The very idea of poker chips is enough to make a person stop and think. Players just place their hands on the poker table and take a seat. They begin riffling over the poker chips, trying to determine what their opponent is going to draw. Soon, they’ll be crossing their fingers and wondering how much each card is worth.
Let’s go into detail about the different colours, marks and values of poker chips around the world. Red, green and black chips are considered low-low (close to identical) whilst yellow and orange ones are high-high (very different). White is the highest valued card, followed by black. There is actually no set limit for the denomination of poker chips; it’s entirely dependent on how many players are at a table. Also, players can stack their chips to any position they choose, so long as no more chips are inserted than are available.
The two main factors that affect chip values are the draw and the number of players. A draw basically means that the cards are spread out before being dealt, making it easier for someone to draw. More players mean an increase in possible draws – and vice versa. Some tables have minimum chip values; these are used in tournaments where certain tournament prize pools are awarded depending on the outcome of the draw.
There are many different denominations that you might encounter in tournaments and friendly games. The most common, and the one that players tend to base their decisions on, are red and black. Red signifies that you’ve got many chips and black denote that you’ve got a lot of them. There are other chips, however, that have different values, including royal flush, quads, jacks and sevens, which can only be found in tournament play.
In most cases, when you are dealt a hand and the other players have starting stacks, it doesn’t really matter what colour your chips are. However, there are exceptions, such as in multi-table tournaments, or when you have the option to switch your chips around. In multi-table tournaments and friendlies, it is usually pretty rare for starting stacks to switch places because often at the same time, other players will start with low stacks, or even worse, starting piles of high chips. You don’t want to mess with these players when you are just starting out, as their starting stacks could easily overpower yours!
When you go to buy your poker chips, make sure that you get some from each table that you visit, as it is possible for some colours to increase in worth quite dramatically, while others are relatively flat. It’s important that you try them all out, as it’s not always easy to tell by just looking at the numbers on the cards. Most online poker sites will list the colours and sizes of the poker chips for each table, but it can sometimes be a good idea to go to a real casino, or even a sports store so that you can test all the different colours and sizes in person. The only thing you should remember is that if you are visiting Las Vegas, Chinese poker rooms may not offer big blinds and instead offer smaller raised bet games.