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10g Faux Clay chips Review

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Reviews' started by Clonexx, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Clonexx

    Clonexx Well-Known Member

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    Manufacturer: Trademark
    Retailer(s): http://www.5stardeal.com/deals/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=10-1600
    Average Price: .06 Cents per chip
    Material: Clay Composite
    Member Review by: Clonexx
    The 10g "Faux Clay" chips are an entry level chip designed to imitate higher end chips without the price tag that goes along with them. They succeed in some ways and fall short in others. They are available in 9 different colors and are plain chips with no edge spots. They are listed as Clay Composite chips, and are injection molded. ​
    Price
    Pricing is around .06 cents a chip. You can pick up a set of 500 with the standard case and cards/dice for around $45.​
    Feel
    The chips have a pretty unique feel to them. They do not feel like any of the clay, ceramic or nexgen chips I have. Instead, they have a feel that is all their own. This is not an entirely bad thing, it gives them a certain degree of originality in this department. I would try to describe them as a cross between plastic and clay. The entire face of the chip is textured and feels much like the texture over many Paulson and ASM inlays. (Just as a general comparison for the feel/texture). They start out feeling a bit slippery, but with some handling they become more tactile and easy to shuffle.​
    Stacking
    I have had no problems getting 40+ chip stacks with these on a level, stable surface. The stacks are stable at 40 chips as long as you don't bump the surface too hard. For normal stacking, what I would consider 20 chip stacks, they stack with little to no problems at all.​
    Sound
    The chips sound great. After doing many tests and playing with all the different chips I have here, I can say they are on par with the most of the big boys of the clay industry. They are higher in pitch than Paulsons, but lower in pitch than ASM Horseheads. When splashing a pot (bad poker player, no splashin' the pot!) they sound good, and are on par with most of their big brothers. They also have that great clay chip sound while shuffling. ​
    Looks
    The looks department is where the chip falls off a little. They are plain, very subdued laid back colors. The mold is very simple with six 3d style dice around the edge, each showing a different number. The texture is immediately visible, and is pleasing to the eye. The deep ring around the center of each chip has an injection mold spot in it. There is no getting around it, and it is very noticeable to the eye. If you like very simple, no edge spot and no graphic chips, these are decent in the looks department except for the injection spot. If you like flashier, more colorful chips, then these may be a disappointment for you.​
    Security/Originality
    Due to the extremely cheap price and high availability, these are very low security chips. It would not be hard for someone to buy 500 "$100" chips and bring them into your game for a very cheap price and a very high payoff. If you run the type of game where you need secure chips, you can not use these. However, if you run a more laid back game with people you know well, then these chips would do just fine.​
    Durability
    As seen in Ten's bake off, these chips are nigh indestructible. When he baked them in an oven at 350 degrees, they came out unscathed. I have done drop tests, toss tests, tried to break them with my hands..nothing has hurt them so far. You can scratch them using a hard/metal object, but that is true of almost any chip out there. You can not harm them with your hands, and I feel they would hold up to a huge amount of abuse. These chips are basically built like a tank.​
    Reviewers Comments
    I have used these chips on a number of occasions, and they worked very well. I have always had players give me positive comments on them. Since I have 4 different chip sets here, they do not see much use anymore, but I still break them out once in a while to use just as a change of pace. When compared to it's cousin, the super diamond, I would put these ahead on sound alone. Personally I feel they are a great deal for the money, and anyone who does not want to spend much on their chips would do well to order a few and see if you like them. In my opinion, their quality to price ratio is very hard to beat.​
    Chip Pictures
    Here are some of the different colors available:

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    And here is a pic of what the injection mold looks like, it's at the top of the inner ring:

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    Here is a photo of one of our member's (Knish) Faux Clays, with labels applied:

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  2. Captn_All_In

    Captn_All_In Creativity Alliance

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    Re: 10g Faux Clay chips

    10g Deluxe Dice Chips (AKA THE FAUX CLAY)
    Purchased from: http://www.5stardeal.com or http://www.discountcasinogear.com
    Price Paid: .045¢-.05¢ each

    These are the uber cheap chip for those first timers who are trying to figure out how chip addictions begin, or for those who are on a budget. These chips are probably best suited for tournament use due to the solid, classic colors. The single most important advantage to buying these chips is membership into an elite society known as THE FAUX CLAY NATION.



