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Avalon Club poker chip review

Avalon Club Chip
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Chip3005006501000
ClayYYN 10HY/N10 1.203255356891050

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These are very nice Paulson true clay poker chips with a hot stamp. The chips come in both denominated and non-denominated versions in eight different colors. The inlay is a hot stamp that is a much better quality than what is shown in these scanned images. The reflective surface of the hot stamp interferes with the scanned images shown here. The hot stamp is impossible to scratch with a fingernail.

Poker chip The words 'AVALON CLUB', a winged horse appear on all the chips. The non-denominated chips have a fleur-de-lisle under the horse and the denominated chips have the denomination in both numerals and words. Denominations range from 25 cents to 5000. There are no currency symbols on these chips. Both sides of the chip are identical.

Avalon Club poker chips Please note that there are red colored chips, but my scanner does not work properly for red chips. The 5 and 5000 chips are a deep red color. You can see the true red color in the photograph shown to the right.

The mold design features the familiar Paulson Top Hat & Cane with symbols of the four suits (spades, diamonds, clubs, hearts). I like this mod and there is no sticking between the chips. Edge spots range from two simple one-color spots to four multi-colored spots.

Of course, these chips have a true clay feeling and a true clay sound. They have a nice thud to them.

Sample sizes were 39.13, 39.28, 39.11, 39.00, 39.14, 39.17, 39.07, 39.20, 39.08, 39.13, 39.00, 39.19, 39.25, 39.24, 39.29, 39.02, 39.08, and 39.03mm . Sample weights were 9.97, 10.00, 9.89, 9.88, 10.27, 10.46, 10.10, 8.89, 8.87, 10.31, 10.30, 10.60, 10.04, 10.24, 9.91, 9.91, 9.10, and 9.86 grams. Eighteen chips stacked together was 59.7mm high (3.32mm per chip).

This is a quality set of poker chips and this is reflected in the price. Ten chips cost $11.99 ($1.20 per chip) but a set of 1000 chips is nicely priced at $1050, making the chips about $1 each, competitive with comparable true clay chips. Newly designed true clay chips are not being produced as often as they were several years ago and it is nice to see a new design on a high quality chip.

Casino Royal poker plaque review

Casino Royal Poker Plaque Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Comp N N N 10 F Y 1 $12        

Poker plaque image These are Matsui poker plaques that are similar to the Casino Royale poker chips except "Royal" is spelled without the "e" on the end, as is printed on the Casino Royale poker chips from Carta Mundi. Other than that, these plaques are very similar in appearance to the Carta Mundi poker chips.

There is a strong holographic design to these chips that is not accurately shown in these scanned images. The plaque to the left is one of the darkest and deepest blue colors that I have ever seen on a poker chip. You can view images of both available Casino Royal poker plaques on the Poker Plaque Images page.

Similar to other poker plaques, these plaques have edges that are clear plastic rather than a solid color all the way through. There is about 1.25mm of color on each surface of the plaque and about a 3mm clear plastic center area.

These chips have a very traditional 'clack' sound to them. This is much different from the 'clink' sound of the lighter weight poker chips. The plaques stack well (of course!) and there is a little bit of stickiness between the plaques.

Sample sizes were ... Casino Royal $1,000,000 - 95.05 x 66.02 x 7.09mm and Casino Royal $500,000 - 85.05 x 65.05 x 6.3mm. Sample weights were 45.96 grams for the $1,000,000 plaque and 40.48 grams for the $500,000 plaque.

I like these plaques - they are some of the heaviest and sturdiest plaques that I have ever seen. The colors and the holographic effects are very nice and give the plaque a very elegant appearance.

Euro poker plaque review

Euro Poker Plaque Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Comp N N N   F Y 1 $10        

Poker plaque image These are Matsui poker plaques that are similar in design and quality to the Casino Royal poker plaques reviewed above. There is a Euro (€) symbol on each plaque, which will probably limit its appeal outside Europe. Like the Casino Royal plaques reviewed above, there is a very deep holographic pattern on these plaques.

There are four denominations available - €100.000, 25.000, 10.000 and 5.000. Every plaque has a Euro (€) denomination and periods are used instead of a (more common in North American) comma. You can view all four denominations of these poker plaques on the Poker Plaque Images page.

