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Inlay Design

Our carefully crafted design incorporates the enduring laurel wreath minted on coins, currency, and medals throughout history. Our professional designers envisioned an elegant chip that would be just as suitable today as it would be a hundred years from now. We arrived at a classically simple yet distinctive design. We purposely steered clear of any tacky faux-casino logos or fantasy themes. You don’t see these on cards. We felt you shouldn’t have to look at them on your chips either.


InPlay Clay Poker Chip Line

InPlay Clay Poker Chips

 
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The InPlay Clay line is the successor to the popular Modern Clay line, the first great clay poker chip that we designed and built from the ground up. Our goal with the InPlay Clay line was to go above and beyond “a great clay poker chip” and create the finest home game poker chip on the market.

How can you improve a great clay poker chip?

When poker players were telling us they wanted chips, “exactly like the casinos use”, we took them literally and designed and produced the exact same chips that casinos order, straight from the manufacturer, with the dust still on them. That’s what they were screaming for, so that’s what we gave them.

We could have stopped right there and still have had what is widely considered the premier clay poker chip on the market today. Of course, we're not really ones to rest on our laurels.

In our continuing relentless pursuit of a better poker chip, we asked ourselves if it was possible to make even better chips. So we decided to delve into the mind of home game poker players and ask them what reservations they had (if any) about the top clay poker chips on the market. What we found out was a little surprising. While they loved clay poker chips, there were a number of reservations that were widely shared. They biggest complaints were as follows:

  • The chip edges are too sharp - The most common complaint we heard was that the clay poker chips people were buying for their home games had sharper edges then they remember casino chips having. Since casinos use chips for about seven years on average before destroying them, the average chip you see in a casino is about 3.5 years old and thus has nicely rounded edges. In fact, most people have never even seen a brand new casino chip, so when they were asking for chips “exactly like the casinos use,” they really were asking for a chip that’s been worn in for 3.5 years.
  • The chips are too rough –We heard a lot of people complaining that the face of the clay chips they were buying for their home games were overly rough, unlike what they were used to in casinos. This complaint is related to the issue of the edges being too sharp (people are used to worn in chips, not new chips right out of the factory), but has a slightly different root cause. The mold for most clay chips used in casinos is intentionally made with a rough, textured surface. The exact reasons for this intentionally textured surface is debatable, even among industry insiders, but the general consensus is that it makes for better friction between chips which makes them stay in stacks better. Nonetheless, most casino chips become smooth after just a few years in play and still stack just fine, and casinos continue to use them another five or more years. As we found out, home game users far prefer the feel of the smooth “worn in” chips. The tradeoff in ability to stack is negligible, if noticeable at all. From what we can tell, the reason casino chips are intentionally made rough, may be just be based on unsubstantiated notions, or worse yet, just plain habit.
  • Inlay design is severely lacking – A widely held belief is that casino chip design, namely inlay design, is fairly poor. Not only for home game poker chips, but for actual casino chips as well. There is a lot of frustration on the part of home game poker players when it comes to design.
  • Home game mold designs are lacking – Home game poker players tend to agree that the molds the casinos use are pretty nice. Their thoughts about the home game poker market mold designs are quite different. The general consensus seems to be, “Why is it so difficult? Especially when you’ve got great casino mold designs to model them after?”

The birth of a legend

Knowing exactly what home poker players were dissatisfied with in the currently available clay poker chip market, our task was simple.

  1. Give them a clay poker chip that mimics a casino chip that’s been in play in a casino for about 3.5 years.
  2. Create a mold design on par with top casino molds.
  3. Go outside of the currently lacking poker chip design world and get fresh design inspiration from other industries where design is considered outstanding.

The resulting effort created a rather innovative leap forward in clay poker chips, in terms of both design and the all important touch and feel component.

Our InPlay Clay line utilizes our throwback Cigar & Snifter mold, what some insiders in the poker chip industry consider the finest mold ever produced. The engraving design features an intricate cigar and snifter design, repeated 8 times around the track of the chip. Two concentric circles frame this repeating design, one inside and one outside.

The innovation that really sets the InPlay Clay line apart from every poker chip in the world is the innovative (and intentional) smooth feel of the track and edge of the chip combined with the popular textured, cross-hatched inlay surface. Unlike all other clay chips in the world, which come out of the factory with a rough surface, the InPlay Clay chip has an unmistakable smooth feel. It feels just like a chip that has been in use in a casino for 3-5 years, exactly what home users have been screaming about for years.

Lastly, our idea to bring good design to the poker chip market is a very simple and straightforward idea. If the industry is plagued with bad design, then go outside of the industry for your talent. Give that talent full autonomy to design a poker chip as if it were the first chip ever designed, and intended to establish a benchmark for all future designs. Have them borrow from award winning designs in other design disciplines, as well as completely unrelated industries that are known for great design. Our InPlay Clay line very successfully took this approach and borrowed from proven international currency design.

InPlay Clay line features:

  • Industry Leading Innovation! Smooth clay touch and feel built right into the mold of the chip – A major innovation for home game poker chips that gives them the “InPlay” feel of a poker chip that’s been properly broken-in within a casino environment.
  • Industry Leading Innovation! Each chip in pre-oiled for optimum touch, feel, and sound – Borrowing from a little known phenomenon in the casino chip collecting world, we break-in these clay poker chips with a labor-intensive oil treatment process that mimics exposure to hand oil, a process that can take 10 hours or more per chip set for a chip collector. The result is a finely polished chip that livens up the chip colors and provides that unmistakable “InPlay” feel.
  • 100% Authentic Casino Chips - Same clay chips, same manufacturer, as those used in numerous popular Las Vegas casinos including the prestigious Mandalay Bay
  • Exclusive mold - This chip line uses Sidepot Gaming Company's highly touted throwback mold design, the Cigar & Snifter mold.
  • Highly refined base and dual edge spot color combinations - The colors are a key, yet often overlooked, element of a chips beauty.
  • 11 Denominations – The widest denomination selection of any clay poker chip on the market. Choose from 25 cent to $5000 denominations.
  • Textured cross-hatched inlay surface - Not flat and lifeless just because it’s easier to make.
  • Inspired inlay design – Inspired by the award-winning design elements of popular International currency.

