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Odd Chip Denominations And There Use.

Discussion in 'Chip Breakdowns' started by viet rounder, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. viet rounder

    viet rounder Well-Known Member

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    Good day my fellow CTers,

    Recently I've been brainstorming some new ideas for a possible future custom cash game set. I see that in many of the poker rooms there seems to be a good deal of unconventional denominations being used. As mostly a $1/2-$200 buy-in cash game player in both home games and casinos I mainly use the $1, $5, and $25. I need to know what use there are for the odd denominations and figure that CT would be the place. Can anyone shed some light on the uses of the following denominations and give their opinion on whether or not it adds anything to the game. Thanks

    $2 Chip
    $2.5 Chip
    $3 Chip
    $4 Chip
    $8 Chip
    $10 Chip
    $20 Chip
     
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    I like to use $20 chips as value chips, especially in my limit games (2/4 and $3/6, for the most part). Rebuys are usually in increments of $20, and making change is easy: a barrel of $1 chips equals one $20 chip. Both of my custom cash sets have $20 chips instead of $25s.

    I can see using a $2 chip in a $4/8 or $6/12 game, but when I host we just use lots of $1s.

    As far as I know, $3 and $4 chips are usually drop chips. $10 chips could be used in $20/40, $30/60, and $40/80 games.
     
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    A $2.50 (snapper) chip is used in a $5 minimum blackjack game.
     
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    viet rounder Well-Known Member

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    As a player who strictly plays NL this will come off as a very novice question. When stating 3/6 or 20/40 is that in reference to the small/big blind or is it the min/max bet in a limit game?
     
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    Small bet and big bet. For example, in a 7-card stud game at $3/6, the first two betting rounds are at $3 and the last two betting rounds are at $6. (There are four betting rounds total in 7-card stud.) There are often limits on the number of raises, usually 3 or 4 raises on each betting round except when the action is heads up. Limit games are often played with stacks of the workhorse chip, in this case $1 chips. A common starting stack is 25 bet bets, which in this case would be $150. Here's an example from an $8/16 game (wish it were mine):

    From an 8-16 game.jpg
     
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    viet rounder Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Abby,

    Just a few more questions while we're at it. So in a 3/6 game does that mean you can ONLY bet 3 or 6? A $4 or $5 bet is not possible, correct? Also, in NL poker the buyin amount is usually 100x the BB. How does the blind structure work in a limit game?
     
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    Correct, and correct.

    Although buy-ins of 25 big bets are common in limit games, there is no need to cap the buy-in. Even if you buy in for $1,000, in a $3/6 game you can only bet or raise $3 on the small-bet rounds. Most rooms and home games do have a minimum buy-in, such as 5 big bets ($30 for a $3/6 game). In our local $2/4 or $3/6 limit games I'll usually buy in for $200-300. I like to have lots of chips in front of me. :)

    The big blind is equal to the small bet -- that's $3 in a $3/6 game. The small blind is usually one-half of the big blind, but if the big blind is an odd amount, the small blind is usually rounded up or down. For example, in a $3/6 game the blinds are either $1/3 or $2/3.

    Sometimes limit games are described as a 2-chip/4-chip game, or a 3-chip/6-chip game. The infamous pink-chip game seen in some casinos is played with $2.50 chips and is usually a $7.50/$15 game, with blinds of either $2.50/7.50 or $5/7.50. I've read that in AC the blinds are $5/$7.50 (2 chips/3 chips).

    There are some exceptions to the above (e.g., single-draw games), but I wrote about the most common practices and games.
     
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    Thanks Abby,

    You're the best.
     
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