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Sidepot Partners for Online Clay Poker Chip Contest with Innovative Design Tool
April 27, 2006
Online retailer of high-end poker chips and supplies for home games, Sidepot Gaming Company, and Internet poker forum ChipTalk.net have partnered for an innovative online contest that includes poker players in the actual chip design process. The winning design will be used for Sidepot’s newest clay poker chip line, the Protégé. (read more)

Sidepot Gaming Company to Offer Custom Clay Poker Chips
December 8, 2005
Online retailer of high-end poker chips and supplies for home games, Sidepot Clay Poker Chips Company, announced the launch of the first customizable poker chip line that uses the same high quality clay chips as those used in top Las Vegas casinos – and is also available to private players. (read more)

Neophyte Poker Chips Chosen for Poker Magazine’s Gift Guide
December 6, 2005
Online retailer of high-end poker chips for home players, BuyPokerChips.com, and their “Neophyte” chip line have been chosen for the All In Poker magazine’s Holiday 2005 Gift Guide as a top pick for home poker chips. (read more)


Sidepot Gaming Company In the News

Bluff Magazine Features Le Paulson Noirs Dec 2009 - Bluff Magazine
Rounding out a 2009 trifecta in the holiday guides for all three of the world's top poker magazines, Sidepot's Le Paulson Noir clay poker chips are the only chip featured in Bluff's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide (see details)
   
Poker Pro Magazine features Le Paulson Noir chips Dec 2009 - Poker Pro Magazine
Sidepot's Le Paulson Noir clay poker chips are featured in the 2009 holiday edition of their "Gotta Have it" section (see details)
   
All In Magazine Features Le Paulson Noir chips

Dec 2009 - All In Magazine
Sidepot's Le Paulson Noir clay poker chips are the only poker chip featured in their 2009 Holiday Gift Guide (see details)

   
FreshRadar Product Recommendations
June 2009 - FreshRadar.com
A product and media review website that caters to men 21 and above.They're very selective about what they review, and if they can't recommend it, they won't mention it. Zach McFarlen, the founder, and one of five contributing bloggers recommends our Le Paulson Noir poker chip line.
   
Paulson Poker Chip Review January 2008 - Inside Counsel
- Sidepot's Le Paulson Noir line editorially featured in the exclusive In Review spotlight.
   

Poker Chip Gifts Guide

December 2005 - All In Magazine - Sidepot's Neophyte line is featured in 2005 Holiday Gift Guide (see details)

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Company Milestones

September 2003 BuyPokerChips.com was founded by Stephan Aarstol in San Diego, California in the fall of 2003 to address the severely underserved market for high-end poker chips.
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December 2003

Opened for Business

Introduced our first high-end clay poker chip, the Vintage Vegas line. It was an instant success. Sales outpaced production capacity after only a month and there was a 2-4 month waiting list for the first six months following its introduction.

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March 2004

Partnered with Mark Brandt, a woodworker and poker enthusiast, to develop a comprehensive e-Book on how to build high-quality poker tables. Sales were brisk, and knock-offs showed up within a few months. We made this freely available about a year later.

 

April 2004 Developed our first proprietary clay poker chip mold, the Courts & Numerals mold, in cooperation with one of the most prominent families in Las Vegas chip making over the last half century.
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June 2004

Launched the Modern Clay poker chip line, developed on the Courts & Numerals mold. With the introduction of this line, our production capabilities finally caught up to demand. We cured the waiting list problem.

Published a comprehensive online image index of casino chips currently in play at the top 40 casinos in Las Vegas. This was done to alleviate consumer confusion over what “real casino chips” were like.

 

July 2004 Expanded the breadth of our product selection by adding our first high-end ceramic casino chip, the Archetype line.
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September 2004 Introduced our first high-end poker table, the Monolith, produced by the same company that outfits the World Series of Poker and most of the prominent televised poker shows.
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November 2004

Opened a retail outlet at the Pangaea Outpost in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

 

December 2004

Changed our official company name and brand from BuyPokerChips.com to Sidepot Gaming Company.

Introduced our first “mid-range” poker chip, the Neophyte line, to address a more price sensitive segment of the customer base that we were attracting.

