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Nevada Jacks Clay Poker Chips Review

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

  1. yeltzen

    yeltzen Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2005
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    Manufacturer: Blue Chip Company
    Retailer(s): Nevada Jacks (http://nevadajacks.net)
    Average Price: $0.90 - $1.25
    Material: Compression Molded Clay
    Member Review by: Yeltzen
    Being the intelligent person I am, I purchased a set of NJ Desert Sands ceramics and, with it, a couple of NJ clay samples just to see what they were like. Well, as it turned out, I really liked the design of the clays and started thinking about getting a set of those instead. When NJ started their $0.90/chip deal, I decided now was as good a time as any and I sent in my order.​
    The price is poor to marginal. $0.90 per chip when you buy a set of 500 ($500 including case and cards), $1.25 per chip when you buy sets of 300 or 25. Even though these chips are on the high end of quality control for Blue Chips, they're still Blue Chips, and they're overpriced even at $0.90/chip.

    I can understand why Nevada Jacks wouldn't offer the discount price on the batch of 25 (would it hurt to offer them in batches of 10?), but it would have been nice if they offered the same deal on the set of 300. $500 is a big chunk of change to shell out just to get the discount, especially if you're just looking to get a small cash game set. $1.25/chip is a ridiculous price to pay for these (more than the new Paulsons!!)... look elsewhere if you only want a small set of clay chips. ​
    The feel of these chips is marginal. As is standard with Blue Chips, the weight is less than that of a true casino chip, at between 9.0 and 9.3 grams. It may not seem like that much a difference from 10g, the true casino weight, but it is very obvious when you grab a stack of these chips that they are too light.

    The chips themselves feel hard, and they are. This helps in other areas, such as durability, but it detracts from the feel of the chip. The hardness makes the chips tend to feel more composite/plastic than clay. Out of the box, the chips have sharp edges and are chalky-feeling, but after handling the chips for 20-30 minutes, the sides of the chips feel very smooth and the edges round off and make them easy to shuffle. I think these chips are more fun to shuffle than any other, but the low weight makes the chips feel almost like they're going to go flying all over the place when you handle/shuffle them. ​
    The stackability of these chips is poor to marginal. Stacked up, the chips look like they should. No gaps like with ceramic chips. While the "NEVADA" mold on the face of the chip feels rough, the chips do not stick together at all. If you have a stack of 20 broken-in chips and you grab them from the base and slide the chip across a surface at normal pace for pushing chips into a pot, you will be very lucky if the top 5-7 chips don't slide off the stack. This is very hard to get used to when the NJ ceramics I have are nearly impossible to budge when stacked up. This problem just adds to the "weightless/plastic" feeling of the chips. It does help with shuffling to a degree, however.

    There's more. The different denominations of chips don't stack up to the same size. That's right. The green and black chips are the "shortest" and are the same size. The red, blue, white, and yellow chips are bigger. Stacked 20 high, they are about 1/3 of a chip taller than the black/green chips. The purple and brown ($5000) chips are about 1/2 chip taller. This will bother perfectionists (let's face it, if you post on or read a poker chips board, you're a perfectionist) and is rather frustrating when you place a stack of 10 chips on top of two stacks of 20. They lean and are even more prone to spilling.

    Oh, it gets better. We have the beloved Blue Chip "spinnies" as well. These are chips that spin like a top when on a flat surface. Some of the denominations have very few of these. With the green chips, it's like the plague. They're everywhere. I would say that at least 4/5 of these chips are spinnies. No exaggeration. This is extremely frustrating, to say the least. With the other denominations, the ratio is more like 1/25 or less. The great thing about these is that they make the already slick surface of the chips even worse. When there is a spinnie in your stack, all of the chips from the spinnie up will rotate when touched. They will also slide off even worse than before. The stack will also lean and teeter if it's a particularly bad one. If you grab the top of the stack, you can rock the stack back and forth on the spinnie. The problem seemed to subside in my sample of 25 as they got broken in, but not nearly enough to where they aren't noticeable. The really bad ones remained really bad no matter how broken in they got.

    They look great stacked, though. ​
    The sound of these chips is fair. I don't particularly care for the sound of a Paulson, so it wasn't like I kept saying to myself "Oh, it's nothing like a Paulson". The sound of this chips is bright but, again, they sound a little like plastic chips. If you heard them you'd know they were clay, but it's right on the edge of sounding like plastic. The sound is very similar to the sound of a NJ ceramic, but a little brighter. The sound does not bother me, personally, because I don't like the way Paulsons sound. However, the majority of chip fanatics do, so the sound of the NJ clays will bother them. ​
    The looks are fantastic. Nevada Jacks really nailed it when they set out to design that had the same "look" throughout all of the denominations. The NEVADA mold gives the chip a rugged, old-west look, and the colors add to that. Each chip blends bright colors with dull colors for a look that screams old-west. Unlike the new Paulsons, the colors are well-selected and are easy on the eyes (i.e. you don't need sunglasses to look at the edgespots or $1000 chips).

    Stacked up, the colors look even better. Each chip has a unique edgespot scheme. The 25 cent chip has no edgespots, the $1 chip has 4 bi-colored single spots, the $5 has 4 thicker bi-colored single spots, the $25 has 4 double bi-colored spots, the $100 has 4 triple spots, the $500 has 3 double bi-colored spots, the $1000 has 2 thin and 2 thick bi-colored edgespots, and the $5000 chip has 4 singe-colored edgespots. The progression of edgespots is great, and each one has the same look that really makes you feel like you're playing in a saloon... or something like that. I think the majority of the people here would prefer the streamlined/high-class look of the Martini Clubs or Paulsons. I don't understand why, but that's how it goes. Personally, I think NJ deserves a lot of credit for going with colors and schemes that are unique and bold. But what the hell do I know?

    One thing worth mentioning is that the inlays on these chips can be offcenter at times. Unlike the "Shell" mold, it's very rare on these chips... maybe as few as 1/25. That's pretty good by Blue Chip standards, but it is there for all of you perfectionists.​
    Considering the fact that these chips are priced at much more than they're worth, I don't think you'll have to worry about people buying them to bring them to your cash game. But as far as being original, I don't think there's any other chip out there that looks as original as the NJ clays. They have bold edgespots with multiple schemes. This is one thing Paulson could have stood to adopt from Nevada Jacks. But daring edgespots don't really make up for the other problems. ​
    Here's another strong point of the chips. Because they're hard, they are extremely difficult to damage. You can slam the chips together, throw them on a table, and they'll look just the same. The colors will not rub off on one another as they do with Paulsons (although you can make the dark colors appear on lighter chips by scratching them hard against one another). Some of the chips look like someone took a bite out of the edge. As far as I know, those chips came that way, but it's possible that handling them in certain ways could result in this. In general, though, the chips are nearly impossible to damage or discolor through normal use. ​
    Reviewers Comments
    I own these chips.​
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    Last edited: Apr 5, 2006

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