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At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
 
At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
You can play with a regular NoLimit Breakdown Limit Games. Shouldn't be an issue at all. That ppl prefer limit sets, is because
- you need less changes
- moar chips
- casino style
 
I think 2/4 limit is about the right size for your group. How many players do you have in your group.

$1 chips are the chips you'd want to use. Ideally you should have at least a rack or more for limit/player. For a 2 chip game like 2/4. 1 rack should work ok. Less than that & people will be making change very frequently. 4/8 with $1 chips will require more like 2 racks/player.

You could try just pretending all of your chips are $1. If you can put aside the distraction of different denominations when you are playing as of they are all the same it might work just to try it out.

Make sure you count all your chips both before and after this experiment!
 
How many players do you have in your group.

We have a pool of around 15 and regularly have 10 players each month. I think the last time we didn't have 10 was over a year ago. :)

Going with a rack of $1s per player, plus color up chips, I would need more than 1000 more chips?! This could get expensive.

EDIT: Man, I am really bad at math! I would need 760 more $1s and I could use my existing set for color up. Duh!
 
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At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
Yes, I find that $.25/.$50 NL with a $100 buy in translates well to a $2/$4 Limit game also with $100 buy in (25 big bets and equates to a full rack of $1 chips for each player).
 
At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
$2-$4 limit correlates roughly to $100 buy in games. You might throw a kill or half kill in for additional mayhem :)

If I were in your spot, I'd probably use the $1s at face value and use the 400 $5s you have as $2 chips. Those would be your workhorse.

So a person buying in for $100 would receive 40 '$2s' and 20 $1s. You could start the game 10 handed that way, and handle all rebuys with your $25s and make change at the table.

As a point of reference, in my game we play $4-$8 mixed games with a 1/2 kill on flop games. Typical buy in is $2-300 and we use LE $2s as the workhorse. We routinely have over 1000 chips on the table by the end of the night.

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I'm curious to see how your group responds to this. One night I decided we were going to play limit HE and it was universally despised.
Then the next month we played Stud8 and it was universally loved.

People are weird.
 
Use all your current chips from quarters to $5s as $1. You'd thus have 880 $1 chips.

Use the $25s and $100s at face value as needed.
 
Yes, I find that $.25/.$50 NL with a $100 buy in translates well to a $2/$4 Limit game also with $100 buy in (25 big bets and equates to a full rack of $1 chips for each player).

It all depends on the make up of your players. I host dealers choice, .25/.50 blinds with a $100 max buy in. $2/$4 was way to small. We did 3/6 for awhile. Now we play 4/8 with a half kill and that is really the sweet spot.

That's because playing limit holdem is like watching grass grow. It is banned in my game.

It is horrible. I had a guy call it two months ago. Thank god we only played one orbit of it. It was a great time for me to take a break lol.

I prefer playing triple draw games in the limit format. I am always calling Archie, 2-7, or one of the Badugi variants.
 
Since my crew is holdem only, what would you suggest as a good "starter" variant for them to learn limit?

We usually play a mix of games for an orbit each, but you can always pick one. Ours is typically:

Hold'em variant, some form of pineapple. Usually this is the least popular, but it's the easiest to introduce
Omaha variant, we like showmaha (show 2 of 4 cards before the flop)
Drawing game, always Badugi, though I want to introduce 2-7 triple draw
Some random bullshit from the mixed game plaques or some bizarre game someone describes.

One day I'll get people to play stud, they all insist it's too slow. Definitely try out limit with your regular chipset before committing to 1000+ new chips. People will have to make change, but that's bearable for a single session. Maybe everyone hates limit. I like the suggestion above of playing the $5s as $2s, that could work pretty well.
 
Since my crew is holdem only, what would you suggest as a good "starter" variant for them to learn limit?
Play Hold'Em just to learn the dynamics of limit play. That way your players aren't learning a different game and becoming familiar with limit betting.

Alternatively, you could just jump in to HORSE. Though that may be more effort for you to deal/manage all the different games.

