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Subject: Poker Chips Distribution for 18FL rss

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Mario Aguila
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I didn't buy the paper money with my order of 18FL, because I prefer to use Poker Chips.

I have some Turf club chips (1, 5, 10, 25, 100, 500, 1000)

What is the best distribution for 18FL, considering a total value of $8.000 for the bank? I want to know If I'll need to buy extra chips.

 
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Devin Smith
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A couple of points to note re: chips.

1. You need at least 4 '1' poker chips per entity in the game. In theory, every corporation and every player could have an amount of money ending in 4 at the same time, so make sure you have that many, or close to it.

2. There's a distribution in the rules (probably) for what the paper money distribution is: this is probably a good approximation.

3. Remember that you'll either need to score the end of the game on paper, or have more poker chips available to keep going after the bank 'breaks'.


Given all of that, you could make do with one roll each of the 5s 10s and 25s, but I'd recommend 50 of each, especially the 10s and 25s. The thousands can probably be set aside for use after the bank breaks.

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Mario Aguila
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Excalabur wrote:
1. You need at least 4 '1' poker chips per entity in the game. In theory, every corporation and every player could have an amount of money ending in 4 at the same time, so make sure you have that many, or close to it.


So, in 18FL:
6 corporations x4->24
4 player x4->16
TOTAL: 40 $1 chips

Excalabur wrote:
2. There's a distribution in the rules (probably) for what the paper money distribution is: this is probably a good approximation.

The rules say nothing about it.

In fact I already have:
Turf Club $1: 100 Subtotal: $100
Turf Club $5: 50-subtotal: $350
Turf Club $10: 50-subtotal:$850
Turf Club $25: 25-subtotal:$1.475
Turf Club $100: 25-subtotal: $3.975
Turf Club $500: 25-subtotal:$16.475
Turf Club $1000: 25-TOTAL:$41.475

The total is ok, but for the distribution I'm not sure. Probably $1 are OK.
I have read the benefits of $2 and $20 also (but they don't exist in Turf club serie): http://tinyurl.com/ftpmk

My goal:
-enought of the necessary values
-speed: not having to keep making change at every pay-out.
 
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John Tamplin
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The actual distribution doesn't matter a lot, as long as you have sufficient chips in the lower denominations. I think you will really miss having 2 and 50 chips, plus as mentioned on the 18xx Yahoo group discussion 20s are generally preferred over 25s. You may not have enough 25s since they are filling the role of both 20s and 50s, but you should have enough chips to make do with multiple 10s and 5s.

Given what you have, I would suggest 100x1, 43x5, 46x10, 25x25, 21x100, 9x500 (using the rest just once you break the bank), but feel free to experiment.
 
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Luca Iennaco
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marioaguila wrote:
My goal:
-enought of the necessary values
-speed: not having to keep making change at every pay-out.

To avoid making change at every pay-out, I found that the most useful chip to have in spades is the "10" (but I played 18AL, so your mileage may vary).
 
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Chris Shaffer
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I highly recommend the Boardgames with Scott episode on poker chips:

http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=32

I bought mine from VIP Trades:

http://www.viptrades.com/pokerchipsdetails.php?poker=1

And I chose this distribution:

NUMBER VALUE COLOR
50 1 White
50 2 Yellow
25 5 Red
25 10 Blue
50 20 Grey
25 50 Orange
25 100 Black
25 200 Pink
25 500 Purple

I had to choose groupings of 25 and I liked this distribution because
I can set aside 75 (50 + 20 + 5) to make the under-200-value chips
total 5,200, allowing me to add four 200s for 6,000, fourteen 200s for 8,000 and fourteen 200s and eight 500s to make 12,000.
 
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Nick Pitman
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The game comes with -

PAPER
$1 15 $15
$2 30 $60
$5 15 $75
$10 30 $300
$20 15 $300
$50 15 $750
$100 15 $1,500
$200 25 $5,000

160 notes $8,000

With poker chips I am going to try

$1 75 $75
$5 75 $375
$25 50 $1,250
$100 23 $2,300
$500 8 $4,000

231 chips $8,000

 
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Scott Petersen
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That'll do. It all comes down to personal preference. More people probably prefer more denominations (10s, 50s etc), but give it a try and see what you think. The critical part is that the bank is the same size.
 
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