Recently I was at a poker game in town that I never played at before. There were several aspects of the game that I did not care for, such as how the shuffling was handled, allowing splashed pots, and not using a cut card. However, the real problem occurred when the chips from each player was cashed in at the end of the night. As the last player was being counted out it was clear that there was a significant shortfall of cash left to pay the remaining chips.
Unfortunately, this is a problem that happens more often than you would think. The problem is that if you have a game with 10 or more players it is often that you have players that you don’t know very well. These players can be very dishonest and may try sneaking in chips, which are essentially counterfeit. The problem is that most poker game hosts use chips that are standard design and can be purchased at just about any retail store or online website.
It is because of this ongoing problem that it is highly recommended that custom chips be used in every poker game, whether the game is a cash game or a tournament.
Custom poker chips will make it very difficult to bring in foreign pieces. Not only will this save you money in the long run, by not having to pay out your own money to cover the extra chips that were sneaked into the game, but it will make the poker game feel much more secure. Each night of poker will be much more enjoyable if you do not have to worry about whether someone is trying to sneak extra chips on the table.
If you search around you will find that there are many varieties of custom chips available. There are many differences in security, composition, style, and even the amount of customization that can be done with them.
The cheapest custom poker chips available are plastic and have labels, stickers, inlays, or some sort of print on the chips. They are cheap because the base chips are the same for everyone and only the removable sticker or print on top of the chip is custom. You can not change the color or design of the base chips. Therefore, these are not recommended because they can be easily copied by anyone with a printer at home or access to a print shop.
On the other hand, clay poker chips or ceramic poker chips are the most secure. If you play poker in the casinos you will notice that these are the types of chips used in poker rooms and casinos worldwide. The custom poker chips made of clay or ceramic that you can get for your home game are the exact same chips used in casinos. These types do cost more but you will feel more secure in your game and will not have the expense of cashing out with your own money.
Clay poker chips have been around for well over 100 years. Be aware that it is very hard to find real clay poker chips that can be customized. If you can find them they will cost at least $1 per chip. There are retailers that claim to have custom clay poker chips but they often are a cheap plastic and the chips are not fully custom.
On the other hand, ceramic poker chips are more readily available. This type of poker chip is fairly new, but there are a few companies that offer fully custom ceramic poker chips to home poker players. Ceramic chips start out as a solid white disk that can be completely customized. The entire face, from edge to edge, as well as the edge can be customized. This means the color and the design can be changed to your liking. You can use your artwork or you can commission someone to create artwork for you. The image on a custom ceramic poker chip is embedded within the chip so that it can not be removed unless you actually damaged the chip. It is because of these features that ceramic chips are the most secure chips that you can purchase.
Make sure that your next night of poker is not ruined by finding out you have more poker chips at the end of the night than what you started out with at the beginning. Work on a new custom set that will be created for you. Within just a couple weeks you will have a situs poker online new set of chips that you can show off and you will have less headaches to deal with so you can just relax and have a fun night of poker.
Every poker player should know that you have to start at the beginning.
So, you are a beginner at playing poker; well, we all have to start some place. Even the professional poker player had to be a beginner at one time. Like the rest of us, you just have to start playing.
Maybe you have watched the World Series of Poker (WSOP) on TV, maybe you’ve read some of the poker books, maybe you’ve been to a casino and stood at the rail of a poker room or maybe you have played a little free Internet poker.
But the best way to learn how to play poker is in a live ring game for real money!
Now, you are about to jump feet first into the poker waters. You are at the casino poker room and they have just seated you at a table. You mumble, “Hi,” to the dealer and other players. Your hands are clammy, there’s sweat on you upper lip and you feel light headed. (Yeah, we’ve all been there.)
You are somewhat overwhelmed and a bit shy about sitting down at the poker table. You don’t know what to expect and are having self-doubts. “Are the other players going to run all over me?,” you think to yourself, allowing your own hype to intimidate you.
Oh no, here comes the first hand. You look at your hole cards, studying them to make sure you know what you have. The Ace and Jack of Hearts. Now if only you could remember what all the poker books say about good starting hands. Am I supposed to raise? You just call.
The flop comes King of Spades, Ten of Hearts, and Four of Hearts. Wow, four to a straight and four to a flush. You are trying to look nonchalant but your heart beats faster. You call the bet.
The turn card is the Jack of Spades. “Okay, not too bad; at least I have a pair,” you say to the little poker player inside of you.
The dealer discards, and what seems like slow motion, lays down the river card. The nine of Hearts! You have the nut high flush.
“Check raise, check raise, check raise,” your mind is screaming.
“No, no. I can’t do that. I’m just a beginner. What do I know?,” says the scaredy- cat. So, you just place the required bet.
The only player left in the hand raises. What could he have? You stare at the cards on the board; you check the cards you hold. All the players are looking at you, waiting to see what you will do.
From somewhere you hear your voice squeak, “Re-raise.”
Your opponent calls the re-raise and shows a King-high straight. You turn your cards over and the dealer declares, “Winner, Ace-high flush”, pushing the pot your way.
As you stack up the chips, you hear the losing player grumble, “Beginner’s luck.”
Gee, this poker playing stuff is easy. Shuffle up and deal!
I started playing poker when poker wasn’t cool. My family always played card games so poker came naturally. I am not a pro by any means; I’m an average person just like you who likes to play all types of poker; although Texas Hold’em is my favorite. My only “claim to fame” is that I have played for many years and in all kinds of venues. My philosophy is: Poker Knowledge = Poker Skills = Poker Wins. I’ll leave you with this thought, “There are no perfect poker players; only those of us humbled souls who strive to be”