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Old 03-05-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Choosing chips

Hi all, I am new here. I am ordering chips and would like some input on the dollar value chips.

As of right now I am ordering $1, $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100 chips.

Will so many increments complicate things?

These chips will be used in a home game and we usually play Omaha Hi/Low, so there will be chopped pots.

Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 03-05-2016, 06:58 PM   #2
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Re: Choosing chips

Do you play fixed-limit, pot-limit, or no-limit? What are the blinds or betting increments? These are the biggest indicators of what chip breakdown you should get.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: Choosing chips

We play no limit and the blinds are typically $1-$1. Most of the players buy in for $100.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:47 PM   #4
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Re: Choosing chips

Skip the $10 & $50 chips. Use just $1/$5/$25/$100. Less chip denominations the better.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:58 PM   #5
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Skip the $10 & $50 chips. Use just $1/$5/$25/$100. Less chip denominations the better.
Yeppers. Definitely skip any denomination that's only twice the previous denomination. No need for that stuff.

Your game will probably only use up to the $25 chips, if it plays big enough or you're light on $5 chips. But everyone seems to love having some $100 chips handy.

Only one thing left to address: How many of each? For a $1/$1 game that plays in the low hundreds, assuming one table, you can probably manage with this breakdown:

$1 × 100 = $100
$5 × 300 = $2,000
$25 × 100 = $2,500
$100 × 100 = $10,000

You can probably dial back on the $100 chips, but I like to have everything in increments of 100 because I'm nitpicky like that.

You also can't go wrong with more $5 chips, especially if you expect to ever have more than one table, or the game will sometimes play much bigger. It won't kill you to have more $1 chips, but in my experience, more than one rack of blind chips just isn't necessary.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: Choosing chips

I know $20 chips aren't standard... but they do make for quick and easy rebuys...

$1 & $5 for the game
$20 for rebuys
$100 for ???
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:26 AM   #7
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I know $20 chips aren't standard... but they do make for quick and easy rebuys...

$1 & $5 for the game
$20 for rebuys
$100 for ???
I never used to like $20 chips, but my regular home game uses them, and they've really grown on me.

The only thing I don't like is that a full stack of $20s is $400, while a full stack of $25s is a more psychologically satisfying $500. But for whatever reason, fun factor leans in favor of the $20s.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:30 AM   #8
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Re: Choosing chips

I think you could do well with just $1s, $5s and $25s if the set is going to have a lot of chips. But a few $100s would be nice, just in case the game gets crazy or you run a $1/$2 or larger game.

There is almost never any use for $10s and $50s.

Substituting $20s for $25s is fine so long as your players don't get confused and cranky. I use $20s only when the buy-in is a twenty dollar bill (if the chip set I am using offers an option, many don't)

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Old 03-06-2016, 01:31 PM   #9
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Re: Choosing chips

Thanks, everyone. I have elected to go with $1/$5/$25/$100 chips. That is what we are used to playing with at other games. To tell the truth I just liked the color of the other increments. Haha.

I like having $100 chips because sometimes people buy in for several hundred and at the end it makes things easier to cash out.

Thanks again,

Mitchell

PS, what you all think of Claysmith-The Mint chips?
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:39 PM   #10
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Re: Choosing chips

If you are not doing a buy-in for $20 or $40, then there shouldn't be a need to have anything but $25, $5, and $1. For one table, 100 $1s and 100 $25s are good. As it was said earlier, you can never have enough $5 chips. Look at it this way, if you have 10 players at the table and 400 $5 chips, that is only 40 (two sleeves) each.

We never bothered with $100 chips. iF somebody has $500-$1000 at the table, they will either have a sleeve or two of $25s or they can just have $100 bills. Nothing better at a low stakes game then having a stack of 100s. Also, the $100 chips have a tendency to "get in the way" because you are likely to only have 4-5 of them at the most.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:59 PM   #11
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PS, what you all think of Claysmith-The Mint chips?
I own a set of 1,000 The Mint chips. They're certainly not Paulsons, but I have been happy with them, and I think they're a great value for the price.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:46 PM   #12
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I own a set of 1,000 The Mint chips. They're certainly not Paulsons, but I have been happy with them, and I think they're a great value for the price.
Okay, thanks. We usually play with cheap chips so I thought the Claysmith ones would be a nice upgrade.
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:41 AM   #13
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Only one thing left to address: How many of each? For a $1/$1 game that plays in the low hundreds, assuming one table, you can probably manage with this breakdown:

