Review of the Archetype Chip Line
This is an unsolicited review of our Archetype chip line that
was sent in by a customer who purchased the Archetype chips.
Being a professional reviewer for a certain home theater publication
and other magazines in the hobby genre, he wrote in that he
felt compelled to "get the word out about these excellent
chips", and thus submitted this review for publishing
on our web site.
on, ask him what he paid for them," my wife grumbled
over her paltry pocket two's she was going to ride all the
way to the river, again. I haven't the heart to tell her that
she isn't going to be making her set as Lance is on the button,
and he shuffles like an orangutan with arthritis, and somehow
the cards from the previous hand always end up resting at
the bottom of the deck after he's done fumbling with them.
Since I folded one of the two's last hand and my wife used
up the other to make her straight, I figure she isn't going
to be much of a factor chasing deuce dreams down the river
on this hand, so I shift my focus to the monkey and his wife.
true what they say, people will tell you nothing, but they'll
show you everything given enough time. They'll give up the
farm then look at you in that unsettled way as you begin dragging
chips across the felt. That look suggests you might be cheating,
or worse, in bed with the devil. It's a trick psychiatrists
use when drawing out their
patients. They sit there, staring over their fashionable wire
frames at you without the promise of conversation, and they
wait you out. Moment by moment, the silence is unnerving.
Pretty soon, your blurting things you never told your closest
friends and feeling pretty 'handled' by the whole event. I
imagine psychiatrists make pretty good
poker players, but what do I know? There aren't many--
paid six-hundred dollars for poker chips!?"
there it is.
was blind sided. While stalking the possibility that Lance
might have been chasing a flush, his wife, Emily, and my own
were discussing my latest purchase. Lanced paused a second
to steal a glance at her, shrugged, then lobbed a hundred-dollar
chip, unmoved by the knowledge of its actual value, into the
pot and announcing his seventy-five dollar raise. Yep, he
was hunting a flush, and I was pretty sure it would be a bob-tailed
one at that. I considered that probably Emily had nothing
as she was pretty easily distracted by the cost of the Archetypes
we'd been splashing around pots all night. All of a sudden
she's acting like she can't bear to handle them anymore. Maybe
that's why she folded to her husband's raise, maybe not. But
now I'm in the know and one king shy of my first hand of Alabama
Night Riders in undoubtedly more than a year of regular play,
and God, I think I can smell him lurking at the top of Lance's
deck. Looks like I'm going to be dragging chips across the
felt again, that is, if Lance doesn't burn him out.
I say limping into his raise. "I didn't spend six-hundred
dollars on poker chips."
lie," Susan points at me before calling the raise herself.
"I saw the statement."
saw the total. I didn't just get chips you know. I got a couple
of decks of cards too." I needle the monkey for the turn
card, pretending I don't see my bride glaring at me from my
left. As predicted, the turn completes my four kings, and
I nearly soil myself. With one sly, and calculating move I
double tap the table and pass to the wife, who does the same.
been looking at different chips for ages. I've got so many
samples scattered throughout my house over the last few months
that I imagine I could have purchased a very nice set of chips
for what I paid obtaining samples. This comes after playing
for years with poker chips that I only thought were acceptable.
I've made the transition from chip neophyte to chip geek in
that time by clicking through poker chip
review sites across the ether in search of my perfect set.
Now, as sensible as the process of obtaining samples are,
there's nothing quite like playing a few hands with a mound
of chips. After months of agonizing over the subtleties of
one chip in comparison to another and painfully slow processes
of convincing myself whether I wanted one type of chip over
another, I finally decided to give the Archetypes a try. There,
the money is spent, and they are on their way. Like rockets
fired into the void, I hoped that I had hit my mark.
first thing you see as you open the individual boxes are the
chip edges. These edges appear surprisingly glossy, almost
as if the finish were lacquered. The moment you pull a stack
out, however, your attention is fixed on the stunning quality
on the chip's face. They are indeed beautiful, and my first
impression was that the feel was
slightly chalky, perhaps mimicking the dusty, whispery feel
of a new set of real clay chips. But I have never seen clay
chips that looked this sharp. Under fluorescent light the
colors were very contrasty and vivid. The 25$ and 1000$ denominations
were especially vibrant, eye candy to be sure. Another first
impression, due in part to the rounded edge, is that these
chips are somewhat thinner than traditional clay chips, but
a quick check with the calipers set the facts straight faster
than the life span of a boy band. The denominations that I
received (1$, 5$, 25$, 100$, 500$, 1000$, and 5000$) were
of identical design, but the 5000$ chip had the added enhancement
of a two-toned gray base color gradient. Also, the 5000$ and
500$ chips had what appeared to be a granite look around the
edges. These are some of the smartest and sexiest chips I
have ever seen!
edge graphics were the best looking among the lighter colored
chips. Indeed the 100$ and 1000$ chips were more difficult
to make out even under fluorescent light. There were no such
problems with any of the other chips. Although they have plenty
of edge enhancements, they didn't look as busy as a stack
of many of the standard clay chips in the same price range
and as demonstrated in television tournaments and in movies.
