Not All Poker Chips Are Created Equal

One of the best ways to make your home poker games feel a bit more professional is to make sure you're using casino quality poker chips. While casinos all use different chips, you can be sure they aren't using those cheap plastic ones you played with as a kid. Most casinos use clay, composite, or clay composite chips that usually weigh 9 to 11.5 grams. While these chips will cost you more than those discount plastic chips, you'll definitely see and feel the difference.

Clay
Clay chips, while hard, often have a soft feel too them that many players will notice and appreciate immediately. This quality will usually cost you as they are generally the most expensive chip.

Composite
Composite poker chips are generally cheaper than clay chips, though they are still a huge step up from the cheap plastic chips. The main difference is in the feel of the composite chips as they are generally much smoother than clay chips. This smooth feel often makes the composite chips harder to pick up than the softer feeling clay chips.

Clay Composite
Clay composite chips are usually soft like clay chips yet nearly as inexpensive as composite chips. The quality varies greatly with these chips so you'll want to test them out before buying.

Size Matters
Like I mentioned above, casinos usually use 9 to 11.5 gram poker chips. The general rule is the heavier the chip, the better. You can get 13 gram chips if you really want to splurge, but I, personally, recommend the 11.5 weight.

Try Before You Buy
You're probably going to want to buy your chips online as online supply stores are considerably cheaper and offer a wide variety of designs. However, you'll definitely want to try out some weights and styles before you buy. Now, you don't need to actually play a full game with the chips, but you should make sure you hold the different weights in your hand so that you know what you want. You also want to try composite, clay, and clay composite as they all have a distinct look and feel. By trying the chip out first, you may decide that 9 gram composite chips are perfect, thus saving you some money.

Online Suppliers
Below are some online poker stores that I've found to have good deals on a good selection of poker chips.



For help on the number of chips you'll need and of what denominations, check out post on chip counts and starting stacks.

Comments

  1. Virgilio Oehlschlager Said:

    Simply wanna admit that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  2. Bryan Said:

    Thanks for the advice. I never really though much about the chips when play the game, but I guess it really does make a difference.

  3. Francis Said:

    It really does make sense to have professional chips. I've played at home games where you used very cheap plastic chips. You definitely need some unique chips, because a player could bring some fake chips with him and scam the whole game.

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