What do the colours on poker chips represent?

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What do the colours on poker chips represent?
Fortunes are won and lost via the stacks of poker chips that move round the gaming table. (StockPhotoAstur/iStock/Getty Images)

Poker chips are small coloured discs used in the card game of poker, which is played for fun and for money. When it is played for money, colour-coded poker chips are used as currency that players use to bet against each other's hands.

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Standard values

Poker chip values are set in US dollars, but you can assign an equivalent amount in pound sterling. Therefore: white poker chips generally represent 60p; red chips are valued at £3.20; blue chips are worth £6.50; green chips have a value of £16 and black chips represent £65. Alternatively, just use the face value as sterling instead of US dollars.

Poker chip sets

The colour and denominations of poker chips used in casinos across the world and on Internet sites are vast and various. Standard poker chip sets come with three or five standard colours.

Three-colour chip sets

Three-colour chip sets come in white, red, and blue. You can assign specific values to each chip colour.

Five-colour chip sets

Five colour poker chip sets include white, red, blue, green and black.

Beyond five

Some poker games are played with up to 13 different coloured chips with US dollar values. The equivalent UK value and colours are: white 60p; yellow £1.30; Red £3; blue £6; grey £13; green £16; orange £32; black £65; pink £162; purple £325; burgundy £650; light blue £1,300; brown £3,250.

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