Sample sizes were ... €100,000 - 85.05 x 65.05 x 6.35mm, €25,000 - 85.1 X 65.1 X 6.3mm, €10,000 - 82.1 x 57.1 x 6.3mm, €5,000 - 82.05 x 57.03 x 6.3mm. Sample weights were ... Euro €100,000 - 40.23 grams, Euro €25,000 - 40.53 grams, Euro €10,000 - 34.22 grams, Euro €5,000 - 34.05 grams.

Private Cardroom poker chip review

Private Cardroom Chip
Type
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Multi-color
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Weight Inlay $
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 4-8 Y N 10 Y Y 10 .87 285 449 575 869

Poker chip Poker chip These are the first Paulson 'hot stamped' poker chips available for home use. The mold is the same Paulson 'four suits' mold that is shown below for the Paulson Shaped Inlay poker chips. I like this mold, it reminds me of my own ASM Horse Head poker chips - there is just enough texture to make it addictive to handle, not too smooth and not too rough.

These chips have a very traditional look and feel. Being Paulson poker chips, they have that solid 'casino' feel and sound to them. The silver hot stamping gives the chip even more of an 'old time' casino feel. The chips are prettier than what appears in these images - gold and silver trim make it difficult to obtain a good computer scan. The quality of the hot stamping is excellent, there are no little nicks or defects that are common in many hot stamped poker chips. I could not scratch the hot stamping with my fingernail, it appears to be recessed a bit into the clay. I had to dig into the clay with a knife in order to remove any of the silver. The hot stamping is just enough to be easily seen and overhead lights have a tendency to make it sparkle a bit.

The base colors of the chip are excellent. They are bright, but not too bright and add to the classy and traditional look of the chip. All the standard poker chip values and colors are used. There are denominations printed on every chip except the grey chip. Each denomination features a different style of edge spot - any where from four to eight spots.

Poker chip Sample weights were 9.96, 9.88, 10.32, 10.43, 10.72, 9.01, and 10.30 grams. Sample diameters were 39.19, 39.10, 39.16, 39.08, 39.22, 39.19, and 39.19mm. Seven chips stacked together was 23.65mm thick.

These chips add yet another good Paulson poker chip to the home market. They are a good, solid poker chip with a traditional hot stamping design. If you want Paulson poker chips (probably the best poker chips on the market) and like hot stamping, these chips are for you!

Paulson Shaped Inlay poker chip review

Paulson Shaped Inlay Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 4-8 Y N 9-10 Y Y 10 1.29 329 539 711 1029

Poker chip Poker chip These are new Paulson home poker chips with hard-to-find shaped inlays - they are not the same old round inlays found on almost all other home poker chips. The mold is also improved in that it no longer features the word PAULSON in big letters.

The real treat about these poker chips is the shaped labels. I could not peel the labels off these chips - I dug in with a knife and finally managed to pry up a corner, but that was about it. It appears to be a paper label with plenty of vinyl on top. The labels are slightly recessed and are all perfectly centered. The label is a bit shiny and slippery to the touch. The design is simple and the denominations are easy to read.

Poker chip There is an outer and an inner groove engraved in each chip's border. Inside these concentric rings are the usual Paulson Top Hat & Cane emblem along with the four card suits. This is a new mold for Paulson and it is certainly an improvement from their previous home poker chip molds. The new card suits look nice and give a consistent appearance on the chip. The edge spots vary depending on the denomination. All the spots are nice and contrast well against the base color of the chip.

Poker chipSample chip diameters were 39.18, 39.12, 39.11, 39.20, 39.18, 39.21, 39.23, and 39.15mm. The thickness of 7 chips stacked together was 23.44mm. There are slight edge ridges on this chip.

Poker chip I was sent two chips of each denomination. Sample chip weights were all over the map - the blue chips were 9.71 and 9.86 grams, the red chips were 8.80 and 8.82 grams, the green chips were 9.99 and 10.00 grams, the black chips were 9.57 and 9.66 grams, the pink chips were 9.78 and 9.85 grams, the yellow chips were 10.15 and 10.24 grams, and the grey chips were 10.62 and 10.56 grams. Obviously, the chip weight depends on the denomination (and label?). The red 5 chip was the lightest at 8.80 grams and the grey 5000 chip was heaviest at 10.62 grams - that is a huge difference! Almost a 2 gram difference in weight from one chip denomination to another. Notice that the two chips of each color are very close in weight - suggesting that the different labels result in different weights.

