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The Complete "What should I buy?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Advice' started by Josh, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Josh

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    So one of the most intelligent questions a new member could (and often does) ask is "My budget is XX, what should I buy?"
    Here's a wiki to house the chiptalk collective wisdom on the subject.

    [DISCLAIMER] Although Chiptalk member recommendations are the ever, you should ALWAYS get samples first! Check out your options below, but buy samples before making a large purchase to make sure you know what you're getting. [/DISCLAIMER]


    Interlocking Bicycle Plastic Chips
    (Run away from these!)
    Price: $0.03
    Where: Bernings Bargains
    Pros: None.
    Cons: Too numerous to list. Worst ever. If this is all you can afford, don't buy any. Just use smarties and Necco wafers (for oversized high denoms, of course.)
    Pr0n:
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    Faux Clay
    (Great value if you can find the colors you need.)
    Price: $0.05
    Where: DCG
    Pros: Awesome price, stack like bricks, excellent feel, membership in FCN! The white fauxs can also be dyed. Dyed fauxs look especially fantastic when lazered.
    Cons: Fugly dice mold, only commercially available in white, red, grey (watch Classifieds and eBay for other colors), cannot be hot-stamped and can only be labeled with thin vinyl labels.
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    Super Diamonds
    (Skip these, save up a couple more dollars for something better.)
    Price: $0.05 - $0.06
    Where: DCG
    Pros: Price, great color availability, no metal insert (which means no *clink* sound)
    Cons: These are simply cheap plastic chips. Consider all variables not specifically declared a pro, as a con.
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    Suited / Royal Suited / Dice Chips
    (Scream in terror any time you see these chips. That will remind you not to buy.)
    Price: $0.06
    Where: DCG
    Pros: Better than interlocking Bicycle chips (I had to think of something.)
    Cons: Ugly, terrible 'clink' sound due to metal insert, stack terribly, slippery, lots of spinners. These chips suck.
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    Sopranos
    (Great chip for the price!)
    Price: $0.08
    Where: DCG
    Pros: Price, color availability, stack well, no metal insert (which means no 'clink' sound)
    Cons: No recess (so no custom labels), and they are plastic over a clay-like core (from this day forward, read "clay composite" as plastic.)
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    NexGen
    (Not a bad option, especially if you're on a tight budget and want to label.)
    Price: $0.09 - $0.20
    Where: DCG
    Pros: Price, colored inserts, stack well, better sound than slugged dice or suited chips, recessed (can be labeled.)
    Cons: They are plastic chips, some have "flashing" or seam issues from the injection molding process, most nexgens are slugged (metal insert), however, due to a different material they don't sound 'plinky'. NexGen Pro Classics are the same basic chip as injection molded Dunes Commemoratives (see below).
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    Chipco Unicorns
    (Some of the better plastic chips out there, some casinos use these for tournament chips.)
    Price: $0.20 blank/ $0.32 hotstamped
    Where: ChipcoUnicorn
    Pros: 13 colors to choose from, 13 colors of foil for hot-stamping; Good weight and texture; custom hot-stamp die available for $125; used by some casinos as their fractional/"win cards"/etc. chips.
    Cons: Plastic sound; stacks over 20-high not very stable; color-matching from one batch to another not consistent, edge spots not available.
    Pr0n:
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    Injection-molded Dunes Commemoratives
    (You're probably better off spending a bit more for the compression-molded below.)
    Price: $0.30
    Where: DCG and TheChiproom
    Pros: Excellent colors, nice graphics, low and high denoms, replicas from a legendary set...
    Cons: Plastic sound and slippery (high stacks can topple easily), label is a decal.
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Compression-molded Desert Palms
    (Great chips if you like the colors and inlays.)
    Price: $0.32
    Where: thechiproom
    Pros: Excellent colors, nice graphics, low and high denoms
    Cons: Not real clay.
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
    [​IMG]


    Compression-molded Dunes Commemoratives
    (Great chips if you like the colors and inlays.)
    Price: $0.39
    Where: thechiproom
    Pros: Excellent colors, nice graphics, low and high denoms, good edge spot progression, replicas from a legendary set, ...
    Cons: Not real clay, label is a decal (not inlaid like more expensive clay chips).
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
    [​IMG]


    Private Cardroom
    (Great chips if you like the colors and inlays.)
    Price: $0.45
    Where: Palm Imports New PI GB?
    Pros: Nice inlay, wide range of bright colors (includes low denoms through high denoms,
    Cons: Not real clay,label is a decal (not inlaid like more expensive clay chips).
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
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    Nevada Jacks Skulls
    (Your best low-budget ceramic option.)
    Price: $0.46 - $0.62
    Where: Nevada Jacks, DCG
    Pros: High quality, colorful graphics, stack well.
    Cons: Ceramic chip (not clay, this may not be a con for some.) Very popular = low game security.
    Pr0n: (thumbnails linked with permission from DCG)
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    Nevada Jacks Desert Sands
    (Similar to Skulls, different artwork.)
    Price: $0.46 - $0.62
    Where: Nevada Jacks, DCG
    Pros: High quality, colorful graphics, stack well.
    Cons: Ceramic chip (not clay, this may not be a con for some.) Non aligned edgespots (graphic on face of chip does not usually align with the graphic at edge)
    Pr0n: thumbnails posted without permission from Scoutens. If you're mad, take 'em down! Others linked with permission from DCG
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    Clay Solid Blanks
    (Finally some clay, but a tad on the plain side.)
    Price: $0.40-$0.90
    Where: ASM, HPC, PokerStore
    Pros: Absolute lowest price for new casino-grade clay chips. Fantastic feel and sound. Can be hotstamped at a later date (assuming they're not oiled.)
    Cons: solid = no inserts/edgespots, blank = no inlay, so they're not the most exciting chips visually.
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
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    Clay Spotted Blanks
    (Clay, and with extra colors)
    Price: $0.50-$1.80
    Where: ASM, PokerStore
    Pros: Fantastic feel and sound. Can be hotstamped at a later date (assuming they're not oiled, and depending on mold). Have inserts/edgespots.
    Cons: Limited inseert/edgespot combos, blank = no inlay, so they're not the most exciting chips visually.
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
    [​IMG]