Archetype Casino Chip Line

Great design gets noticed!
See images of our popular Archetype chips featured prominently in Dealmaster 2.0 and on the cover of William Poundstone's latest novel Fortune's Formula.

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Archetype Poker Chip Line
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Our Archetype casino chip line brings the exact same full-color design and single composite material construction chips, that you’ll see in many Vegas casinos today, right into your next home poker game. Casinos that use this chip include landmarks such as the Luxor, the Palms, Bally’s/Paris, the Excalibur, as well as most cruise ship casinos, and many US casinos outside of Vegas and around the world. While most Vegas casinos still use a clay chip that is a very close relative of our Modern Clay poker chip line, chips just like our Archetype casino chip line are popping up more and more in Vegas as they allow for much higher resolution graphics and security.

Our professionally designed Archetype casino chip line takes full advantage of the high-resolution graphics and rich color spectrum provided by the unique manufacturing process of these ultra-durable 10-gram chips. The colors and design came out so well on these chips, you may have a hard time taking your eyes off them. Quite simply, they’re stunning. Additionally, and unique to this style chips, the denominations are printed on the rolling edge of each chip in addition to on the face.

The touch and feel of our Archetype casino chip line has a distinctive smooth yet textured linen finish. They’re smooth, but not slippery, which is very important. Because they are not clay, the tendency is to assume the touch, feel, and sound of these chips is similar to all other composite-type chips. This couldn’t be farther from the truth as the feel of these chips has been refined over almost two decades. They feel 100 times better than poor imitations, cheap plastic chips, or the so-called “clay” chips that come out of China. Other composites can feel anywhere on the spectrum from sand paper to hard plastic, which is why you won't find any of them in Vegas.

The Archetype casino chip line is the only composite chip real players should consider. Go with the Archetype, go clay, or go home.


Modern Clay Poker Chip Line

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The same company that creates clay casino chips for many Vegas casinos, including the prestigious Mandalay Bay, manufactures our Modern Clay poker chip line. We’ve taken great strides to ensure the Vegas authenticity of our Modern Clay line goes right down to the last detail. You simply can't find a more authentic Vegas clay chip... not even if you grab one off the table at your favorite Vegas casino.

Our Modern Clay poker chip line was designed from the ground up over a five-month period to embody everything discriminating poker players’ want in a clay poker chip. We brought together seasoned gamblers, professional designers, and the family behind the most popular clay chip in the history of Vegas, the original Top Hat & Cane Chip. Our task? Dream up the perfect clay poker chip and make it a reality. Out of that collaboration came the unique and purposely designed “Courts & Numerals” mold, a new classic.

We found out pretty quickly that it’s the details that count when crafting the perfect clay poker chip. What makes this clay poker chip special? Every element of its design was knowingly designed to make it just right, such as:

  • The unmistakable clay touch and feel – the foundation of any great poker chip
  • A well defined and distinctive mold – balanced, yet artful
  • Highly refined base and dual edge spot color combinations – the colors are a key, yet often overlooked, element of a chips beauty
  • A suction-inducing inlay cavity – a Vegas secret that keeps the chips stacked even when craps dice are flying everywhere
  • A textured cross-hatched inlay surface – not flat and lifeless just because it’s easier to make
  • Our already classic inlay design - enduring Laurel wreath and dice design

The Modern Clay chip line is truly a one of a kind in a world of imitators.


Neophyte Poker Chip Line

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"When it comes to chips, a good place to start is the Neophyte Poker Chip from www.buypokerchips.com."

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Our Neophyte poker chip line represents an attractive mid-range poker chip that is ideally suited towards value-conscious consumers. Neophyte, by definition, means beginner or novice, so it’s appropriate that this line was added to our offerings as a starter set for customers that weren’t quite ready to drop $500-$600 on a set of true casino-quality chips such as our Modern Clay or Archetype lines.

The foundation for the Neophyte poker chip is currently what we’ve found to be the best mid-range poker chip available on the market, which we’ve substantially enhanced with our classically designed 4-color Laurel wreath and dice silkscreen inlay that comes in 8 denominations. The combination of the economical base and the 4-color inlay (reminiscent of what you’d find on our true casino lines) makes for good quality, denominated chips that can be offered at a value-conscious price.

These chips are not clay or “clay composite”, as no inexpensive poker chips are, no matter what anyone tells you. All inexpensive poker chips are injection molded and it’s physically impossible to injection mold clay. They’re all some kind of plastic composite, and are typically made in China. Whatever you do when buying inexpensive poker chips elsewhere, make sure you get a sample first as there are two predominant types, one that feels a bit like a hockey puck, and one that is unmistakably hard cheap plastic (sometimes called ABS). We strongly recommend staying away from ABS. The Neophyte poker chip line contains a somewhat rubbery substance, which makes it approximate a clay chip far better than any other inexpensive poker chip out there.

Since this will be a starter set for many and to ensure an easy path to ownership of a real clay poker chip set, all customers who buy a Neophyte set of 300 chips or more can participate in our Trade-up Program and get a trade-up option worth up to $100 off one of our real clay poker chip sets (see details).


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