Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Because so many of you and so many requests by our followers asked again about poker chips and their origin, we thought we would revisit “the Real Story” behind your chips. If you google “The History of poker chips” you will find enough results to satisfy your desire to learn all about the “poker chips” we have been playing with since the early 1800’s. There’s nothing new that I can tell you that hasn’t already been said. Maybe future technology will come up with some mind-blowingly different way to go “all in,” but for right now it is still pretty much the same as it always was and using poker chips is still the most accurate and fun way to play the game.
At least for now, the biggest question still out there is; what exactly is a “Casino Quality Poker Chip”? Ever since poker’s current popularity, almost anyone you ask and certainly most players believe that a real casino quality chip is 11.5 grams and it’s made out of clay. Not so fast.
Today, a standard casino chip is 39 millimeters in diameter with a weight ranging from 8.5 grams to 10.5 grams…not 11.5! Clay composition chips are very popular with casinos and the general poker playing public. The vast majority of “Casino Quality Poker Chips” are “clay” chips that in reality are better described as compression molded chips. However, ceramic chips were introduced sometime in the 80’s as an alternative to clay chips, and are also currently used by casinos worldwide. These ceramic chips are actually injection-molded chips made with a special plastic or resin formula that approximates the feel and sound of ceramic or porcelain.
Going against most players way of thinking, I’m here to tell you that no poker chip, or any kind of casino gaming chip, going back all the way to the 80s, 70s, 60s and maybe even before that, has been made out of 100% clay. As far as I know that’s the real story. Check out these “Bluff Canyon” clay composite poker chips, we think you’ll like them as much as we do!