Faux Clay Nation
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: FAUX CLAY NATION
Formal Plaques Review by Vince
"Formal" Ceramic Plaque Manufacturer: Nevada Jacks
Average Price: $5.75
I have never paid much attention to plaques, but recently I got curious. So I ordered 12 $5,000 "Formal" Ceramic Dealer Plaques
from HPC. My intention was to create a Poker After Dark set-up for my ASMs and I wanted to use the 5k plaques for the 5k cash bundles that they use on PAD.
My first plaque, ever, was a sample plastic plaque of the Matador series, but there are no 5k plaques available in that range. So after searching widely, I decided to go for the 'Formal' from HPC. I like the 25k Crown casino plaque that they use in the Aussie millions cash game and the grey/white 'Formal' plaque looks quiet similar.
They are available as
Black/dark blue $1,000,000
- Edgespot shades
- Vendor (HPC is just a pleasure to deal with)
- Some plaques have some stains and spots on the edges
- Edgespots only on the long edges
- one spinner
As mentioned before I checked all the big online shops that offer plaques and these were actually the cheapest ceramic plaques out there. $5.75 is a pretty much unbeatable price for that type of plaque, I think.
They feel great. HPC’s site says they have a smooth texture, however, in my opinion there is actually none. A “smooth texture” in my opinion is a surface without a crosshatch, but with some sort of irregularity (a satin finish). For example a Chipco, for me, has a smooth texture. These Formal plaques are smooth and slick. Not necessarily a bad nor a good thing. Personally, I like it. Also note that slick doesn’t mean slippery in this instance.
With 42 grams they have a nice weight and give you the feeling that you really have some dough in your hands.
They are advertised as having the exact size of a credit card. Didn’t sound really promising to me, but they seem larger when you get them in your hands.
They stack pretty well. I only ordered 12 plaques, since in my game every player gets 2 plaques. Therefore, for me, stacking is not issue. But I think that you can stack them sky high. Stacks of 50 shouldn’t be a problem.
I got one spinner. Since mine was a small sample size, I don't know if this is representative. 1 out of 12 is acceptable to me.
The sound is pretty loud and mighty. Just like the plaques in the Aussie millions cash game. Not like a ceramic chip. They have a very unique sound.
The look is pretty decent and classy. They have a big $5,000 right in the center printed in gold and a golden ring on the outside that says “$ FIVE THOUSAND $ FIVE THOUSAND $” all around it. Inside that ring is a 'leaf' pattern with grey leaves on a white background.
The graphics are printed on both sides and are pretty sharp. Not as sharp as the print on a Chipco chip but that’s maybe due to the bigger graphic itself.
On the longer edges they have blurred grey edgespots. The look like some kind of shadow, very very nice and again, very decent. For some reason they don’t have these edgespots on the shorter edges which seemed rather odd to me. It would look nicer to have them all around the plaque.
Everybody can buy these at HCP, so there is really no security, whatsoever. But I can’t see somebody buying these for almost $6 each, just to sneak them into a private game. Durability
Seem to be very solid.
I love these plaques. I’d love them even more if they had edgespots all around the entire edge, but this is only a minor negative. Great sound, great feeling, a reasonable price and their classy and simple look makes them fit into any home game.