Once you have your chips this calculator should help you work out a good distribution of chips for black poker chip initial buy-in. Just fill in the number of players, how many chips you have of each color the value for each chip and how many chips each player will get.
The calculator will tell you how many of each color will be left after one buy-in and what the buy-in is. If chips left goes red, you need to buy more chips! You can then print this page using your browser’s Print option. There are many sets of chips available to buy online, often they come with everything you need: a metal case, some cards, a dealer button and, of course, the chips.
I wouldn’t recommend getting less than 500 chips as they aren’t that expensive and it’s a pain to be making change all through the game. This article needs additional citations for verification. Chips from the fictional “Casino de Isthmus City”. 50,000 Malagasy franc gaming plaque from Grand Cercle casino, Antananarivo, Madagascar, circa 1995.