Injection Molded chips:
10 gram Dice faux clay chips:
Wow. This is the first of the low-cost 'next generation' chips that I've
received. Looks wise, these won't knock your socks off. However,
the colors are nice and subdued. Obviously, no edge spots. Where
these chips shine is when you pick them up. The chips have a nice, 'chalky'
clay feel to them...very similar to a top end clay chip. They handle well
and sound JUST LIKE real clay chips. No joke. In fact these
chips sound closer to my real Vegas chips than many of the high-end clay's
I've got. Throw in their amazing low cost, and wow, killer chips.
Also, for the most part, the edges on the chips are *slightly* rounded. On
the minus side, there is a very visible injection spot that might bug some.
These chips are solid composite material. There is no metal insert.
If this is the future of low-cost home-use poker chips, then the future
looks really bright.
Composites:p for in 'feel'. The
entire chip has a semi-soft feel and they make a pleasant sounding 'thud'
when handled. And the extra weight makes a huge difference. (Note: The
construction on these guys is exactly like the 'cheap' plastic chips.
They have a metal slug in them to help weigh them down. However, the
surrounding clay-composite material has a much better feel than their crappy
plastic cousins). A pretty good
chip, which suddenly becomes a very good chip when you look at their cost.
The only major detractor to the chips were that the lighter chips were
easily marked up my scratching a darker colored chip on them.
13 grammers are on the right.
13 gram Casino Clay-Composite: This is the solid green chip with black
edge spots seen in the top two pictures. This
isn't a bad chip on any scale, but when compared to the 'stickered' chips
above, it's a step down. Feel is good, as is the sound made when handling.
Just visually not as striking as We Do It All Vegas's 'stickered' chips.
14 Gram Tri-Color Ace King Suited: The tri-colored chip have been
pretty common in the plastic world, but someone finally got smart and make a
composite version. The results are outstanding. This is one of
the best looking composite chip you can get...period. The weight is
over the top at 14 grams, but feel is great. These are made of similar
stuff as the Neophytes and Sopranos. I cut one of the chips apart to
see if the graphics were silk-screened on or part of the mold itself.
I'm happy to say they are part of the mold. These chips DO have a
metal insert, which is slightly audible, but really, it's not to bad.
Like most of the chips made out of this composite material, you can scratch
up the lighter colored chips with the darker ones if you try. Just
remember that while playing. It's rare a chip hits my desk these days
that really surprises me, but these chips do it in spade. Just a good
quality, great looking chip.
Good news first. The All-In chips
are a non-metal insert, injection molded chip that have a pretty good
appearance/design. Personally, I like the colors a lot. Looks
wise, you should be happy to show them off to your friends. (Even
though the self promotion thing on every chip is a bit overboard). The
"graphics" on the chips are crisp with no bleeding. They feel pretty
good as well, although there is a rubbery feeling about them that prevents
you from going 'wow'. Sound wise is OK...but you won't mistake these
for a real casino chip. More dull sounding. Where these chips fail
completely is in their durability. First, I can break these chips in
half with my bare hands. Something that I have tried and cannot
accomplish on ANY other chip I've reviewed. Second, these chips are
easily damaged both by fingernails and by rubbing against each other.
The damaged half a chip you see in the second picture was made that way just
with my thumbnail. Again, damage I have not been able to recreate in
any other chip I've reviewed.