This is not to say that I long for that traditional clay chip
after receiving my Archetypes, but that it is something that
you may notice after gaping at the chip face for a while.
Admittedly, no edge could do that face justice. They just
have that wonderful, classy look.
with the calipers again as I begin taking measurements of
a random collection of the various denominations of my new
chips. I pulled out about 15 total, all at random, and they
were all within a very tight range of .005" of each other
at about 1.55". The thickness of each of the chips were
just as exacting, except that I noticed a slight
difference in edge depth as opposed to center depth. After
closer examination I noticed that the chip edges were higher,
and the depth dropped off almost immediately as you moved
toward the center. This is not something I notice with the
naked eye and the distance is within a tiny .005", but
it is real enough. So are the chip faces scalloped or are
the edges simply higher? My reasoning points me to the latter
and it begins to make sense as to why.
edges of all the chip faces are white, in fact, they looked
to be bare ceramic. If this is a design element, it works
on two fronts as it allows that the chip faces don't quite
touch as the chips are rubbed together. Only the edges are
in contact with one another concealing wear over time. Also,
the white edge contrasts well against the actual color of
the rest of the chip creating the illusion of a sharper edge
on the chip, giving it a less rounded look. This allows the
chip to appear more square-like than traditional clay chips.
I have seen all-white ceramic chips (Crystal Oyster and even
the 1$ denomination of the Archetypes) that look too rounded
because of this lack of contrast and the overall look of the
chip suffers because of it. How long it will take for this
edge to wear away enough so that the faces begin to work on
one another remains to be seen, but I feel confident enough
that I may never see that many games of poker in my lifetime.
dimples on the chip edges are there, and you do not have to
submit the chip to any kind of magnification to notice it,
but the dimples subtle and are in no way distracting, the
beauty of the face of these chips do all of that. In some
chips the dimple falls on one of the edge stripes or is concealed
in one of the edge denomination markings and it is nearly
invisible when this happens. About the best I could tell you
to assuage your worries about it is to suggest that in more
than twenty games played since I purchased them, I am the
only one to look close enough to notice the dimples. They
simply aren't a factor.
splash analysis results in a pleasant stone sound that is
a close relative of the slightly sharp tone of clay. This
chips sound a little brighter than traditional clay and a
handful hitting the pot has a nice crack that grows on you
rabbit-fast. It is a crisp sound, fifth-gear, high and very
pleasant. I actually prefer the sound of the ceramics.
feel is fantastic for a non clay chip. I don't know how much
R&D went into the design of this particular chip, but
I am certainly pleased that they aren't the slightest bit
slick or suffer in any way from being too smooth. The Archetypes
feel particularly raw to me, a small step up from a stone
surface texture, and they stack perfectly
without the annoying slip and slide from the slightest bump.
One of my methods for determining an appropriate chip texture
is to hold a stack about an inch and a half off the table
and drop them, one at a time, on top of each other. Chips
with an acceptable feel and texture will stack without bouncing
and sliding off of one another from a height of at least an
inch. The 11.5 gram coin-weighted plastic chips you can
pick up in any department store do not perform well at all
at just over an inch. At three inches the Archetypes hit like
Bilbo Baggins's ring on the floor of his foyer, almost magnetic
with precious little bounce. As the chip stack rises, they
maintain their collective attraction and do not begin to topple
until I try it at a height of about four inches. A remarkable
are these chips worth that kind of money? As with anything
else, worth is subjective and your dedication to the avocation
of poker as a hobby or business venture should determine what
is and what is not worth 'x' amount of dollars. If you play
poker six times a year with friends and family, then I doubt
many people could justify such a high price for chips, but
if you host regular home poker tournaments, or
you take the game serious enough that it consumes a great
deal of your time, many would argue that you can't afford
not to own a set of ultra high quality chips. I'm not a pro
player by any stretch of the imagination, but I have already
made up my mind, after having spent hours using them, that
I will continue to expand upon this set until I
have at least a thousand (providing I find a better way to
conceal the purchase of them from my bride). The people who
have been playing poker at my house over the years have had
their hands on a wide variety of different chips, and everyone
agrees that these are the best of the bunch. I haven't heard
anything negative about the
Archetypes yet, and believe me, I've heard my share of complaints
in regards to chips over the years.
they bring your game up? Reasonable people would laugh at
even the suggestion, but I AM sitting on those Alabama Night
Riders, aren't I? And I suspect the monkey across the table
from me is thinking of trying to scare me off the pot with
a big bet fresh off the turn. I got no complaints.
Submitted by Chris Knox