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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

Every so often we get asked a “poker history” question which we try to answer in our blog. We figure if one poker fan wants to know about something poker-related, then probably a lot more of you would like to know too. Questions about poker chips come up a lot, so once again we are revisiting a blog that we published a couple of times in the past.

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 1800s. 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.

Texas Poker Store Custom ChipsAt 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 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 80s 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.

Las Vegas 14 Gram Poker ChipsGoing 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 this set of 300 Las Vegas chips, ideal for bringing the casino feel to your next home game. Each chip is made of clay composite materials and weighs 14 grams. The chips are housed in a walnut case. 

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Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

First things first;  the perfect man cave to you may not be perfect to others. We’re going to make our suggestions based on what would be some cool stuff to put into a poker-themed man cave. The following suggestions are based on our experiences playing poker at way too many places from California to New York.

The man caves we have had the privilege of being invited to range from tiny rooms to large open spaces that could fit several poker tables as well as maybe a craps table, a pool table, and even a full bar. 

First and foremost for any poker-themed room would, of course, be the perfect table, and that would obviously depend on your budget. So, we’ll begin today with some ideas for a medium- budget room:

Lumen Poker TableThe Lumen Poker Table, priced at just under $2400 (including shipping), is a kidney-bean shaped table with 11 positions (10 players + a dealer). It has integrated LED lighting, cup holders, Napa pedestal legs, and can be fully customized with your own graphics, USB Ports, Dealer chip trays, and lots more. Great table perfect for that medium-end budget.

Desert Heat 1000 count chip set

Then, of course, you’ll need some poker chips. The perfect set for this set-up,  the 1000 count Claysmith “Desert Heat” chip set in an aluminum case, comes in at just slightly more than $200.00, and it even includes a dealer button and three decks of cards.

You can then decorate your room, again depending on your budget, with a large screen TV, maybe a few poker signs, a cool sound system to play your favorite tunes, a bar with a mini fridge, and you’re ready to host some friendly poker games.

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Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

After seven days of play, the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the final table. After more than 8000 eager participants were systematically dwindled down to the final nine players the Final Table was set.

We’ve reported most of the results from all other events and now we’re ready to see who of the niners will take home the most coveted World Series of Poker championship, the Gold Bracelet, and $10,000,000 dollars to sweeten the moment.

We watched intently as Hossein Ensan moved up the field to take the lead. On day 4 he had around 3,000,000 in chips, day 5 he came in at just over 7,000,000 chips, then day 6 he amassed roughly 34,000,000 and looked unstoppable. By the end of day 7, Ensan was clearly the leader of the pack with an outstanding 177,000,000 chip count. The 2nd closest chip count belongs to Garry Gates, with just over 99 million chips.

And thus the Final Table has been set. Everyone will get a much needed rest until later today with play resuming at 6:30 p.m.

Here are the Final Nine:
Seat 1 – Hossein Ensan – 177,000,000 Chips – CHIP LEADER
Seat 2 – Nick Marchington – 20,100,000 Chips
Seat 3 – Dario Sammartino – 33,400,000 Chips
Seat 4 – Kevin Maahs – 43,000,000 Chips
Seat 5 – Timothy Su – 20,200,000 Chips
Seat 6 – Zhen Cai – 60,600,000 Chips
Seat 7– Garry Gates – 99,300,000 Chips
Seat 8 – Milos Skrbic – 23,400,000 Chips
Seat 9 – Alex Livingston – 37,800,000 Chips

Here’s the remaining final table schedule:

Sunday, July 14 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 15 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 – 5:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 6:00 p.m. Play will continue until the 2019 World Champion of Poker is crowned.

Good luck gentlemen. We all know you need lady luck on your side now more than ever.

We recognize that other events have been played, big money has been won, and a few events are still being played concurrent to the Main Event . We will acknowledge all the winners in a final post.

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