Poker Basics: How to Count Poker Chips Like a Pro
Poker Basics is a 10-part crash course in beginner Texas Hold'em poker strategy. Today's installment covers how to count chips and it's a skill you need to have to play poker live. When you're playing poker it's really important to be aware of how many chips you and your opponents have in your stacks. But when you've got multiple denominations and tons of chips to deal with, getting an exact count quickly can be tough for beginners. But don't worry, there are a few easy tricks to counting chips easily and accurately. The first thing you need to do is make sure your chips are organized by denomination in towers of 20. The easiest way to do that is to grab a handful, drop five on the felt and use your thumb or finger to cut the rest into three more stacks of five. Stack that up and now you have a guide to get all your chips into towers of 20. Now figure out how much each tower is worth. Common tournament denominations include 25, 100, 500 and 1,000. In stacks of 20 they're worth, 500, 2,000, 10,000 and 20,000. Now just add the values of each tower together to find your total. Always knowing how many chips you and your opponents have is really important, especially in tournament poker, and if you spend some time practicing now it'll soon become second-nature. Pokerlistings.com, start your poker journey today.