I could scrape the blue chip against the yellow chip and leave a mark. Other Paulson chips have been known to transfer colors from one chip to another - these chips don't appear to be quite as bad, but it is still possible to leave skid marks.

These chips are a fine addition to the Paulson home poker chips line. The mold is much improved over the old "PAULSON" lettered mold and the non-circular labels are a very nice and unique touch.

Casino Royale poker chip review

Casino Royale Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Comp 3-8 Y N 14 Y Y 150 .27        

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Carta Mundi made the cards and these poker chips which were used in the most recent James Bond Casino Royale movie. They are available in a 150 chip (50-$5, 50-$25, 25-$100, 25-$500) Embroidered Leather Case With Removable Trays for $40 or a 200 chip (75-$5, 75-$25, 25-$100, 25-$500) Luxury Set for $70. At 27 per chip, they are a good deal when compared to the other composite poker chips that are available at that price.

The chips weigh in at a hefty 14 grams. There is a metal insert surrounded by a very soft composite material. The feel of the composite is very similar to the feel of a Neophyte poker chip. I could not peel the label off with my fingernail. The vinyl label did come off in one piece after prying it off with a knife. The label is lightly recessed into the chip and all the labels are well centered.

Sample chip diameters were 40.04, 40.04, 40.01, 39.94, 40.02, 40.02, 40.03, and 40.02mm. The thickness of 10 chips stacked together was 32.95mm. There are slight edge ridges on this chip. Sample chip weights were  14.14, 14.13, 14.34, 14.04, 14.06, 14.17, 14.18, and 14.09 grams.

National Poker Series poker chip review

National Poker Series Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 3-8 Y N 10 Y Y 9 1.03 325 529   1029

Poker chip Poker chip These are casino-quality clay Paulson chips with very non-traditional edge spots that have not been available until now. Other than the edge spots, the National Poker Series chips use the same mold, and have the same feel and texture, as the Paulson Pharaoh's reviewed below. Needless to say, they are some of the best chips on the home poker chip market.

The chip colors are a bit stunning for Paulson chips and each chip denomination is very distinctive from another. The blue-on-blue (1) chip and black-on-grey NCV chip have particularly nice colors. The label is somewhat plain but will appeal to many people, it is well centered and perfectly round. There are no $ signs designating the denomination and the wording of the label is very simple, meaning that this chip will appeal to many non-North American players. The dominations are very easy to read, probably the easiest of any chips that I have reviewed. The grey chip has no denomination at all.

Poker chip There are numerous styles of edge spots on these chips. the red (5), blue (1), and grey (NCV) chips have three large rounded edge spots. The other chips have eight edge spots of varying colors and styles. All the edge spots contrast nicely with the base colors of the chip.

Poker chip Plaques are available in 5,000 and 25,000 denominations for $6.50 per plaque. These are some of the nicer plaques that I have seen. The look and feel is the same as The Egyptian's plaque. Like the chips, the plaques have a very simple but effective design and the availability of not one, but two, nice plaques makes the National Poker Series a very attractive, and somewhat unique, poker chip set.

Sample chip diameters were 39.10, 39.08, 39.12, 39.18, 39.15, 39.15, and 39.15mm - some of the most consistent diameters that I have measured in poker chips. The thickness of 7 chips stacked together was 23.5mm. There are slight edge ridges on this chip. Sample chip weights were 10.57, 10.18, 9.15, 10.29, 10.23, 9.90, and 10.12 grams. The plaques are 85.25 x 53.5 x 3.33mm in size and weigh 40 grams each.

These chips cost about $1.03 cents each, a little less if you buy a larger set. The label design is somewhat plain but is made up for by the two plaques that are available. Very nice poker chips!

