So should I buy poker chips with denominations or without?
That's not an unreasonable question. With so many chip styles to choose from, how does one decide which one is the right one?
First it helps to know the stakes of the game you intend to play. Since most chip sets start with $1 chips as their lowest denomination, one needs to consider if those will fit into your game. And if a set with denominations is chosen, which denominations should one include in the set?
If your game is for lower denominations, like quarters or half-dollars, you might want to select a set that is non-denominational so that you may name your own values based on the chip colors.
Sometimes, if you look hard enough, you just might find a set that has values less than $1 as well.
And make sure to choose a set that has enough chips for your game. The number of chips you needs depends on how many players you plan to have. Follow these rules of thumb:
3 to 4 people require at least 300 Chips
5 to 6 people require at least 400 Chips
7 to 8 people require at least 500 Chips
9 or more people require at least 1000 Chips
Whatever your needs are, do your shopping. There are many choices available to fit your needs. Make your choice, and "Shuffle up and deal!"