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Okay so I just ordered a 10 person table and honestly do not see having more people then that at any one time. I have bought about $200 in samples and thus far I'm leaning toward the Tiki ceramic chips. So 2 questions. First one is I haven't really played poker in over 10 years so I am just getting back into it. Before I buy a set is there a spot where you can see new chips that are being released soon? I guess I do not know how often places make new different chips. 2nd for a 10 person tournament style game any thoughts on the chip counts? I would like to use most of the Tiki colors. Just know sure what to start blinds at. Casino by me runs 3/6 blinds but they never go up so should I start there with $1 chips in the mix?
 

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OK it sounds like you played at a 3/6 limit table at a casino or something. That is a straight cash table. Tournaments are very different. There are tons of threads here with people asking for help with their tournaments (one of them is mine too so don't feel bad asking for help). But we need a little more knowledge of what you want to do, such as tournament length, desired starting stack size, things like that.
 

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First decision you meed to make is whether you want to host cash games (fixed blinds, multiple buy-ins, no set time limit) or tournaments (escalating blinds, fixed monetary outlay, preset duration). Beyond that, determine the actual stakes your group will be willing to play for.

Generally speaking, about 600 chips (100/200/200/80/20) are needed for a single-table cash set, and around 400 chips (120/120/50/75/35) for a single-table tourney set.
 
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There are free samples of many different types of chips available to forum members near the top of the General section. Since you've already spent $200 on samples, I'm assuming your overall chip budget is north of that.
 

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First decision you meed to make is whether you want to host cash games (fixed blinds, multiple buy-ins, no set time limit) or tournaments (escalating blinds, fixed monetary outlay, preset duration). Beyond that, determine the actual stakes your group will be willing to play for.

Generally speaking, about 600 chips (100/200/200/80/20) are needed for a single-table cash set, and around 400 chips (120/120/50/75/35) for a single-table tourney set.
@Chef1231, you would be wise to listen to @BGinGA. He is one of the resident experts on here when it comes to tournaments. I would add that it does not necessarily need to be an "or." Maybe you want to play cash games and tournaments. However, if you do decide to play both cash games and tournaments, I would recommend not having the same chips for both sets for security purposes. You don't want to risk a tournament chip "disappearing" and showing up in your cash game, and vice versa.

Also, there is a difference in breakdowns for ideal sets for limit cash games vs. no-limit cash games. @BGinGA's single-table cash set is a good breakdown for a no-limit cash game. However, if you want to play limit, the recommendation is generally a 1000/100 breakdown for a 10-player game, where the higher denomination (i.e., the 100 chips) is a multiple of 20 of the lower denomination (i.e., the 1000 chips) , and you have one rack (100 chips) of the lower denomination for each player at the table.
 

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The 'perfect' set:

200 x 5c
400 x 25c
600 x $1
1200 x $5
200 x $20
200 x $25
200 x $100
1800 x no-denom 'a'
200 x no-denom 'b'
200 x T5
200 x T25
200 x T100
200 x T500
200 x T1000
200 x T2000
200 x T5000
200 x T10000
200 x T25000
200 x T100000
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7.000 chips

Good for two-table big-bet cash games ranging from 5c/5c to 2/5 stakes, two-table fixed-limit cash games (any stakes), and tournaments up to 20 players using T5-base, T25-base (25 players), T100-base, T500-base, T1000-base, and T5000-base (all of which can be configured using either a T500-T1000-T5000 or a T500-T2000-T10000 configuration).

Bookmark it.
 

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Hi,
Before you buy your ceramic chips, please consider how slippery they are and difficult to stack. While not as pretty as ceramic, my players prefer clay chips that easily stack to the ceiling and grip very well. Just a thought. Good luck with what ever you decide.
 

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Hey everyone thank you for the input. So truth is I really do not have anyone to play with on a regular basis. I just have a little extra coin and enjoy the game. Sounds like I can get 10 people from work that would want to play every once in a while and my wife and daughter like to play for fun too. I just tend to go over board when I decide to do something. I do not really have a chip budget if I love the chips. I just have not touched the right one yet to justify spending a large amount. I was looking at some cheaper ones just to see how this goes with people playing. I would hate to buy the Paulson Lucky Lady set I have been looking at only to not have people want to play. Seems like the poker boom back when Moneymaker won is >>>>
 

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You can never lose with Paulsons. By far the best chip on the market and if your game doesn't work out they are easily resellable
 
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