Wooden Poker Chip Cases – Practical Advice For the Poker Enthusiast

Home poker tournaments and Texas Hold-‘Em games have been gaining increasing popularity over the last several years. Whether a seasoned poker player or a weekend warrior, most of us end up hosting our poker tournaments in the kitchen, basement, or garage due to limited space at home. I usually end up with stacks of poker chips lying around and have to organize them every time the gang comes over to play poker. Another problem is that not all of my friends have enough poker chips, and I have to transport my chips back and forth to my friend’s houses. During my travels, my expensive chips face the risk of damage or getting lost in transport.

The solution… A custom wooden poker chip case with removable chip trays! The chip case can solve a multitude of storage, organizational and transportation problems. A quality case will allow you to sort the denominations of your chips and neatly organize them. Wooden poker cases may include chip trays that can be used to protect and store your poker chips, or can be removed to stack player’s chips at the poker table. Often times, chip trays come with the poker case as a set, but can be bought separately depending on your needs. I found that walking into a poker game with your own poker chip case establishes a great impression. Further, it lets people know that I am serious about my game.

There are a multitude of poker chip cases and trays on the market, from inexpensive plastic trays to outrageously expensive sets. If you have clay chips like me, and not those cheap knock off ones from Wal-Mart, you will want to store them in a suitable case. The last thing you want to be seen lugging around are those aluminum attaché cases. In my opinion, those are not worth the shipping cost! I have found that the wooden cases look classy in any room. Many people think the poker chest is a fine cigar case or decorative storage box. The case is perfect for organizing your chips, and also provides a place for you to keep your cards and buy-in cash. This is excellent because you don’t have to worry about cards getting bent or funds vanishing from someone’s back pocket.

When choosing a wooden case, there are a variety of styles you can pick from, and if you order a custom case made to your specifications, you can choose from a variety of hard woods. You may want to consider a custom built case to house your one of a kind, collectible chips. When spending a great deal of money on collectible chips, it seems silly to display them in a plastic case. One thing to consider when choosing a wooden chip case is to specify that the finish be ‘chip friendly.’ Polyurethane or a non-soluble varnish is an ideal choice, as it does not impart any staining on your chips. Specifically, avoid any type of Oil finish such as Tung or Danish oil, as these oils can penetrate into the clay chips over time and attract even more grime.

When researching a chip case to buy, be certain that your Casino Chips are appropriately sized for the chip case. Generally speaking, the majority of chips are of the 39mm size. Large denomination chips, as well as chips based on the Paulson Inverted Hat and Cane (IHC) fractionals mold, are of the larger 43mm size, and will most likely need custom chip trays and cases. Casino Chip thickness can also impact how difficult it is too add or remove chips from a tray. As a chip begins to show signs of wear, edges may become less crisp and the chip becomes a bit thinner. Over time, chips may begin to wiggle a bit in the case.

From my experience, a wooden poker chip case adds a touch of class to any home poker game, and shows your poker friends you have an eye for style and organization.

General Information On Poker Tie Breakers

When playing poker one must be aware that there will be times when there will be situations of a tie. In games like Texas Hold ‘Em, there are very high chances that there will be two or more players who will get the same highest hands. In this sort of situation there need to be some rules to settle the dispute as to whom the winner will be and how can it be fairly proclaimed as such. These rules are pretty standard and have been used in many cases of a tie. The cardinal rule of thumb is to always remember that 5 cards and 5 cards only will be considered to establish the strength of the hand. At no point can the sixth card be a valid factor.

In the case of high card the dispute is very simple. If two players have the same high card and no other player has a stronger hand then the pot must be split equally between the two. In the case of the winning hands being the same one pair the third card is considered. This card is called the kicker. The player who has the higher kicker will win. If the case has the same kicker then the same will follow for the fourth and fifth card if needed. If the entire hand is the same (which is rarely the case) then the pot will be split equally. In the case of two pair being equally alike the fifth card is considered the kicker and the higher kicker wins. Again, In the case of three of a kind the hand with the higher trio will win the pot. If in case both the hands have the same trio value then the pot is split between them. There is no kicker in this hand.

The flush, straight, full house, straight flush and royal flush are slightly different. In the case of these hands there is no kicker. This means that the value or strength of the hands needs to be evaluated in another manner. In the case of 2 flush hands the hand with the highest card will win the pot or the pot will be split equally. In the case of the straight too the highest card will win the straight. The same high card will result in the splitting of the pot. The full house strength depends on the value of the trio which is to say that the higher ranking trio will win the pot. The straight flush will be resolved in the same way as the straight where the highest ranking card will win the pot. In the case of the royal flush the pot will be split equally because there is no higher or lower when it comes to the suits. All suits have the same power.

There is also the case of the side pot. If any player goes all-in in the middle of the game and even after calling the bet there are players who are left with chips, they will be allowed to continue betting. In that case a side pot is created. It is crucial to remember that each player has to contribute equally to the pot so that it is easy to keep track of the side pots.