# How to Divide Poker Chips in a \$20 Buy-In Home Game

Poker home games offer a great way to play poker with friends at very affordable stakes.

If you set up a poker home game, you get to decide who gets to play and who doesn’t. You also get to decide the stakes and the buy-in.

## Stakes and Chip Denominations for Your \$20 Buy-In Poker Cash Game

The first and perhaps most important thing to decide is what stakes you want to play for your home cash game. For a \$20 buy-in, we recommend that you play \$0.05/\$0.10.

At these stakes, the small blind is \$0.05 and the big blind is \$0.10. This gives each player a 200-big-blind stack, which is great for a cash game. Many poker rooms use 200 big blinds as the max buy-in for cash games.

Using these stakes, you need three different colors of poker chips to allow for this division of chips for each player:

• \$0.05 chips x 20 = \$1
• \$0.25 chips x 32 = \$8
• \$1 chips x 11 = \$12

You could add \$0.10 chips into the mix if you wish, and end up with a division that looks something like this:

• \$0.05 chips x 20 = \$1
• \$0.10 chips x 20 = \$2
• \$0.25 chips x 20 = \$5
• \$1 chips x 11 = \$12

You could also eliminate some of the \$1 chips (which are pretty big for a \$0.05/\$0.10 game), and end up with this:

• \$0.05 chips x 40 = \$2
• \$0.10 chips x 40 = \$4
• \$0.25 chips x 40 = \$8
• \$1 chips x 6 = \$6

This division requires more overall chips, but might make betting, raising, and calling a more smooth process for all of your players.

One more note – when you’re buying your first chip set for a home game, you’re better off purchasing a set with more chips right from the start. Your home cash game might become very popular, and you’d rather have more than enough chips than not enough chips.

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