These are the real deal ... genuine Paulson Top Hat & Cane casino poker chips! The chips that I used for this review came
from a local casino, Casino Windsor. Molds vary from casino to casino but the Paulson feel and quality are consistent and world
famous. The sound and feel of these chips far surpass any other home poker chip. Riffling a stack of these babies is a thing of
beauty. The solid or multi-color edge spots vary from casino to casino and from denomination to denomination within each casino.
I have numerous samples of these chips. Sample diameters were 39.14, 39.13, 39.39, and 39.11mm. The thickness of 3 chips
stacked together was 9.76mm.
The Paulson inlay feels a little slick at first but softens with age. Everything about this chip gets better with age. The
inlay could not be peeled off in any way. They hid scratches well and I had to gouge deep to reveal the base chip color. There
are denominations printed on almost all Paulson chips. There are no edge ridges on these chips.
The only home chips that come close to the look and feel of a Paulson chip are some of
the chips made by The Blue Chip Company, the former owners of Paulson chips before it was sold. Blue Chips are
lighter and feel much less robust than a Paulson chip. There is a slickness and hardness to a Blue Chip that is simply not
present in a Paulson. The Paulson even sounds more robust. There is just something substantial about the feel and sound of a
Paulson that reminds you of being in a casino. Chips such as the James Bond, Modern Clay, or Nevada Jack Clay
(all Blue Chips) come as close as you can get, and they are good, but they are not quite as good as a Paulson chip.
Paulson is introducing a new line of home poker chips in February 2005. An example of this new chip may be seen at the
Dice702 website. I also have a review of Paulson Vineyard Casino poker chips.
Make sure to also check out the information about
Paulson chips on my chip Manufacturers page.