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$20 Buy-In Relaxed Game

Discussion in 'Chip Breakdowns' started by Lefty22, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Lefty22

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    So this probably is going to sound stupid to some of you but in thinking very basic here. I'm looking to put together a set for simple home games. What I mean by simple is $20 buy in for everyone and everyone gets the same amount. I want to keep it simple because the people I would be playing with don't really want to get too in depth and want to play really relaxed but still try and win money.
    I'm thinking 400 or 600 pieces. I know I'm gonna need a lot of the workhorses. I've looked through the threads here but everyone is asking for more specific scenarios. I'm looking to stick to 3 maybe 4 denoms. If I'm missing any info that would be helpful please let me know so I can fill in the empty spots. Thanks!
     
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  2. DrStrange

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    I have hosted a cash game like that once a month for over a decade. $0.25/$0.50, no limit but only a $20 buy-in / rebuy. ( I also host $1/$1 and $1/$2 using the same set up shown below.) Easily enough chips for a full two table game.

    From the Outpost Casino, Ca. In an Ozwoodworking custom rack. 1,200 chips ready for action.

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    200 X $0.25 fractionals
    300 X $1s
    400 X $5s
    200 X $20s
    60 X $25s
    40 X $100

    But you don't need anything close to that for your game. 600 chips, 200 quarters, 300 ones and 100 fives will give you 42+ buy ins at $20 a pop. That is $850 in total bank.

    I experimented running this game using only quarters and ones. If you do that, I recommend at least 600 $1 chips to go with 200 quarters. It made for some nice mountains of chips pushed to the winners of the best pots.

    Don't get $0.50 chip and $0.25 for use at the same time. Use only one or the other. Same thing with $2 chips or $10 chips.

    DrStrange
     
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  3. CaptLego

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    I play in a monthly neighborhood game. $20 buy-in. Definitely not serious poker, just some guys getting together for a good time. We play dealer's choice, 0.25 - $1 spread limit. For that game, I had a custom 500 chip set made with this breakdown:
    $0.25 X 300
    $1 X 140
    $5 X 40
    $20 X 20

    That's 500 chips, $815 bank
    The .25 is the real workhorse chip, and the $1 is the max bet/raise. For starting stacks, we use:
    40 X $0.25
    10 X $1

    Occasionally, a rebuy will get a couple of $5 chips into the game. So far, the $20 chips have not seen the felt.
    As I said, not a serious game. Very loose and wild. At the end of the night, nobody has made or lost enough to make a noticeable difference in their wallet. But we always have a good time.
     
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  4. Lefty22

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    Hmmm this is good. I'll take this into consideration along with the one below this. I want to make sure I get the right breakdown so I only have to buy once. But buying more is always an option. Thanks for the info!
     
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  5. Lefty22

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    Sounds like your game is about the same as what I'm gonna be working with. A little bit different breakdown than the one above me so it gives me a little thinking to do. Thanks for the info! I'll definitely take it into consideration!
     
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  6. Craig D

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    100x5c 100x25c 370x$1 30x$20 Bank $1000

    $20 buy in friendly game requires a chip smaller than 25c

    Have fun
     
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    Follow the Doctor's advice and skip the .50 cent denom. Most players aren't going to fold over a quarter. Keep in mind that regularly hosted home games usually take on a life of their own and will evolve over time, so you might as well shoot for a big bank if you intend to buy 500 chips for a $20 game.

    120 x .25
    180 x $1
    180 x $5
    20 x $20 (or $25)

    Generally speaking, the above breakdown will support a full ring $40 to $60 buy-in game. This leaves you plenty of room for growth.
     
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    I don't know your stakes. Is it .25/.50 blinds or .05/.10 ?
    I host a weekly .25/.50 game and just want to point out the $1 is the workhorse chip. If those are your stakes, you may want to keep that in mind. I have 360 $1's in my set. I'd be comfortable if I only had 300 $1's, but I wouldn't be with less than that.
    Good Luck
     
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