 

Nevada Club Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Metal 4 N N 15 Y Y 1 .65 119 189   339

Poker chip Poker chip These are metal poker chips covered in a composite plastic. The chip on the right has had the composite covering removed with a pair of pliers so that you can see the metal innards. The lettering, numbers, and edge spots are not painted on to the chips, they are an integral part of the metal insert and protrude through the composite. The composite has the same basic feel as most 11.5 gram composite chips, but is maybe a little softer. The chips look better than what is pictured here. My scanner has problems scanning metallic images and the appearance of the chips is finer than what is shown. These chips come in standard colors and denominations. The colors are actually quite nice and the numbering is easy to view.

Each chip has four edge spots. The edge spots, numbers, and lettering are part of the metal innards and protrude through the composite so that they are flush with the composite. The black area (as seen on the purple chip) is slightly recessed into the chip. There are no edge ridges on this chip.

The sound is definitely metallic and the composite does not seem to deaden the metallic ringing sound of the chip - it sounds almost exactly like the Tangiers all-brass poker chips.

Sample chip diameters were 39.10, 39.05, 39.08, 39.06, 39.07, and 39.05mm. The thickness of 10 chips stacked together was 30.55mm. The chips stack well and are a little less slippery than all-metal chips, the composite helps to add some friction to the chips. Sample chip weights were 15.21, 15.31, 15.02, 15.31, 15.15, 15.51, 14.62, 14.88, and 15.33 grams.

The cost of these chips is 65 each, a fantastic price for chips like this. They have a unique character that makes them stand out from the crowd.

 

Deadwood Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 0-5 N N 9.5 Y Y 10 1.23 369 579 749 1099

Poker chip Poker chip These are beautiful TR King poker chips with an image of Wild Bill Hickok and the word Deadwood. They have denominations and beautiful colors and edge spots. Like all TR King chips, they have fairly sharp edges that will round with time and use. These chips will only improve with age.

The weight and sound of TR King chips are perfect. They weigh 9.5 grams and have the sound that everyone desires in a poker chip. The labels are nice and the denominations are very easy to read. The labels could be peeled off using a knife, but not my fingernail. It's a paper label covered in vinyl. I like the design on these labels, they are not too busy. They have a nice graphic of Wild Bill Hickok, with the right amount of white space, and the words and denominations are easy to read. The overall effect is very nice.

There are no edge spots on the 25 and 50 chips. The other chips have 3, 4, or 5 one-color edge spots except for the $25,000 chip which has four two-color edge spots. The chips come in the standard denomination colors. Overall, the colors are very nice. They are not too dull but not too bright. The edge spots contrast nicely with the base colors on every chip. There are very slight edge ridges on this chip.

Sample chip diameters were 38.51, 38.46, 38.63, 38.57, 38.22, 38.50, 38.46, and 38.52mm. The thickness of 10 chips stacked together was 32.45mm. The chips feel very uniform and stack very well. Sample chip weights were 9.84, 10.12, 9.44, 9.34, 9.89, 9.32, and 9.71 grams.

These chips have nice colors, a nice label, feel and sound good, and will improve with age. Like all top-of-the-line poker chips, they are a bit pricey at about $1.23 per chip, but they are some of the best chips you can buy. Everything works on this chip!

Make sure to also check out the information about TR King chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Key West Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 3 N N 9 Y Y 300 .84 299 475 599 875

Poker chip These chips are printed on the ASM H mold and have a traditional look, weight, and feel. The H mold ASM chips were used in casinos in the 1950's and is very similar to the A mold, also sold by ASM. There are eight H's and two concentric grooves engraved into the mold. You can feel the grooves with your fingers as you play with the chip, but you cannot feel the H's. Overall, these chips feel very nice! I like this mold from ASM, it's simple but elegant.

The colors on these chips are a bit subdued, no Day-Glo colors were used, even for the edge spots. The traditional poker chip colors were used - red 5, green 25, black 100, purple 500, and yellow 1000. There are also some nice color combinations on the other denominations - grey/black and orange/brown. The edge spot colors contrast nicely with the base colors on every chip except for the blue "NCV" chip. Brass dust is added to the chips for weight and you can see brass speckles on the rolling edge of the chip. Overall, I like the color combinations on these chips, they are somewhat similar to the colors on my own custom Horse Head chips from ASM.

