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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
- Give them a clay poker chip that mimics a casino chip that’s
been in play in a casino for about 3.5 years.
- Create a mold design on par with top casino molds.
- 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
- 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