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Mardi Gras Clay Poker Chips Review

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Reviews' started by Deuce, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Deuce

    Deuce Creativity Alliance

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Sunny Southern California
    Manufacturer: Blue Chip
    Retailer: holdempokerchips.com,
    Average Price: From $1.09 to $1.29 depending on quantity
    Material: Compression Molded Clay
    Member Review by: deuce

    Before I get into the review I just want to give you a brief idea of why I was interested in these chips to begin with. I wanted a clay chip that was unique and had vibrant colors. As you will see in the pictures, these are exactly that. I instantly fell in love with the mock-ups of these chips and when I opened the box they didn’t disappoint me one bit. On to the review!!! ​

    Below are the various prices from holdempokerchips.com as of 5-4-05

    1-99 chips: $1.29 each
    100-199 chips: $1.27 each
    200-299 chips: $1.25 each
    300-499 chips: $1.19 each
    500-999 chips: $1.15 each
    1000+ chips: $1.09 each

    There are also sets of 300 and 500 chips that go for $369.99 and $549.99.

    Also, the chips are available in both denominated and non-denominated which was a huge selling point for me.

    Check out holdempokerchips.com

    I paid 95¢ a chip on the pre-sale and I can say I’m very happy with them. They are a bit high on the price end but to be fair they are a unique set that have some unique attributes. Some may not like the color combos but they are incredible in my opinion and fit the theme perfectly.​

    The feel of these chips is harder than most clays. If Paulson is your thing then these are going to feel much too hard and may even strike you as plasticky. In my opinion I love the feel because they seem more durable and don’t get dirty as easily as Paulsons. The weight of these chips is between 9.0 and 9.3 grams. They are lighter than the standard weight of a clay chip but in my opinion heavy chips are not always such a good thing, especially if you travel with the chips often.

    The chips shuffle fairly well once they are broken-in and the factory dust and sharp edges are worn off. The dust wearing off on my set was sped up from me oiling them, so I can’t give an estimate of how long it would take with normal play but I would assume it wouldn’t be too long if you play with them regularly. As far as the edges getting broken-in, this does seem to take a little longer I expected due to them being hard. The stack of 10 that I have shuffled daily since I got them has worn in nicely. I probably shuffle them for about 2 hours a day and I’ve had them since early this month.

    In comparison to Paulson I would say they feel drastically different. Paulsons have a softer feel that I tend to prefer. The softness has its advantages in feel but disadvantages in durability and they tend to get dirty much easier.​

    The chips stack pretty well. I can stack them about 40 high without them tipping over at all with a small nudge of the table. As you can see in the picture they stack nicely and are very well balanced. Out of 500 chips I only had one "spinner." To be fair, this seems like a low number (from what I've heard about most Blue Chip sets), but I’m very happy with the quality control in that aspect (for those who do not know what a “spinner” is, it’s when a chip is warped so the chip doesn’t sit evenly which causes the rest of a stack to “spin” against the other half). ​


    The sound of these chips is far more plasticky than the softer Paulsons but compares rather nicely to PokerChips.com clays. I enjoy the way they sound, but do prefer the Paulsons hands down. The Mardi Gras sound ok but I feel this is the weakest link of Blue Chips. If they improved how they sounded then they would be that much better of a chip.

    To better clarify what I mean, the Blue Chips sound more like a composite chip than the Paulsons do: the Paulsons make a "thump" when you throw one down, while the Blue Chips make more of a high pitch "clank" when they hit. The difference between the two is very noticeable and this is why I feel that sound is Blue Chip's biggest weakness. ​

    The looks of these chips are incredible, and for my money they are some of the best fantasy casino chips available. When I first got them home they had a bit of a chalky feel to them and looked really dull, but once I oiled them they looked fantastic. The colors are on the pastel side but are really well-coordinated. My favorite is the color combo on the black chip: the edge spots pop out well and really sharpen the whole chip. In my opinion, this is the best-looking fantasy chip set available.

    The quality control on these chips is surprisingly good. Blue Chip is known for having horrible QC and these chips are much better than the Blue Chip “James Bonds.” They still aren’t as good as Paulson and Matsui but are far better than other Blue Chip sets I've seen. Most inlays are round and centered. There are a good number that are a tad bit tweaked but nothing as bad as I’ve seen on Blue Chip’s JB’s. Also, I only received one spinner chip out of 500--not too bad at all.​

    The chips can’t be considered too secure because they can be purchased at holdempokerchips.com by anybody. For my home games this really isn’t an issue since none of my friends even know that the dice chips I had before weren’t “Casino weight and true clay.” If you need security then order a custom set of Chipcos or pc.com chips.
    As far as originality, these chips are awesome. They are obviously themed after Mardi Gras and to my knowledge there are no other home-use clay chips out there that are. They look great and are unique, what more could one ask for?​

