Are you married to chip denom colors? (3 Viewers)

In general I'm a traditionalist, white, red, green, black, but I do love a nice blue one which I'm in the hunt for at the moment (if anybody has good suggestions.

I'm just now starting to come around to Cali colors although I think most of the guys in my game would have an issue with it.

Even more so are standard denoms. We brought out a 20 once and everybody was using them as increments of $25 ha
 
Am I married to standard chip colors? Nah

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Your money, your chips so you can do whatever the heck you want.

As long as they are denominated, you should be perfectly fine.
 
Have you not read the new member start here thread? (Link in signature)

There are two standards, Nevada and Cali - I dislike red, and I love the Cali standard. I do like orange, and I have seen a purple 5, you'll want to make sure the set has denoms on it.
I’d say Atlantic City is another standard with $1s always white. Actually most of the country may be on that “standard”.

To the OP @rainy_trails - me personally….yes I’m absolutely married to traditional colors. Being a short drive from AC, many of my poker friends play there on a regular basis. When I had my first ASM set made 20 years ago I made sure the colors were the same. I even made some .50 chips with pink in them like $2.50 chips for blackjack in AC. Not only did it make it easier it added a lot to the cool factor (along with a nice table and cards) of having a legit casino quality setup at home.

Personally it drives me nuts playing with different colors and when I play in other home games, it’s common to use the “wrong” colors….usually dice chips. I realize poker chip enthusiasts are doing it deliberately, but it always reminds me of playing at some pickup neighborhood game with cheap chips, paper cards, a hard kitchen table, and a host/players that do not know better. ;)

AC and Vegas are close enough I don’t care (really just blue vs white $1s) but California colors and denominations ($20s vs $25) drive me nuts :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:. If I lived and played in CA I may adopt those colors for a set (but would probably do Vegas colors) . Personally I think it’s cool to adopt what the casinos or card rooms in your region use.
 
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If the chips are denominated, usually it's not an issue to mix up the colors a bit. I personally like when 1 or maybe 2 chips in the lineup are nontraditional colors - mix in a green fiver or a red quarter. Two of my custom sets follow that thought:

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I personally find sets where all the chips are wildly different colors a little distracting. And what I would strongly caution against is using all/most traditional colors, but just out of proper order. I played in a game once with the following chips colors/denoms:

25c: white
$1: red
$5: green
And was like....

Yeah i feel ya at the end of your response lol i’m thinking of getting these chips (.25/1/5) but the .25 looks red? maybe i’m overthinking it. I’ll either love them and won’t care, or it will itch my brain whenever i get them lol Chips in question:
 

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My group will never play with non-Vegas based colors (red $5s, green $25s, black $10s is a must)...it was close to a group walk-out a few years ago when I broke out a cali set to play in our $5/$10/$25 game....

that doesn't mean you shouldn't have non-conventional sets... although this set is unlikely to ever see play in my weekly, it was used at Matt's (@Irish) last meet-up in 2023...fun times

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Non standard colors are not terrible if you have not more than 3 denominations on the table. Its like playing with chips without denomination. I can handle 3 but 4 is getting too much.
 
Yeah i feel ya at the end of your response lol i’m thinking of getting these chips (.25/1/5) but the .25 looks red? maybe i’m overthinking it. I’ll either love them and won’t care, or it will itch my brain whenever i get them lol Chips in question:
I would say it’s more of a red/orange mix and it matches the edge spot on the blue chip. I have a full set of these (some traditional colors, some not) so if there is something specific you’d like to see just PM me.
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I’d say Atlantic City is another standard with $1s always white. Actually most of the country may be on that “standard”.

To the OP @rainy_trails - me personally….yes I’m absolutely married to traditional colors. Being a short drive from AC, many of my poker friends play there on a regular basis. When I had my first ASM set made 20 years ago I made sure the colors were the same. I even made some .50 chips with pink in them like $2.50 chips for blackjack in AC. Not only did it make it easier it added a lot to the cool factor (along with a nice table and cards) of having a legit casino quality setup at home.