Clay-Composite: We Do It All Vegas.com's clay-composites
immediately gave a great first impression. (There is one review here,
because all the chips have exactly the same construction. The only
difference is their appearance.) They all have a 'inlaid' sticker in the
center that rests below the chip's edge...so it's not so likely that the
sticker will get caught on anything. As always, I pried away at the
sticker with first fingernails and then a knife. Long story short is
that they are really 'stuck' on and you should not have to worry about anything
peeling off barring a VERY VERY obnoxious poker friend. I particularly
liked the rough, matt texture on most of the stickers. It gave the
chip a similar feel to a ChipCo style chip. The icing on the cake was
the nice feel and sound made when handling. Bottom line is that these
are very good chips, and if you like the looks, one shouldn't hesitate with
Royale: So I hand these to my lovely wife to look at and the
first words out of her mouth are: "Where is the picture of Daniel Craig
naked?" So...I suppose you can't please them all. That said,
these are some pretty damn nice chips....and they get nicer when you
consider the price point. Clean molding and good design with a
straightforward insert all lead up to one decent looking chip. The
quality control guys have been on the ball here and these are really some
good, clean 'plastic' chips with pretty much no noticeable injection molding
issues. The chips have a matt finish to them that gives a great feel
and adds to their look. Sound is good and muffled. Nothing 'ringy'
here. Oh...and did I mention they weigh a ton? OK...we've got great looks,
good feel and nice weight. Anything wrong??? They are slightly
slick. Not bad, mind you...but enough to make shuffling them fairly
challenging. For game use, the 'slickness' is comparatively nothing to
some of the other injection molded chips out there. Good stuff....once
again...especially considering the price point. Oh yeah, and you are
that much closer to being 'Bond' than you were five minutes ago. ;-)
Casino Quality Clay Composites: Just when you thought you'd seen
everything. An injection molded chip that is a serious threat to the ceramic
and compression molded buyers out there. Everyone at my office that laid
their hands on these chips immediately fell for them. These are *VERY*
nice chips. If you like their looks, then I highly recommend you order
a sample to check out. There is no metal insert in these, as you can
see in the picture. Great quality as well. These chips have raised the
Note (6/4/05): This review is of TPCC's 1003 and 1006 chips ONLY!
Palms 'Pure Clay': In a hurry?
Got something better to do
than read reviews about pokerchips? OK, here...I'll make it easy for
you. These are the best composite chips I've ever had hit my doorstep.
Why are you still reading? OK, fine. Are they perfect, no...so
let's go over that. Naming the chips 'Pure Clay' is....interesting.
I'll stop there. Any other badness can be summed up in that the chips are
not for stacking. They are slick. Period. Slick as any
plastic chip out there. Now...the good stuff. First, these chips
use the same mold as their big brother Compression Molded chips, which gives
them a fantastic look right out of the gate. Second, the color combo's
used are great. In fact, IMHO, better than the Compression molded
version colors. The spots are multi-colored...another huge plus. Their
feel is great, helped by a nice weight ranging 9.3 to 9.5 grams. The
inlay is a sticker that's really tough to finger-nail off and has the added
bonus of having some nice texture to it. Oh, and did I mention they were
smart and have six of the chips available without denoms? And the icing on
the cake is their sound when shuffled and handled. There is no metal insert
to mess things up, so one word: Fantastic!!! Great great chips.
Casino Tribute Chips: One word:
Wow. For a second or two after pulling the chips out of the shipping
envelope....I thought these were actual clay, compression molded
chips. These are amazing and fantastic chips. Feel is amazing
close to a real clay. The material appears to be extremely similar to the 10 Gram
Faux Dice chips shown above...which I am a big fan of. Sound is excellent...very
casino-like.....not ringy or to obnoxious. And finally....looks
wise...these are just GREAT looking chips. The spots have a
simulated edge to them that replicates a compression molded chip and look
really good. The inserts are glued on nice. Only bad I really
see is the use of U.S. currency on the denoms, which isn't real popular
with my readers over in Europe. Take a close look at the pics of
these suckers. Great, great chips. In fact, probably the best
non-compression molded chip that I've ever reviewed.
I've lost count on the number of emails I've received on
this chip. The question?? "Are these 'Neophytes' without the logo???".
The answer is, I'm about 99% sure, 'yes'. Exact same weight, mold, design,
feel, etc etc etc. Exactly like the Neophytes, these chips have a good
feel and sound. Same metal insert. These can also be damaged
with a fingernail. That said, still a very good chip to consider.
Michael Graves Poker Set:
For the poker player on a budget, I
cannot think of a better bang-for-your buck than the poker chip set
available at any local Target store as well as online. For $40, you
get 240 clay composite chips in 4 cool, low-key colors. The chip's
texture is great, and really give a 'soft' feel in your hand. They
sound great when you play with them. They only problems are they are
slightly THINNER than a 'real' poker chip, and thus, feel less substantial in
your hand. However, these chips just clobber all
the cheap plastic poker chip sets you see on E-Bay. Aside from
their thin-ness and lighter weight, the feel is really good. I own 2
sets and use them for Roulette. HIGHLY recommended for those players
with a limited budget. Really a great buy.
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