casinos generally have their own value assigning method.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
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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