Personally it drives me nuts playing with different colors and when I play in other home games, it’s common to use the “wrong” colors….usually dice chips. I realize poker chip enthusiasts are doing it deliberately, but it always reminds me of playing at some pickup neighborhood game with cheap chips, paper cards, a hard kitchen table, and a host/players that do not know better. ;)

AC and Vegas are close enough I don’t care (really just blue vs white $1s) but California colors and denominations ($20s vs $25) drive me nuts :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:. If I lived and played in CA I may adopt those colors for a set (but would probably do Vegas colors) . Personally I think it’s cool to adopt what the casinos or card rooms in your region use.
I can totally see how people get used to denoms based off their casino experiences. My home game is a bunch of new players who have no preference, but we have been playing with $5 red. $.1 white .25 blue which makes me associate $5 with red now lol
 
I can totally see how people get used to denoms based off their casino experiences. My home game is a bunch of new players who have no preference, but we have been playing with $5 red. $.1 white .25 blue which makes me associate $5 with red now lol
Well being that casino no longer have denominations lower than $1, anything else is completely open to personal interpretation ;)
 
Hey y’all, I was wondered what you guys think about deviating from the standard chip colors. Ex: $5 being red
Regardless of your subjective artistic value towards the chip itself, does the base color have to be standard? Would it mess up your home game if you got a new set with different denom colors — like the $5 is purple now lol

I have numerous sets with different base colors. My group doesn't have any issues with it.

I love variety
 
For me and most people that I know it just makes things easier to go with standard colors. Obviously people adjust quickly, but it saves time and confusion to go with what people already know.

For chip enthusiasts that have several sets I like the idea of having a Cali color set or another (maybe tourney set) with non standard colors for some variety and just because more chips is better. I would make sure that my 1st couple sets were standard colors.

For you guys that are like "I live near AC & the standard $1 is white everwhere: you all have to get out a little. Around half of Vegas has blue and I've got news for you: Vegas is a whole lot bigger than AC. I'm solidly in the blue $1 camp for 2 reasons: 1) it looks better and 2) Blue shows dirt a LOT less than white. Furthermore, blue is at the very least well established as an acceptable color for $1 after all the Bellagio, Paris LV, Winn, Golden Nugget, Caesars, Mirage, etc, etc all use Blue as a $1 so if it is good enough for them it is certainly good enough for my home game set.
 
For you guys that are like "I live near AC & the standard $1 is white everwhere: you all have to get out a little. Around half of Vegas has blue and I've got news for you: Vegas is a whole lot bigger than AC. I'm solidly in the blue $1 camp for 2 reasons: 1) it looks better and 2) Blue shows dirt a LOT less than white. Furthermore, blue is at the very least well established as an acceptable color for $1 after all the Bellagio, Paris LV, Winn, Golden Nugget, Caesars, Mirage, etc, etc all use Blue as a $1 so if it is good enough for them it is certainly good enough for my home game set.
Who says this? I’m outside Philly so AC is my “home casino turf”. That said I’ve played in numerous casinos in Vegas. They have blue chips for $1s. AC doesn’t. I’m close to AC so I go with white. Also, if you play outside of either place or watch poker vlogs in random cards rooms you will see white $1s are extremely common….like in TX.

I played at the Wynn in Vegas and the Wynn Encore in Boston in the course of a month. Unlike in Vegas, their Boston casino uses white $1s
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I think a lot depends on how regular your game is, and how stable your player pool is.

If people play in the same few home games consistently, they should have no problem adjusting to each game’s chip colors, no matter how unconventional.

I live 60-90 minutes from the nearest two casinos, don’t really like driving and just don’t get to them much. So I play regularly in my own game and two others, plus a fourth very occasionally.

As soon as I sit down and see the chips in each game, (eye) muscle memory kicks in. The chips could have no writing on them and I would still know which colors meant 1, 5, 25 and 100. (Also used to play in a twice-monthly tourney, but gave that up for cash.)

