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I played 1/3 NL at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs recently. I sat down at a 1/3 table and had to ask if I was at a limit table as every player had stacks of (ugly brown) $2 chips in front of them. I guess they use $2 chips there instead of $1 or $5 for that limit. Seemed pretty strange to me and was hard as hell to get used to counting out my bets! Anyone else played with a $2 chip in a NL game? Would like to see some prettier $2 chip pron if you have it!

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There were a good number of them on the NL tables opening day in Cincinnati (don't think they use them for NL anymore)

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There were a good number of them on the NL tables opening day in Cincinnati (don't think they use them for NL anymore)

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That's a pretty complex spot pattern for a low value chip. Better looking than my example for sure! I assume agua uses $2 chips because of the tendency towards low max buyins in California. For example the commerce and bike max out at 40 and 60 for 1/2 games. It would feel pretty silly to have 8-12 chips in your stack so they use $1 chips. The agua had a buyin of $60-300 but I think wants to cater to the habits of the local poker culture.
 

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I played 1/3 NL at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs recently. I sat down at a 1/3 table and had to ask if I was at a limit table as every player had stacks of (ugly brown) $2 chips in front of them. I guess they use $2 chips there instead of $1 or $5 for that limit. Seemed pretty strange to me and was hard as hell to get used to counting out my bets! Anyone else played with a $2 chip in a NL game? Would like to see some prettier $2 chip pron if you have it!

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MD live still uses $1, $2, and $5 on the 1/2 tables. The blue $2 sometimes gets confused with the green $25th.
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I hate when the $2 chips are in the 1-2(1-3) game. Especially when they are green and I mess up my counts thinking they are $25s(Venetian)
 

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I hate when the $2 chips are in the 1-2(1-3) game. Especially when they are green and I mess up my counts thinking they are $25s(Venetian)

Agreed, I've seen the $2 chips at the Hard Rock in Tampa creep into the 1/2 NL games and I don't like it either.
 

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You should then never visit a Dutch casino. They have € 2 and € 10 chips here i.s.o. € 1 and € 5 for a € 2/€ 2 game.

Also, the rake is outrageous here: 10% with a max of € 10. And you have to pay for drinks, and there are no comps. You're lucky they let you through the door. They're not there for you, you're there for them, and they let you know and feel that in every way possible.

I F$*CKING HATE Dutch casinos. Can't wait to play in Vegas again.

Just 6 more days :)
 

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May I ask what exactly is the issue with a $2 chip? I have never played in a game with one so I am just curious here. Is it just because we don't use a $2 form of currency in real life?
 

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May I ask what exactly is the issue with a $2 chip? I have never played in a game with one so I am just curious here. Is it just because we don't use a $2 form of currency in real life?


It's just unnecessary in a 1/2 NL game. It'd be like having 0.25 and 0.50 chips in a game, you only need one, not both.
 

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they use $2 chips along with $1, $5, $25 and $100 chips in the $1/2 and $2/5 NLHE games at parx and i hate it. totally useless.

i have seen a couple places use $1 and $3 chips exclusively for $1/3 NLHE games, but i can't remember where. i don't mind that in theory and i guess i don't mind using exclusively $2 chips for a $1/2 NLHE game in theory. i just don't like mixing such near denominations.

i've mentioned before that parx uses only $10 and $100 chips in the $10/10 NLHE games and that runs really well. it has made me want to use $1 chips and $20 chips for a $1/1 NL/PL game at home. people are just too accustomed to using $5 chips at that level, though.
 

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May I ask what exactly is the issue with a $2 chip? I have never played in a game with one so I am just curious here. Is it just because we don't use a $2 form of currency in real life?

$5 chips along with $1 chips is a much more efficient structure and I found it a bit more difficult to count out bets with $2 chips.