    Pros:
    • Weight: 10g
    • Feel: The have a feel that is harder than a Soprano, but softer than many high end chips
    • Stacking: The cross hatching provides for a unique texture while also allowing these to stack similar to concrete pillars at 20 chips, while still being very stable at heights of 40-50 chips
    • Sound: Very close to clay like. (I also think they sound very similar to my NJ, AB sample; but I only have 3 of them so I might be off there.)
    • Price: These are extremely inexpensive, but are worth much, much more.
    • Application of Labels- adding labels to these makes them look outstanding- especially if you get hooked up with a great designer!!
    Cons:
    • Few color choices- orange, yellow, and grey are gone unless you find some unwitting soul who would part with them.
    • Lack of edge spots- I must admit I really love an edge-spotted chip; but when you're building a tournament set on a budget some things need to be overlooked
    • Mold- I am really digging here, but some people do not prefer dice on a chip period- I tend to overlook them because mainly you look at stack of chips, and after they're labeled and in a pot you barely notice them
     
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  3. Matthew

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    Re: 10g Faux Clay chips

    Faux Clay
    Purchased from: 5Stardeal.com
    Price Paid: $0.04 each or about $45 for 400 chips with shipping deal

    I had samples of these chips in every color but traded them away so others could experience the joy of the Faux Clays. However, I missed them and decided when there was a $4.95 flat shipping deal at 5star, it was time to take the plunge with a 400 chip set. These are great chips and are cheap, which makes them the best value in a chip set out there.

    Pros:
    • CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!
    • Sound and feel are superior to anything with a metal slug
    • Indestructable
    • They weigh in a 10g
    • Can be labeled for customization
    • Potential for laser engraving is huge

    Cons:
    • Limited color selection, yellow, orange and grey are unavailable
    • Dice design in the mold could be better
    • The injection "pimple" is visible on some colors
     
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  4. whataboutj

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    10g Faux Clay chips

    Faux Clay
    Purchased from: discountcasinogear.com
    Price Paid: First batch= FREE with online poker funding promo from DCG
    Additional orders = just under $.05 per chip shipped

    When I first joined CT and got hooked on chips these were some of the first I purchased due to the low cost and high praise they received. I could not have been happier - I ended up adding to my set and I now have a huge toruney set (over 5000 chips) that can handle a big tourney. I am also a proud memebr of the FAUX CLAY NATION - VIVA FAUX CLAY!!!!!!!!!

    Pros
    • Cost - at around $.05 per chip shipped there are very few if any chips that can compete on price alone
    • Feel - the feel of the Fuax Clay are as close to real clay as I have encountered
    • Shuffling - the chips shuffle and "Warm up" essentially just like a real clay chip
    • Stacking - The Faux Clay stack solid well over 50-60 chips high - the low price point also makes them great for having a ton of them so you can build great chip stack designs and towers
    • indestructible - My chips have traveled with me a lot and get bounced around with no issue.
    • Perfect for labeling or cold stamping
    Cons
    • limited production - These chips are not in endless supply. In fact there are now 4 colors that are extinct : Yellow, Orange, Grey, and most recently Purple :cry:
    • Looks - They are a solid chip so folks who want edge spots will have to look elsewhere (or create your own spots on the chips)
    • Mold - The mold has a dice on it. It does not bother me really, but to some this is a major issue (Dice chip phobia???)
     
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  5. FoscoBurrows

    FoscoBurrows Faux Clay Nation

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    Re: 10g Faux Clay chips

    Faux Clay
    Purchased from: Discount Casino Gear
    Price: $0.045 per chip

    I'm a relatively new member to CT, but in my short time here, I've read tons of posts about how awesome these chips were. Chips that feel, stack, and even sound like real clay chips for only 4.5 cents per chip? I couldn't let an opportunity like that slip away. So, I ordered 1000 and, to put it simply, I am amazed. I am now a proud member of the Faux Clay Nation and I am planning on ordering another 500 or so in the near future.

