While poker has always been one of the most beloved card games on the planet, the skyrocketing popularity of “Texas Hold ’em” and Lady Gaga’s hit single “Poker Face” prove that poker is back in a big way! Whether you operate a casino or just want to kick back and enjoy a friendly game of poker with your buddies, you may want to find cheap poker supplies. Here are some tips to assist you:
- Look for sales at offline discount stores or game shops
Poker has made a major comeback in recent years, due in part to the popularity of Texas Hold ’em, which has multiple variations. While getting these items at offline stores is generally not as convenient as buying online, the main benefit is that you can save on shipping and handling costs. And if you periodically shop at game shops and discount stores anyway, you won’t have to make an extra trip there!
- Surf the Net
As with just about everything else, whether you need poker cards or poker chips, you can find quality cheap supplies, by surfing the Internet. It’s wise to always use the “rule of three”: compare the prices of at least three sites, in order to find the best deal. Remember that you can ALWAYS find a better price!
- Consider the quality of poker supplies that you want
When hunting for cheap poker cards, you should consider the quality of supplies you want. It’s likely that you want your poker cards and poker chips to last for more than one hand. But you have various options when selecting your supplies, such as the materials of the chips, the coverings on the cards, and the kinds of cases the chips come in. It’s possible to find discount poker chip supplies, such as card stock, ABS composite, clay, and more, which enable you to get exactly what you want out of your cards and chips.
- Compare online and offline prices
This step in buying cheap poker cards and poker chips is a little more involved than you might expect. As a general rule, you can buy your cheap poker cards and poker chips from online retailers at very low prices (sometimes $0.25 or less), and if you want them in a particular order, you can buy them at a higher price. However, if you want precisely the same thing, or you want to have a particular set of poker cards in every color possible, you can’t buy cheap poker cards in pairs at offline stores. You can, however, buy them in groups of exactly the same cards.
- Know exactly what you want
While you can often buy the “diff muffins” (cards with different focal images), you should always know exactly what you want. If you want square poker cards, scope out the square promotional cards available at your local convenience store. These will likely be in a wide variety of colors and designs, and perhaps most importantly, the cost will be a lot lower than if you buy them in bulk.
- Put them on your list
Once you walk in to your local convenience store, take a peek at the dozens of cards and T-shirts available, and randomly pull out a seat at the table if you don’t have an exact match. When you find a match, just wait for the cashier to throw the cards in the center of the table (dealer logo, typically a button or ring bell on the back of the card) and hey, there you have your cheap poker cards.
Many people like to have a dozen or more cheap poker cards to choose from during a game, and when they have a game — a picky player may insist on his or her own customized cards, which may be quite expensive.
If you are buying cheap poker cards for your home game, face the challenge of getting the exact match. Weigh the different options available, and get the perfect match for your fancy.
To decide whether you need custom cards, contact your favorite competitive card craftsman. Alternatively, you can visit your local card Orderer.