Archive for July 6th 2011

Watching any poker game, whether on TV or at a live event, you will immediately hear the unmistakable sound — music to most poker players’ ears — of the clicking of chips. The sound of the chips when tossed into the pot, the sound of players constantly fidgeting with their chips, some showing off some pretty impressive chip tricks like the simple “Chip Twirl” or one of the most difficult of all, the “Butterfly”. Some players choose to use these chip tricks to intimidate their opponents. But for the most part, it really is just mindless fidgeting with the chips.

But this article is not about “Poker Chip Tricks;” it’s really about the Poker Chips themselves. Poker chips have been around since the 1800s and have been made of various materials, with the most common being plastic and the more professional being ceramics or a clay composition. Chips also come in a variety of weights from between 8 to 11.5 grams.

And there are different Poker Chip colors including the most common: red, white, blue, green and black, along with newer colors that have been introduced including purple, pink, yellow, orange and gray and some that include two or three-color designs. The color differences are used to denote the various values of the chips and of course can be as widely varied as the players choose. In casinos, however, uniform chip colors and sizes are sometimes specified by the Gaming Control Board for uniformity and may be slightly different from state to state. All states require that casino chips have a unique combination of edge spots for identification, the name and location of the casino and the chip’s value, if any, printed, or molded onto both sides of the chip.

1000 chips in Aluminum case from Texas Poker Store

When buying poker chips for your friendly poker games you need to make sure you look for the right weight, colors and, of course, quantities you’ll need. The most common quantities come in sets of 300 or 500 chips, but you can get them in sets of 1,000. Don’t forget the Poker Chips’ material….what are they made of? Composite Resin Poker Chips are the choice for most. Have fun, enjoy your game and let us know what you think.


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