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|100% authentic casino chips… rarer than you
Shopping for real casino quality chips is a frustrating
and confusing pursuit. The vast majority of so called “casino-grade”,
“casino-style”, or “clay composite” poker chips
you see on the market are nothing close to the actual chips they are using
in Las Vegas casinos today. The majority of these chips (which come in
hundreds of styles and colors) are nothing more than injection-molded
plastic poker chips. You can find different varieties of these chips pretty
much everywhere online and in regular retail stores. Some have metal inserts.
Some do not. Some weight 8 grams. Some weigh 11.5 grams. Some weight more
and some weigh less. All of them claim to be “just like the casinos”,
yet almost none are.
In reality, there are only a handful of stores (online and offline) in
the world where one can purchase chips identical to the ones used in Las
Vegas today. The primary reason is that there are only four manufacturers
that outfit all of the casino chips for Las Vegas casinos (and most of
the other casinos in the world), and one of these only outfits a few of
the smaller clubs. Combine that with the fact that they essentially print
currency for a highly regulated industry in a town with historical connections
to the mafia, and you have the makings of a very tightly held industry.
In fact, they’d prefer most people don’t even know who they
are. I don’t blame them.
We utilize two of the three major manufacturers exclusively for both
of our high-end poker chip lines including the Archetype,