    Pros:
    • Price - There is no other chip in this price range (<5 cents per chip) that is even close to these in quality.
    • Stacking - Unbelievably solid stacks. After opening all of mine, I immediately stacked them in a tower 300 chips high. Stacks are stable enough to be slid into the pot up to 50 chips high or so.
    • Shuffling - When they first come out of the packaging, they have the same sort of "chalk dust" on them that clay chips do, and they don't shuffle too smoothly. After being handled for one game, though, the dust seemed to wear off mine and they shuffled just fine.
    • Sound - Very similar to a clay chip, absolutely no metallic ringing.
    • Durability - These chips are as close as you'll get to being indestructible. Basically, nothing short of throwing them into a brick wall will break them, and they aren't vulnerable to high temperatures.
    • Customization - You can label these, laser engrave them, or even dye the white chips! The possibilities are endless!!
    Cons:
    • Looks - The mold isn't very spectacular, just your normal 6 dice around the edges. This is hardly noticeable in light of the tremendous value and quality of these chips, though.
    • Supply - For some reason, production has stopped on these chips. There are now only white, red, green, and black chips available from websites such as DCG, and the "extinct" colors are quite a bit more expensive than their original retail value if you can even find someone willing to sell them. However, there are now methods for dying the white fauxes emerging on the forums here...
    In short, these are the best bargain chips you could possibly buy. They feel, stack, and sound incredibly like real clay chips, at literally a fraction of the price. If you are looking for a large set that won't break your budget, grab some of these before they go the way of the dinosaurs!
     
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  6. FoscoBurrows

    FoscoBurrows Faux Clay Nation

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    Re: 10g Faux Clay chips

    Faux Clay
    Purchased from: www.discountcasinogear.com
    Price: $0.045 per chip

    When I joined CT not too long ago, I was still using 11.5g dice chips. Needless to say, I wanted a change. I spent some time looking at reviews and such on here and finally settled on these Faux Clays. Simply put, these are the best cheap chips out there.

    Pros:
    • Feel - Incredibly close to real clay chips. The textured faces feel great.
    • Price - These simply can't be beat in terms of value. Real clay feel for only 4.5 cents per chip? Simply amazing.
    • Stacking - Rock solid stacks up to 60 or so chips. I made a stack 300 high with mine right out of the box. Some of the best stacking chips ever.
    • Sound - Very good. Nice and solid sound, completely devoid of the dreaded metallic 'clink' associated with dice chips.
    • Shuffling - They have a little bit of 'dust' on them and have lots of friction right out of the box, but a little bit of handling and they shuffle like a dream.
    • Durability - Nearly indestrutible. Unless you literally throw one of these straight against a brick wall, they probably won't break. Some CT members have baked them in ovens and shown that they are resistant to high temperatures as well, so they're safe in cars in the summer.
    • Customizability - Can be labeled, laser engraved, or cold stamped. Also, the white chips can be dyed with fabric dye or other such methods.
    Cons:
    • Mold - Very plain mold, just the general 6 dice around the edge.
    • Manufacturing - The manufacturing process leaves a rather large injection mold pimple, which some may find annoying.
    • Availability - Unfortunately, these are on the road to the same place as the dinosaurs and the dodo birds. At the time of this article, only white, red, green, and blacks were still available.
     
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  7. BCR_9er

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    Re: 10g Faux Clay chips

    Faux Clay
    Purchased from: Discount Casino Gear
    Price: $0.045 per chip

    Many say these are the best deal on poker chips. However, there are only two colors left: white and red. Now if you want to buy a set of these, you have to buy some extinct (not in stores anymore) faux clays from other members of this forum. This may cost about $.25 per chip. So now the bargain isn't so great anymore.

    Other alternative for getting a faux clay set is by dyeing white chips to your desired colors. This isn't too bad, buy I'd still prefer to have original un-dyed faux clay chips.

    Pros:
    • Feel & Sound: Just like the high quality clay chips.
    • Stacking: I've stacked 160 and could have easily done more.
    • Durability: Very durable. However, I've noticed they are capable of wear-and-tear.
    • Inexpensive: Only $.045 each for the available colors: red and white.
    Cons:
    • Minor inconsistency: Since these chips are difficult to get, you may have to buy them from multiple users. I've had some color variance between chips when I've done this.
    • Availability: Only red and white remain in stock. You may check and see how many are in stock by going to 5stardeal and entering large numbers into your cart. You will get a message saying how many they have left in stock.
    • Looks: The dice design and injection mold pimple aren't very attractive.
     
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