$1 × 100 = $100
$5 × 300 = $2,000
$25 × 100 = $2,500
$100 × 100 = $10,000

You can probably dial back on the $100 chips, but I like to have everything in increments of 100 because I'm nitpicky like that.
This is me. I will never, in a million years, have a home game that necessitates having 10k in chips, but I'll be damned if I'm going to have half a rack of something. Plus, I think the $100's are the prettiest
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:37 AM   #14
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Re: Choosing chips

I think you'd be more likely to need a .25 chip over a $100 chip. That is if the game evolves into a mixed game that would have an ante. That said, you probably would never need either chip. My set has 150 white - =.25
200 red. = $1
100 blue =$5
50 black = $25

In my biggest game of single table .25/.25 action we've gotten through most of the blue chips. Have never needed the black chips. Im a fan of fewer colors on the table if possible.
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:29 AM   #15
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Re: Choosing chips

Get a Milano set with lots of redbirds
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Old 05-24-2017, 07:42 PM   #16
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Re: Choosing chips

I'm about to pull the trigger on a 1000 chip Milano set, CSML-1000ACC. I'd love some input before I drop roughly $400(inc s/h) on it.

I did some reading here and see mostly good things but I haven't seen any recent reviews. Are they still a good choice?

I have a collection of vegas chips from 27 different casinos. I took the time to weigh each one. 20 of them weigh 8.9-10 grams. So I think I will like the 10 gram Milanos. I like clay over ceramic.

Should I go with the acrylic case or the box? I'm thinking the case is the superior choice for durability and ease of use.

I'm looking for a cash game chip set that will last years and cover blinds from .25/.25 to 2/5, 9 handed.

200 $.25
200 $1
400 $5
100 $25
100 $100

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Old 05-25-2017, 07:32 AM   #17
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Re: Choosing chips

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I'm about to pull the trigger on a 1000 chip Milano set, CSML-1000ACC. I'd love some input before I drop roughly $400(inc s/h) on it.

I did some reading here and see mostly good things but I haven't seen any recent reviews. Are they still a good choice?

I have a collection of vegas chips from 27 different casinos. I took the time to weigh each one. 20 of them weigh 8.9-10 grams. So I think I will like the 10 gram Milanos. I like clay over ceramic.

Should I go with the acrylic case or the box? I'm thinking the case is the superior choice for durability and ease of use.

I'm looking for a cash game chip set that will last years and cover blinds from .25/.25 to 2/5, 9 handed.

200 $.25
200 $1
400 $5
100 $25
100 $100

Opinions?
That looks pretty good to me. Another option would be 200 x $25 and no $100 (or 150|175 x $25 and 50|25 x $100 if you can tolerate multiples of < 100). How many $500+ buyins are you likely to need? Do you really expect to have more than $7,000 in your game at a time?
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:53 AM   #18
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Re: Choosing chips

No opinion on the chips, but I bought this and love it.
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:29 PM   #19
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Claysmith hasnt had Milanos in stock for a while..

Ive been waiting on a sample set from them but Im set on ceramic chips now
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:36 PM   #20
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Claysmith hasnt had Milanos in stock for a while..

Ive been waiting on a sample set from them but Im set on ceramic chips now
I'm looking on pokerchipmania
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:20 AM   #21
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That looks pretty good to me. Another option would be 200 x $25 and no $100 (or 150|175 x $25 and 50|25 x $100 if you can tolerate multiples of < 100). How many $500+ buyins are you likely to need? Do you really expect to have more than $7,000 in your game at a time?
Point taken on 100 $100. I'm thinking they can do double duty as $.10 for small stakes and 7 card stud games. And I think it would bother me to have a mixed rack
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:31 AM   #22
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Re: Choosing chips

I've had a set of Milanos for 5+ years now, and they continue to hold up well. We play .25/.50 NLHE and 1-3 button blind PLO (PLO/PLO8/Big O), and my set is:

150 $0.25
300 $1
500 $5
50 $25

If you can get Milanos, I definitely recommend them for feel, look, and longevity.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:38 PM   #23
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Re: Choosing chips

I received my 1000 chip Milano set today. Overall I'm pleased with it. I noticed that the .25 chips are thinner creating a slightly shorter stack but it isn't something that will bother me.


They hold up to comparison with my collection of Vegas chips in weight, feel, and sound.
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