Many live poker rooms use a similar system of assigning colors to chip value, especially in cash games. Red chips, for example, are worth $5 in most live poker rooms and casinos.
Tournament chip sets tend to vary colors more than cash games, but some common themes can still be found across many poker rooms.
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Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used colors and their respective poker chip values.
(Note: If you want advice for distributing chips in your home game, read How to Distribute Chips in a Poker Home Game.)
Cash Game Poker Chip Values and Colors
The four most common chip colors and their values are:
White or Blue: $1
Red: $5 (some casinos use yellow instead)
You will find that these four values are by far the most used by casinos.
Less common chip colors and their values:
Pink: $2.50 (very rare, usually just used in blackjack)
Brown: $10 (some casinos use blue instead)
Yellow: $1,000 (some casinos use grey or burgundy instead)
Dark Brown: $5,000 (some casinos use red-white-and-blue instead, which are known as “flags”)
$1 Chips – White or Blue
Low-stakes limit hold’em cash games are often identifiable by the endless piles of blue or white chips at the table. These are the colors most commonly applied to $1 chips in live poker rooms.
Cash game players should often have at least a few of these at their disposal. Posting blinds in low stakes games, as well as tipping, requires the $1 chip.
$5 Chips – Red
As cash game veterans know, $5 chips are almost universally red. Live poker rooms will deviate from standard colors for other chip values, but red $5 poker chips are a staple in almost all casinos.
These red chips are at the heart of No-Limit Hold’em games from $1/$2 up to $5/$10.
Note that some casinos, specifically in California, use yellow chips as $5s.
$25 Chips – Green
The $25 green chips usually start appearing in $2/$5 cash games and higher. Much like the red $5 chips, green $25 chips are used at many casinos.
Las Vegas poker rooms like Bellagio, Aria, and many others use green to signify a $25 poker chip value.
Note that some casinos, specifically in California, use purple chips as $25s.
$100 Chips – Black
Black chips at a poker cash game table are usually an indication that the stakes, or at least the maximum buy-in, are getting higher.
Live poker rooms often use black for $100 chips. These chips can sometimes be solid black, but are often striped with other colors. Other poker rooms use large white chips as $100s.
$500 Chips – Purple
You’re starting to sit in on some high-stakes cash games when stacks of the purple chips are at the table. Purple is often an indicator of $500 chips, and a standard 20-chip column of these is a $10,000 stack.
$1,000 Chips – Yellow
The next level up from the purples, the $1,000 cash games chips are often yellow across poker rooms that spread high-stakes games.
Tournament Poker Chip Values and Colors
The poker chip values and colors assigned to tournament chips ets vary much more from casino to casino.
Let’s take a look at some of the commonly-used colors for poker tournament chip sets. Note that these are the same values used by the World Series of Poker during their Main Event:
Green: 25 chips
Black: 100 chips
Purple: 500 chips (some casinos use pink or blue instead)
Yellow: 1,000 chips (some casinos use chips that are more like gold than yellow)
Orange: 5,000 chips (some casinos use grey or a different color)
Dark Green: 25,000 (this chip color varies from casino to casino)
25 Chips – Green
Like cash games, tournaments often featured green chips that are worth 25. Don’t get too attached, though, these chips are usually removed from the table during a “color-up” after a few levels of play.
100 Chips – Black
Much like the $100 cash game counterpart, black is often used for 100 value chips. These chips are generally seen in the early stages of a tournament and are the first to be taken out of play as the blinds increase.
500 Chips – Pink/Purple/Blue
Again often matching its $500 cash game equivalent, 500 chips commonly display pink, purple or blue in their color schemes.
The World Series of Poker uses several different chipsets across multiple tournaments each year. In many of those sets, the 500 chips have the signature pink, purple or blue colors.
1,000 Chips – Yellow/Gold
Poker rooms widely use yellow or gold as the color for 1,000 chips. This color is used for 1,000 chips in several of the WSOP chip sets, and is also commonly seen in live poker rooms around the globe.
5,000 Chips – Orange
Colors used for 5,000 tournament chips and higher start to vary much more from different poker rooms. Orange is used often for 5,000, including multiple WSOP chipsets.
25,000 Chips and Higher
Tournament poker chips at 25,000 and higher vary widely from casino to casino. Even the WSOP uses vastly different colors for high-denomination tournament chips across its multiple chipsets.
The WSOP Main Event chipset uses forest green for 25,000 chips, and lavender for 100,000 chips. For 500,000 and above, bigger chips are used. These chips are often referred to as “mini-frisbees” by WSOP announcer Lon McEachern due to their larger physical size.
It’s critically important to know what color is assigned to each poker chip value. This can get tricky when playing tournaments in particular, as so many different colors are used, and the denominations go much bigger than in a cash game.
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