If I join a new game, it seldom takes more than a few hands to adjust to their chips.

My own set has fairly unusual color/spot combos. New players in my game may take an orbit or so to get comfortable with the scheme the first time they play, but I have never had anyone struggle with it or complain.

And more to the point, 98% of the time the table is full of people who have been there a dozen+ times, and so have stopped thinking about the colors ages ago.
 
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Working on my custom Futurama set right now. This question has me torn. I'm honestly leaning non standard. Our $20 buy in games don't get to use many denominations but I still want more of the bright fun colors to hit the felt. I'll probably be some place in the middle. Green .25s, red .50s, Blue $1s, maybe a pink or orange for 5's. Black $10s. Something like that
 
Another point—I find in rural areas like mine, distant from any casino, a lot of people only play in one or at most two games.

I’ve met older players who have never played poker in a casino except maybe during their one big Vegas trip years ago.

So per above, I think a lot of recreational players don’t really encounter multiple chipsets and schemes. I am the only regular host in my area (that I know of) who has non-injection mold chips. They know the chips in their one or two games and that’s it.

Only PCFers have custom sets, let alone multiple custom sets in rotation.
 
Who says this? I’m outside Philly so AC is my “home casino turf”. That said I’ve played in numerous casinos in Vegas. They have blue chips for $1s. AC doesn’t. I’m close to AC so I go with white. Also, if you play outside of either place or watch poker vlogs in random cards rooms you will see white $1s are extremely common….like in TX.

I played at the Wynn in Vegas and the Wynn Encore in Boston in the course of a month. Unlike in Vegas, their Boston casino uses white $1s
This topic has been discussed at length in other threads. There are a lot of people that like white and there are a lot of people that like blue for $1 chips. I think both are acceptable. I just happen to prefer blue for the stated reasons.
 
This topic has been discussed at length in other threads. There are a lot of people that like white and there are a lot of people that like blue for $1 chips. I think both are acceptable. I just happen to prefer blue for the stated reasons.
You never even see $1 chips in my area. Only one casino out of like 10 that does any stakes below $5. Sometimes see a poker room with lower stakes but only like during the day on a Tuesday
 
You never even see $1 chips in my area. Only one casino out of like 10 that does any stakes below $5. Sometimes see a poker room with lower stakes but only like during the day on a Tuesday
Well you have to go to places with a card room.
I don't think 1/2 or even 2/5nl are going away any time soon.
 
Another point—I find in rural areas like mine, distant from any casino, a lot of people only play in one or at most two games.

I’ve met older players who have never played poker in a casino except maybe during their one big Vegas trip years ago.

So per above, I think a lot of recreational players don’t really encounter multiple chipsets and schemes. I am the only regular host in my area (that I know of) who has non-injection mold chips. They know the chips in their one or two games and that’s it.

Only PCFers have custom sets, let alone multiple custom sets in rotation.
This is pretty much exactly my situation and thinking.
 
Most of my group plays home games with non-denoms so as long as we agree on the color it doesn’t matter. I do try to keep the red being 5 though and I typically use the same color for value every game. For instance red always 5 blue always 1. If we change the stakes I still keep the colors in value order. White is usually a quarter or the lowest denom
 
Vegas vs Cali colors..... tourney vs cash.... why not both?

I have a custom 1/4-pie design in progress that incorporates both color schemes simultaneously in a single CA-cash/std-tourney set using no duplicate colors:

.25 / 25 -- red/green
1.00 / 100 -- blue/charcoal
5.00 / 500 -- yellow/purple
20.00 / 2000 -- black/orange
100.00 / 10000 -- white/pink

Cali cash colors when viewing one axis, non-Cali tourney colors on the other axis.

Denominations on inlay/label that can be read either way, but they are oriented left-right with the CA cash colors using decimal points on one chip face, and oriented left-right with the tourney colors (and no decimal point) on the opposite face.

Ten denominations using five distinct chips, with two poker uses in one single set, and with zero color duplications. Perfect?
 

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