20x1 - 20
20x5 - 100
20x2 - 40 ....just awkward guess I could've done 25 stacks for 50 but then it's hard to split the stack for bets and counting
 

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they use $2 chips along with $1, $5, $25 and $100 chips in the $1/2 and $2/5 NLHE games at parx and i hate it. totally useless.

i have seen a couple places use $1 and $3 chips exclusively for $1/3 NLHE games, but i can't remember where. i don't mind that in theory and i guess i don't mind using exclusively $2 chips for a $1/2 NLHE game in theory. i just don't like mixing such near denominations.

i've mentioned before that parx uses only $10 and $100 chips in the $10/10 NLHE games and that runs really well. it has made me want to use $1 chips and $20 chips for a $1/1 NL/PL game at home. people are just too accustomed to using $5 chips at that level, though.

Wouldn't the parallel be $1 and $10s? Seems like the spread between $1 and $20 would be too much.

Played some 1/3 NL cash at the WSOP and they had $2 chips on the table. Definitely a waste. Dealer says they do it because it keeps them from having to empty out the rake very often, but I don't recall many pots where there was less than the $5 max rate taken in the few hours that I played there.
 

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Wouldn't the parallel be $1 and $10s? Seems like the spread between $1 and $20 would be too much.

yeah, but i wouldn't get a set exclusively for the game and i wouldn't have any use for $10 chips otherwise, so i just figured i'd make them $20s.
 

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anyone have an extra Hard Rock Tampa $2 current chip they want to let go? I was just there last month and only picked up a $1 and a $5
 

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anyone have an extra Hard Rock Tampa $2 current chip they want to let go? I was just there last month and only picked up a $1 and a $5

I'm 15 minutes from that casino, the next time I'm there I can pick them up (for you and anyone else who wants a chip) if no one else has them to ship.
 

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super , thanks! I usually just ask for a 1 and 5 because no one seems to have the other low denominations. I need to start asking for one of everything $5 and under :) I was only there a short time as it was my last night of a business trip (conference was outside of Disney) and I decided at 11pm that I was going to drive out there to check out the casino. Played a quick few games, got my chips, and was out the door. Squeezed in some fast passes at Epcot early the next morning after a short cat nap and flew out home at lunch. Probably should have gone earlier...would have had more time to play and a bit more time to sleep. I do like the style of the chips with the guitars.
 

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Bankers Casino in Salinas CA uses primarily $2 chips for their $200 max 1-2NL game. It's actually a very clean and efficient game since the players and dealers are all accustomed to it. Just buy in for a rack of $200. $20s make their way into play for color ups.

The cincy $2 chips don't play in any games other than the 6-12o8 game and the $500's don't play in any games in the poker room. Both look way too similar to the $100s in person.
 

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I see $1 and $2 chips on the $1/$2 NL table at Hochunk Wisconsin Dells - confusing would be an overstatement, but it just seems unnecessary and inefficient. $1, $5, $25 just makes for a nice clean game.
 

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I don't mind if a 1/2 NL game - or a 2/4 limit game - is made primarily of $2 chips; the legal betting increments will all be $2 or more. But you do need to account for the small blind, which requires a 1/2 bet chip, so the $1 is necessary and makes sense - you just need to ensure that there are lots fewer of them than there are $2 chips.

My $.50/$1 game had a half-dollar chips just for the small blind, and my current two-bit poker game has quarters as the lowest primary chip, but includes half-quarters for the small blinds. Everyone gets along fine at either game, because we're all used to it. (Although I'll admit the occasional multi-way all in with loose bits can get a little hairy.)
 

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You should then never visit a Dutch casino. They have € 2 and € 10 chips here i.s.o. € 1 and € 5 for a € 2/€ 2 game.

Also, the rake is outrageous here: 10% with a max of € 10. And you have to pay for drinks, and there are no comps. You're lucky they let you through the door. They're not there for you, you're there for them, and they let you know and feel that in every way possible.

I F$*CKING HATE Dutch casinos. Can't wait to play in Vegas again.

Just 6 more days :)

Australia is just as bad, if not worse
 
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