    Clay Hotstamped Solids
    (Great chips, and your buddies won't complain about not having denoms.)
    Price: $0.50 - $0.95
    Where: ASM, BCC, HPC
    Pros: Casino-grade clay, fantastic feel and sound, stamps allow denominations and/or custom artwork
    Cons: hotstamps can wear out and dull over time (with heavy use), no full color graphics.
    Pr0n: (Some images linked with permission from holdempokerchips)
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    Ceramic Fantasy
    (Great full color graphics.)
    Price: $0.85 - $0.87
    Where: HPC
    Pros: Impressive graphics, professional design, stack great
    Cons: ceramic (not clay)
    Pr0n: (Some images linked with permission from holdempokerchips)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Ceramic Customs
    (Nice option for full customization and full color graphics.)
    Price: $0.50 - $1.25
    Where: Palm Imports, Nevada Jacks, Chipco, Mr. Chip, ABC, Marlow Casino Chips
    Pros: Full custom graphics - faces and rolling edges, stack great
    Cons: ceramic (not clay)
    Pr0n: Some images linked without permission from tri-lam. I linked 'em cause they're sweet, if you don't like it, take 'em down! :happy: (Some images linked with permission from holdempokerchips)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Clay Fantasy
    (Very popular chip sets among chip collectors.)
    Price: $1.00 - $1.49
    Where: HPC, ASM, DCG, Sidepot,
    Pros: Casino quality in every way. These are just like the real thing (except they're not.) Paulson available. Easy to assemble matching cash/tournement set.
    Cons: Not from a real casino.
    Pr0n: (Some images linked with permission from holdempokerchips)
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    Clay Custom
    (Customized casino clay. It doesn't get much better than this.)
    Price: $1.00 - $1.60
    Where: ASM, BCC
    Pros: 100% Casino quality in every way, and including your own custom artwork and color configurations. Can get 44mm customs. Easy to assemble matching cash/tournement set.
    Cons: Not from a real casino. Paulson not available.
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.

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    Real Casino Chips
    (The ever. The holy grail. You've come to the right place.)
    Price: $0.75 - $25+
    Where: eBay, Classifieds, Apache
    Pros: The ever. Casino-grade in every way. Why? Because they're from an actual casino, that's how they roll.
    Cons: Price, availability, having to explain your chip obsession to your friends. Difficult if not impossible to assemble matching cash/tournement set from same casino!
    Pr0n: thumbnails only please.
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    Summary (originally from Josh)
    Others, feel free to add your recommendations.
    Price: Under 25c each: Sopranos
    Price: 25 - 50c each: Solid, blank ASM clays or China Clay Pharaohs.
    Price: 50 - 75c each: Clay blanks or hotstamps
    Price: 75c - $1 each: Used Paulson fantasy or casino (if you're lucky)
    Price: Over $1 each: Clay customs or Real casino chips
     
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  2. toad94

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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Not 100% sure how the Wiki works, I don't want to edit in your work, but I would add "Chipco Unicorns" to the list.

    It would be cool to have a "What can I get when money is no object?" thread that takes off where this list ends. It would start realistically with ASM, BCC, Chipco, etc. and end with highly unrealistic, fully-custom, I-went-out-and-paid-$5000+-for-a-casino-license-and-background-check-so-I-could-order-these-chips Paulson set. (or perhaps the fabled I-went-out-and-married-one-of-Dennis'-relatives-so-I-could-make-custom-TRKs TR King set.) ; )
     
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  3. Josh

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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    That's the beauty of a Wiki, you can add them yourself! Just click edit and add them just like you would editing your own post.

    This way as things change the membership can keep this wiki and others like it up to date.
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    That's the "All playable casino sets" wiki by mac. :happy:
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Faux clay chips can be dyed. Is that a pro?
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Sounds like one to me! Lazered too...
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    YDM toad, thanks. I fixed your link. You can type the word out, highlight it, then click the globe/link icon to add the hyperlink.
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Great idea for a wiki, but how about a section for ceramic customs? Chipco and others could be included.
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Great idea. I know nothing about ceramic customs... I'll put the placeholder up there if you'll add some detail?? :happy:
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Sure, if I can figure out how to edit the wiki. :wink:
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    What about the chips "whose name shall never be uttered"? ... of course these could mean dice, suited, superdiamonds or... nexgens??
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Great question. Super diamonds probably belong based on price and color availability if nothing else. Nexgens and/or Progens could probably be there. I just can't see anyone here ever recommending dice/suited. What do you guys think?
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    My reading vision isn't what it used to be and I thought this was about what kind of chips you could get for SEX. Oops.

    :embarras:
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    I think "you are correct, sir." I am really intrigued by the chipco unicorns for some strange reason. I'm looking for a cheap chip with some security, and they may be the deal.
     
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    Re: The Complete "What can I get for $XX?" Wiki for our Beloved Noobies!

    Agreed. However, the dice/suited chips may have a place, a dishonorable mention so to speak. If this is for the noobs, they/we should also know what not to buy.
     
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    ok well I think this is a good list. Anyone want to add some pron tumbnails?
     
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    LOL, I thought this was a joke until I started to get to the bottom.
     
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    I could contribute pr0n thumbnails for the hotstamped chips - Grand Casino Biloxi hotstamps BAABY!
     
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