Thorough your live poker games, you surely have noticed not all poker chips look the exact same. Some are heavier; others have a prettier design while a few of them do have that crisp, pleasant sound when they land into the pot. Learn the differences between the different types of poker chips before buying them as one chip set will most likely last you several years.
Plastic Poker Chips
Obviously enough, plastic poker chips are made from different kind of plastic as the name suggests. What does that mean to you? Well, first of all, you will find these chips lighter than other types of coins, metal ones for instance. As a result, you will notice that these chips are far less expensive. Not only the material is cheaper; but you will also save a ton on shipping because of their lighter weight.
Even though you might think cheaper equals cheaper quality, these chips will do the job just as well as the other ones. It is a matter of preferences. That said; if you are on a budget and want to enjoy a good home poker game, these are the chips for you.
Metal Poker Chips
A good, heavier and more durable alternative to a chip made out of plastic is a metal one. Metal poker chips weigh either 8 or 11.5 grams. Considered to be the closest match to the ones you would find in casinos, these chips are made of a metal core and are surrounded by plastic. The metal coin inlay gives to them a clean and crisp sound as you shuffle them or throw them into the pot.
Clay Poker Chips
The last but not the least, the clay chip. These clay poker chips are without a doubt the most preferred kind amongst poker players. Made out of clay and other materials, a chip weigh from 8 to 11.5 grams and have a standard casino diameter of 39mm.
Even though these chips are usually the most expensive ones, they are definitely worth the price. Being usually heavy, shipping is generally expensive depending on how many of them you order. That being said, I suggest you buy them at any trusted online stores that offer free shipping on chip sets.
How many Should You Buy?
A set of chips is generally available by increments of a hundred starting from as low as 100 units to as much as a thousand units. How many should you buy depends on the size of your game. If you are unsure about the quantity you should order, it is always better to order a little more than what you think you might need. I recommend:
- 2 players – 100 Chips
- 3 to 4 players – 200 Chips
- 5 to 6 players – 400 Chips
- 6 to 7 players – 600 Chips
- 8 to 10+ players – 800 Chips