What I did:
I introduced my players to the various HORSE games by playing one or two of them for the first two hours of my normal NLHE poker nights. Eventually, we had all the games under our belts. Then one night, we played exclusively limit HORSE.
 
Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?
Regarding this^^^
I would hesitate to mixing chips where some use the denomination and others don't. i.e. the $25 is face value, but the rest are $1.

Here is another option. Use all of the 25c, $1s, and $5s and treat them as $1. Then keep cash on the table for color ups.

Thirdly... you have quite a few $1s as it is. It wouldn't be that bad to just use the face value if playing $2/$4. You could also play $2/$5 limit. I don't know if anyone has ever done that... I don't see why it wouldn't work.
 
Since my crew is holdem only, what would you suggest as a good "starter" variant for them to learn limit?
Introduce Holdem variants like Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple, Aviation (dealt 4 cards, discard 1 after flop action and 1 after turn action), and Scrotum.

Then branch into Scrotum8 (hi/lo split 8 or better).

Then branch into Omaha.

Then branch into 5 card Omaha.

Then add hi/lo.

Then Draw2maha.

Then SOHE.

You need to ease them into the more complicated games a little at a time.
 
At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
You could probably get away with 1/2 limit with that number of singles and that would be a similar risk level to 25¢-50¢ NL. You could do 30 chips per player 8 handed. $40-$50 would be a decent "typical" buy in so supplement with fives or twenty-fives, the biggest losers may go in for two buy-ins at that amount. It's not ideal, but will probably work well enough to just gauge interest. If you are including stud-games, then include a coupled dollars worth of quarters as well for antes (I would suggest 25¢ ante and 50¢ bring-in on the low card) and then the blinds for button games would be 50¢-1. If you don't have stud games, you can forgo quarters and just do 1-1 blinds on the button games.
 
You could probably get away with 1/2 limit with that number of singles and that would be a similar risk level to 25¢-50¢ NL. You could do 30 chips per player 8 handed. $40-$50 would be a decent "typical" buy in so supplement with fives or twenty-fives, the biggest losers may go in for two buy-ins at that amount. It's not ideal, but will probably work well enough to just gauge interest. If you are including stud-games, then include a coupled dollars worth of quarters as well for antes (I would suggest 25¢ ante and 50¢ bring-in on the low card) and then the blinds for button games would be 50¢-1. If you don't have stud games, you can forgo quarters and just do 1-1 blinds on the button games.
Just would like to add: Alternativ to ante per player you can also make a "Button" ante that equal a small bet.
 
I played limit for years with a multiple chip set, it was still poker and it was still fun. It wasn’t until I got here that I learned about “limit sets.”

Play with what you have (well, drop the 25¢ and $1 if they’re not needed). See where it takes you, and grow from there.

When I started up a new limit game, I played HORSE only for the first (maybe second) night, just to make sure everyone had the right foundation set. I also ran a lower betting structure for the first several nights to work out the kinks of playing new games and introducing new folks to the concept. It was never an issue if something went wrong as the pots were always cheap.

I’ve learned what the crew likes (double-board, hi/low) and pick a game each from the Omaha, HE, draw and stud families to mix it up. I run one game per orbit until we’ve covered all four, then we rotate calling orbits for the rest of the night. I also increased the limits- they’re still low, but that’s because I’m looking at poker as a social catalyst rather than a money making venture.
 
At my home game that I've been hosting for 15+ years, we have always played NLHE and I'd really like to try playing Limit.

I currently have a CPC set with these denoms:

  • $.25 - 240
  • $1 - 240
  • $5 - 400
  • $25 - 100
  • $100 - 20

I'm aware that this set won't work for Limit in the long run, but can I somehow use it to gauge my groups interest in Limit before I go investing in another 1000 CPCs? Maybe temporarily use all the .25s and $5s as $1s or something? Would the 100 $25s be enough for the "color up" chips?

We currently play .25/.50 no limit with $100 buy-in. I was thinking that $2/$4 limit ($1/$2 blinds) would play about the same as far as stakes goes, would this be correct thinking or not?
I’m looking to get into some cash games, if I was interested in your home game. How can I get in contact with you?
 

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