 

January 2005

Expanded the customer base we served to include over 30 countries worldwide.

 

February 2005

Archetype line selected by ClearVision Technologies to be used as the chip images in their DealMaster 2.0 dealer training software.

 

March 2005

Sidepot offices relocated from San Diego to Bellingham (above Seattle, WA).

 

April 2005 San Diego retail location closed down due to company relocation.
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July 2005

Launched the Poker Championship Series (PCS), a free poker league tracking application at Sidepot.net, for customer use.

 

August 2005

Developed the innovative Cigar & Snifter mold, a unique smooth clay poker chip mold, to wide acclaim within the poker chip aficionado community.

 

September 2005

Images of Archetype line selected by publisher FSG to be used on the cover art of Fortune’s Formula, a novel by William Poundstone.

 

October 2005

Crossed $1 Million sales revenue milestone.

In a continued effort to drive the high-end poker chip market forward, we introduced the innovative pre-oiled clay poker chip, the InPlay Clay line, on the Cigar & Snifter mold.

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December 2005

Neophyte line selected by All In Poker Magazine to be featured in their 2005 Holiday Poker Gift Guide.

Initialized customized casino-grade dual-edge spot clay poker chip offering to private players.

January 2006

 

 

February 2006

In cooperation with the leading online community for poker chip aficionados Sidepot launched the world’s first clay poker chip design contest (dubbed the Protégé contest), where the community collaborated and voted on everything from chip colors to inlay design.

Commissioned the development of an online application to design clay poker chips on the Cigar & Snifter mold.

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May 2006

Celebrated serving our 10,000th satisfied customer.

 

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August 2006 Crowned the winner of the Protégé contest, and initiated development of the Protégé clay poker line, which would re-introduce shaped inlays to the home poker chip market for the first time in 30 years. Over 50,000 chips pre-sold before the line was officially released.
September 2006

 

 

October 2006 In cooperation with the leading online resource for home game poker tournaments Sidepot launched the Mold Design Project, a clay poker chip mold design contest.
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February 2007

Introduced the cost effective Epiphany custom ceramic chips, a 2nd tier ceramic poker chip in terms of quality, but at 1/3rd the price of other high-end customized poker chips.

In cooperation with the leading online community for poker chip aficionados Sidepot launched a ceramic chip design contest (dubbed the Epiphany contest).

 

March 2007 Commissioned the development of an online application to design ceramic poker chips from a palette of 80 colors and a dozen chip track and rolling edge designs.
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June 2007

Began offering value-priced international shipping - flat-rate of $10 + $2/lb.

 

July 2007

Unveiled the Paradise mold, the first proprietary Paulson mold for the home market (to be used exclusively for Sidepot Gaming chips).

 

August 2007 Initiated development of the maiden chip line made on the Paradise mold, the Le Paulson Noir poker chip line, which is scheduled to be officially released in November 2007.
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January 2008 The Le Paulson Noir poker chip line receives editorial acclaim by Inside Counsel, the leading occupational and lifestyle magazine for affluent corporate lawyers.
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August 2008 Introduced supplemental denominations to our popular Protege line, which makes the Protege line the broadest poker chip line on the market by a wide margin with 17 denominational chips and 6 non denominational chips.
September 2008


Company headquarters are re-located to San Diego

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April 2009 Widely regarded as the leader in the high-end poker chip market, Sidepot extends it brand by entering the mid-range poker chip market with the Venerati line, a premium quality ceramic chip at a mid-range price point.
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July 2009 Sidepot Gaming exhibits at the 2009 World Series of Poker tradeshow event dubbed "Poker Palooza"
August 2009 Sidepot Gaming introduces a line of high-end, handcrafted solid hardwood poker chip cases priced from $129 to $529.
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December 2009 Sidepot's Le Paulson Noir clay poker chips score a trifecta, by getting exclusely selected for the holiday guide in all three of the world's top poker magazines: Bluff Magazine, All In Magazine, and Poker Pro.
June 2009 Sidepot opens an 850 sq. ft. retail location in Pacific Beach, San Diego at 4645 Cass St., Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92109.

 

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