3 questions to ask yourself before buying a poker chipset

Playing poker with chips has a charm of its own, doesn’t it?The feel of chips in your hand, the large stack won through hard work and acute reading of the table, are things that add to the experience of playing the game.

Owning a good looking kickass poker chip set is the next best thing, if not the first.

But do you the difference between a good poker chip set? Do you know how to select the best poker chipset for your poker party?

Let’s take a look at some of the prerequisites :

1.How many poker chips do I have to buy?

This actually depends on the number of players and the size of the game you’re planning. With different numbers, you would need to stock up different amounts of poker chips.

Here’s what we recommend:

200 Chips for 3-4 players

400 Chips for 5-6 players

600 Chips for 7-8 players

800 Chips for 8-10+ players

2. What colours / denominations to consider?

The cheaper poker chipsets usually have a lot of colour options to choose from. But if you want to follow the casino route, use the following colour scheme. Following this makes the transition from a home game to a casino game, smoother.

WHITE - 1 unit

RED - 5 units

GREEN - 25 units

BLACK - 100 units

3. Material Type of the Poker Chips to buy

There are three types of materials most poker chips are made of.


The fanciest kind are known as clay poker chips,with the standard casino diameter being  39 mm. They have a nice heft and weigh between 8 and 11.5 grams a piece.

Since they are so fancy, they cost a bomb, too!

If you’re a connoisseur and like to treat your guests with a  special poker game experience,

you're going to want to shell out the extra cash and get these chips. You can even get custom designs on them to negate the possibility of people introducing chips into your game.


These are used by more professional poker players.

The metal poker chip has  a metal core surrounded by plastic and weighs either 8 or 11.5 grams.

These metal-core composite poker chips are closest to what you'll find in most casinos these days and are a good, durable choice.


If you’re just starting out, we recommend you pick these up for practise. These are infinitely lighter in weight, and ahem, on the pocket.

They aren't as substantial as the other two kinds of chips and are usually filled with more colors than are useful, but they are a lot cheaper and in the end, they do get the job done. You can find a kind of plastic chip that's better than the ones you can pick up at toy stores and department stores.

Want to know how poker chips are made? Click here for all the trivia.


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Shikha Tripathi

A social media strategist and an avid poker enthusiast, she loves taking risks and so is naturally aggressive on the poker table.