How to Play Poker Without Using Money
Playing the Game of PokerPoker is a card game that has grown in popularity over the last couple of decades. Friends, family, and neighbors have gotten together to have a friendly game of poker while eating, talking, and just having a good time.
The problem is that not everyone will want to play with money or can afford to play money. There is also a chance of hurt feelings if you happen to take money from a family or friend in what is supposed to be just a friendly game of poker. Or perhaps you just want to learn how to play the many different kinds of poker games there are out there.
When you play a game of poker, what do you typically play with? Money. Chips (but they are purchased with money and are cashed out). Chips (no cash involved).
Skills becomes sharper when money is involved.
Avoiding potential hurt feelings if you take someone’s money.
Can earn a lot of money if you are good.
Can work on your poker playing skills.
The game feels more serious when money is involved.
Games can be a lot more casual.
The game is a lot more thrilling when money is involved.
Playing Poker Without Using MoneyIf you are just a casual player, or just want to get into the game without investing too much in time and materials, then you can use most household items instead of actual money. Some common things you can use are:
Money from a board game. Monopoly, Payday, and other games that use currency can be used instead of money. Most times they are different colors and have the amount printed on them, so they are easy to use. Problem is that they are made of paper, and can easily be blown away.
Beads, crystals, and other similar items. If you have a lot of beads or other items, you can use those to play poker with as well. These items they don’t stack easily, and it can be hard to remember the denominations of each one unless they are distinctly different. So try to remember what each one stands for, and if necessary, make a chart.
Food and candy. This can be a fun way to play poker. If you bet using small pieces of candy, you can end up with a delicious treat at the end. Though I wouldn’t take the game too seriously, as people may use whatever food they have lying around. Just don’t eat your winnings until the game is over!
Clothing. Well. I won’t get into this one much, but you should get the idea. This can be great for a marriage though!
Poker ChipsIf you plan to have a serious game of poker, then poker chips are the way to go. However, if you plan to invest in getting some poker chips, you might as well figure out what kind you want. Typically, there are four kinds of chips you can find on the market, with some variations:
Plastic poker chips. You can find these in a lot of stores now a days. They are not considered very high quality. They will get the job done, but they don’t have the feel that most people like to feel in their poker chips.
Composite poker chips. There chips are of better quality than the plastic chips, and are considered to be a lot more affordable that the more expensive quality of chips. They can be found in stores, but looking online can net you a nice set.
Ceramic poker chips. These kind of chips are designed to have anything you want printed on them, and they have a nice, smooth feeling when touched. If you want a step up from the composite chips, these are the way to go.
Clay poker chips. Used mostly in casinos, these are considered to be the king of poker chips. They feel good, sound great, and are the easiest to handle. If you want the very best, you will go with these.
For a four player game you will need about 200 chips. For every two players after that you will want to buy an additional 200 chips.