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A Guide to Poker Chips and Accessories
The popularity of poker has exploded in recent years due to the telecasting of multi-million dollar poker tournaments on cable and free-to-air tv. The interest in poker has led to increased demand for poker chip sets, playing cards and all sorts of poker accessories!
If you want to host your own poker tournament, the first thing you’re going to need is a poker chip set. Most mass produced poker chips are made of a composite material (plastic or clay with a metal insert) and come in an aluminium or wooden case.
The number of poker chips you need will depend on the number of poker players in your home game or tournament. A 500 poker chip set will be enough to host a 10 player tournament, and 1000 poker chip set will be enough to host a 16 to 30 player tournament! Sets are usually also available in quantities of 100 and 200 poker chips, but if it’s within your budget, buy more rather than less as everyone likes a big stack of poker chips in front of them when they start! A 500 poker chip set will be enough for most poker games. If you want to personalise your set, check out the special poker chip labels. Slap ‘em on and watch your friends turn green with envy!
The only thing you really need besides poker chips are playing cards. Almost all sets include one or two packs of paper cards, but if you’re serious about playing poker, you’ll want to get a higher quality deck of plastic playing cards as they’ll last much longer. KEM, Bicycle and Copag are generally recognised as high quality card manufacturers.
But if you really want to impress your friends, you’ll want to think about buying a poker table, card shuffler, dealer shoe, dealer button, poker timer or even a card guard to bring you luck! And if you want to beat your mates at the game, you might want to investigate one or two poker DVDs too!
Good luck, and remember the words of Kenny Rogers:
You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away, know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done