    This is a very strong point of all Blue Chips because they are so much harder than other clays. Compared to the Paulsons I would say these are more durable by leaps and bounds. The Paulsons tend to wear off on each other and get very dirty compared to the Blue Chips. Obviously, being so durable takes away from them feeling as good as Paulson so I guess it all depends on what you think is most important.​

    Reviewers Comments
    I own 500 of these chips and I’m very happy with my purchase. My advice would be to contact Michael at holdempokerchips.com and get some samples. I have bought samples of nearly every type of chip out there and decided that I liked the looks and durability of these chips. On the flip side there are many people that can’t stand the firmness and sound of them. BUY SAMPLES, BUY SAMPLES, and BUY MORE SAMPLES!!! Buying chips is an expensive investment and being careful is always beneficial. ​

    Chip Pictures

    These are pictures of one oiled stack on the left and a non-oiled one on the right.



    Pictures below are courtesy of HoldemPokerChips.com.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 25, 2006
  2. checkm8r

    checkm8r Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2005
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    Re: Mardi Gras Clay Chips

    These are my current favorites of the Blue Chip fantasy chips. They have a great mold, bright colors, good color combinations, and come in denominated and non-denominated versions.

    • Suites Mold is simple, but elegant (and it is poker-related!)
    • Denominations cover a wide range of values
    • Non-denominations are available
    • Colors of the lower denominations go together well (nice-looking cash sets)
    • Textured inlays
    • Bright colors
    • Little or no color transfer
    • The set uses a Grey $1000 chip (would rather see a Yellow)
    • A little light in weight (becomes less noticeable with use)
    • Higher-pitched sound when compared to Paulson chips (still nice, though)
  3. dboy1970

    dboy1970 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2006
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    Re: Mardi Gras Clay Chips

    Blue Chip Mardi Gras Clay
    Available new from: http://www.holdempokerchips.com/
    Price Paid: $.60 used

    I purchased 100 of the $5 chips used as it seemed to be a good deal on a quality chip. Unfortunately they are not used as often as they should be.

    • The Chip has a nice texture and the inlays look really nice the inlays are also texured very nicely.
    • The Suits Mold is nice and stands out on the chip
    • nice bold colors 9 differant chips
    • Chips are available in denominated and non denominated styles.
    • Denominated chips will support cash or tournament styled game structures.
    • Cost-- new they cost .89 cents a chip

    • some inlays on the chips were not quite on center
    • Chips feel a little light at only 9 grams
  4. KingZilla

    KingZilla Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2007
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    Re: Mardi Gras Clay Chips

    Mardi Gras Casino Clay Chips
    Purchased from: http://www.holdempokerchips.com
    Price Paid: 89¢ each

    I did a lot of research before spending my limited resources on clay chips. These are the best real clay chips I found for the price, all features considered.


    • Great theme (graphics, color combos)
    • Feel: Good clay feel, harder than Paulson clay BUT:
    • Durability: No color transfer from clay to clay, rock solid and stood up to any abuse I could put them under.
    • Stacking: No problems here, 30 rock solid and higher than I can see over at the table anyway.
    • Inlay : The best inlay type I have seen or felt. Textured like the chip face for a seamless feel, Perfect!
    • Available in non-denominated versions.
    • Price: Best value I could find on brand new QUALITY real clay chips.
    • Sound: A small bit higher pitch than Paulson clay, but that is due to the harder compound which offers other advantages (see durability).
    • Sold by a reliable vendor!
    • Weight: (I'm really searching here) Maybe a tad light, but I don't really notice it, just about 9 grams.
    • Still Searching... Uhh, I wish there was a $10 chip?
  5. jbones

    jbones Faux Clay Nation

    Dec 12, 2006
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    Dunes Castle
    Mardi Gras Clays (BCC)

    The Mardi Gras Clays are fantastic chips. I picked up a sample set through the CT store here with credits I had from writing reviews of other chips, so they were easily worth the price for me. :wink: Unfortunately they're no longer in production (correct me if I'm wrong?) but are still relatively obtainable and cheaper than most Paulsons.

    To add to the rest of the lists:

    • Good Weight
    • Agreeable Theme
    • Amazing Color Scheme, really top notch here
    • Relatively little color transfer
    • Absolutely no issues in stacks of 20
    • No noticeable variations in weight or diameter
    • Sound like any other BCC chip
    • May present a challenge to build a set of the denominations you want from just one seller
    • Possible rise in price since production has stopped (but that's just speculation)

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