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ArielVer18

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What's the consensus on a good single table chip breakdown for limit? At least 800? 1000? As much as I can afford?

I used to play a lot of limit holdem and some 4 chip 8 chip games with a kill can have thousands of chips on the table. Obviously, casinos have deeper pockets than me, so I don't know if that's realistic in a home game setting.

I purchased 1600 $1s a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten the chance to put them all into use yet (something about a pandemic). I'm wondering if I purchased too much or if I actually need to add-on.

I didn't want to necropost in similar threads from the past. Mods, please delete this if inappropriate.
 

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For a single table, most will say you have plenty. But the only way to know is to run your game and see how it feels. Maybe you'd rather not have that many chips on the table, maybe you want more. Do you have any value chips? $20s or something like that?
 

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I read that already. Again, I didn't want to necropost in similar threads from the past. Maybe opinions have changed in the last few years?

For a single table, most will say you have plenty. But the only way to know is to run your game and see how it feels. Maybe you'd rather not have that many chips on the table, maybe you want more. Do you have any value chips? $20s or something like that?
I have some crumbling $25s I'll need to replace someday. I also have 20 bricks of fake one dollar bills that can serve as $100s each.
 

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Then you're all set to go. Run some games (when you feel it's safe), and see how it goes. But you're positioned very well, should just come down to preference and how your group plays.
 

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In a 4/8 chip structure I would want 2 racks of workhouse chips per player.

I use a 2/4 chip structure (and 3/6 chip half kill) and most people buy in for 1 rack to start with a few going right for 2 racks.

My set has 1400 workhorse chips and 2 racks of big value chips. It is designed for 7 players of mixed games.

By about 2 hours into the game all of the workhorse chips are in play.
 

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I purchased 1600 $1s a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten the chance to put them all into use yet (something about a pandemic). I'm wondering if I purchased too much or if I actually need to add-on.

That's a good start.

Before the shutdown I was hosting 2/4 limit mix (optional overs to 4/8) with 800 singles and 100 twenties. Worked just fine. But of course Moar is always better :)!
 
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That's a good start.

Before the shutdown I was hosting 2/4 limit mix (optional overs to 4/8) with 800 singles and 100 twenties. Worked just fine. But of course Moar is always better :)!

The Pr0n.

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/thre...ets-more-limit-sets.14545/page-13#post-996593

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I consider 250 to be the magic number for your workhorse denominations. If you’re playing 1/2 you want a lot of $1s and $5s. 250 with eight players is 30 per, enough to be comfortable in a 2 or 3 denomination system. With ten players, you have enough chips for everybody to buy-in for 30BB and not need a problematic over-value chip...

For example...
10 players, 50c/$1 limit Hold’Em
You have 250 chips of each denomination (25c/$1)
$30 buy-in
24 x 25c
24 x $1
...and $12.50 left if someone needs to reload

Try that with 200 per denomination
$30 buy-in
20 x 25c
20 x $1
1 x $5
...bets cap at $4, so that $5 chip is a little awkward.
Use a $2 perhaps?

250 per denomination eliminates that problem.

That said, with limit games more is always better. There’s a strong argument for 300-400-500 of your workhorse(s). Some players prefer to go casino style, buy thousands of chips, and simply dole out a rack of 100 x $1 to all players at a 2/4 table.
 

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Single chip breakdown idea:

If you’re playing LHE or other blind games (no ante games), assign a simple single value:
  • 1 chip = small blind
  • 2 chips = small bet (and big blind)
  • 4 chips = big bet
Playing $4/$8? Make each chip $2. Playing $3/$6? Be daring and do $1.50 chips! Why not? There is a comfortable elegance to showing up to play $2/$4, slapping down $100, and starting with a rack of white.

1000 chips—ready to roll! Unless you play stud games with antes, then either get 2000 chips or add a color...

That said, I’m More of a 3-color guy...

Playing $0.50/$1 I’ll have 10c, 25c, and $1 chips on the table, with the latter two in roughly equal amounts. Feels more natural to me, and I like to have multiple colors of glorious chips gracing the table.

With a 3-color set-up, the magic number to remember is 250. Using a standard 1-5-25-100-500 value progression, 250 chips of every workhorse denom makes it so 10 players can buy-in for 30 big bets and not need an a value chip. Playing $0.50/$1, if you have at least 250 each of 25c and $1 chips you won’t have to introduce $5 chips, which are problematic because big bet streets cap at $4. As a side bar $2 chips (and $10), a rare treat, can be enormously useful in limit sets.
 
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Single chip breakdown idea:

If you’re playing LHE or other blind games (no ante games), assign a simple single value:
  • 1 chip = small blind
  • 2 chips = small bet (and big blind)
  • 4 chips = big bet

Give it a shot. I personally do not like too many colors on the table. The somewhat outdated recommended minimum breakdown I followed from a different forum is:

NL/PL - three different colors
  • 100x Blinds
  • 300x Workhorse
  • 200x High Value
  • $100 bills allowed on the table
Fixed Limit - two colors
  • 900x blinds and workhorse
  • 100x High value (these chips are to never enter the pot)

I know PCFers tend to prefer the 100/200/300/80/20 breakdown for NL/PL. Fixed limit seems to be as many chips as you can afford.
 

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Fixed limit seems to be as many chips as you can afford.
Rght?! The more, the better seems to rule the day. I won’t even consider anything short of 600 chips total & 200+ workhorse/sidepony as a funtioning 8-player set, yet NL players do cartwheels over 500 piece sets for their 10-player games. My dream set would feature 400-500 of each denomination.
 

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In a 4/8 chip structure I would want 2 racks of workhouse chips per player.

I use a 2/4 chip structure (and 3/6 chip half kill) and most people buy in for 1 rack to start with a few going right for 2 racks.

My set has 1400 workhorse chips and 2 racks of big value chips. It is designed for 7 players of mixed games.

By about 2 hours into the game all of the workhorse chips are in play.

^^^^ THIS ^^^^

My limit sets have 1,600 workhorse in case I wanna have 8-players but for most of the mixed games, especially the triple draw ones, 8-players is usually too many.
 
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