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Standard Poker Chip Colors



What Colors and Values Are Standard for Poker Chips? - Most of the articles I write are aimed at people who are playing poker online for the first time. But sometimes people who play online don't know what color chips are worth what denominations, and this article is for them.

Poker Chip Colors

When you're playing poker online, it's all numbers, and you don't have to worry about what color chips are worth what amounts. You don't even have to worry about having enough chips, or where to get the chips. But if you're hosting a home game for the first time, you're going to need to know some things about poker chips, especially colors and values.

How Many Poker Chips Do I Need?

You can never have too many poker chips, that's for sure. But the minimum you can usually get away with when hosting  a small home game is 500 chips of varying colors. One caveat too; don't buy those rinky-dink plastic poker chips. They're cheap and insignificant, and you want your bets and raises to feel significant. So buy the clay poker chips, the heavier the better, at least 11 grams per chip or more.

What Are the Poker Chips Worth?

They're actually worth anything you want them to be worth. But I can give you some standard colors and values in the chart below; it's not a bad idea at all to stick with these standards, since at some point in your poker career you'll play somewhere with someone who has definite ideas about what the different color poker chips are worth. This is for a standard poker chip set:

Color Value Number of Chips
White $1 150
Red $5 150
Green $25 100
Black $100 100

There are some other things you want to know about buying a poker chip set. For one thing, you don't want to buy chips with pre-printed denominations on them. If your group decides to change the stakes, you'll want the chips to be blank so that you can just announce it. If the denominations are preprinted on the chips and you change the stakes, you and your guests will very possibly wind up confused about what the poker chips are worth.

This page was last updated on January 5, 2006.