The labels have a nice design and the denominations are easy to read. The labels could not be peeled off with a fingernail but were easy to peel off with a knife. A plastic film covers a paper label which is glued onto the chip. There is a cross-hatch pattern embedded into the mold and across the label. You can see a series of very small vertical and horizontal lines embedded into the top and bottom faces of the chip.

Like all ASM chips, they have sharp edges that will round with time and use. These chips will only improve with age.  There are no edge ridges on this chip. Sample chip diameters were 39.71, 39.51, 39.65, 39.69, and 39.67mm. The thickness of 10 chips stacked together was 33.59mm. The chips feel very uniform, as if each chip is the exact same size, shape, and weight. They were some of the best stacking chips that I have been sent. Sample chip weights were 8.75, 8.94, 8.73, 8.71, 8.64, and 8.87 grams.

At 84 each, these chips are a good deal. Like the Paulson Pharaoh's poker chip shown below, they have the winning combination of being manufactured on a good poker chip mold, with a good label, and with denominations that are easy to read. Those three elements on one poker chip are somewhat hard to find. Keep in mind that you can purchase blank ASM chips (with no label) for about 50 and you can purchase customized ASM chips (with your own label) for about $1. But if you want a ready-to-be-delivered casino-quality chip at a good price - the Key West H Mold is a great buy!

Make sure to also check out the information about ASM chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Paulson Pharaoh's Chip
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Chip 300 500 650 1000
Clay 4 Y N 9.5 Y Y/N 10   299 475 609 899

Poker chip Here is a new version of the Paulson home clay poker chip. These chips feature an Egyptian design that is similar to The Egyptian ceramic chips made by Chipco. I like the graphics on this chip. I do not think the graphics are quite as nice or as vibrant as The Egyptian chips, but they are nicer than the other two available Paulson home poker chips - James Bond & Paulson TH&C. The chip is available with or without denominations.

These are the second generation Paulson home chips that have a larger border that continues all the way to the label, rather than a smaller border with a large ring around the label. Go here to see the differences in the Paulson molds. The chip colors and edge spot colors are the exact same on all Paulson home chips. The labels go well with the colors and you can tell that an effort was made to use the right label on the right chip color.

Like the other two Paulson home poker chips, the labels on the Pharaoh's were perfectly centered on every chip but some of the printing on the labels was a touch off-center. They also have the most indestructible label. I had to dig down about 1mm and then use a fair amount of force to pry up a corner of the label. The paper label is recessed into the clay of the chip and then covered with a plastic film. Unlike the James Bond chip, you can feel the seam where the label meets the clay. This is because the label is recessed about 0.3mm into the clay of the chip. Scratching the labels with a fingernail or knife did no damage, I dug down a millimeter with a knife and stopped trying. The scratches blended in nicely when rubbed. This is probably the toughest label that I have reviewed.

The slick labels on these home chips create a different feel than the casino Paulson chips. When I think of a traditional Paulson chip, I think of a large, papery inlay that stretches almost from one edge of the chip to the other, then a narrow rim and those wonderful Top Hat & Canes. These new chips don't quite feel like that, when you rub one between your fingers it feels like a vinyl label that is surrounded by clay. The casino Paulson's have the same basic texture from one edge of the chip to the other but these home Paulson's have two different textures, vinyl and clay. To me, this is the biggest difference between the home chips and casino chips. The texture of a casino Paulson can be somewhat slick as well, but they do not have the same 'vinyl' feel of these home chips. These chips do feel a bit better than the James Bond version of the Paulson home chips due to the larger border 'clay' area, and smaller center area.

The sound of the home Paulson chips is pretty well identical to the casino Paulson chips. They might sound a touch more hollow than the casino chips. This is probably due to the slightly lower weight of the home version.

I was sent numerous sample chips. Sample diameters were 39.25, 39.19, 39.22, 39.22, and 39.21mm. Ten chips stacked together was 33.10mm thick. Sample chip weights were 9.90, 9.15, 10.33, and 10.13 grams.

These are nice chips, maybe the best non-casino chips you can buy. They are reasonably priced $1.07 per chip. Make sure to also check out the information about Paulson chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Paulson James Bond Chip
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 4 Y N 9.5 Y Y 10   325 519 665 950

Poker chip Here they are ... the new Paulson James Bond home poker chips! These are real Paulson chips with two Top Hat & Canes and the lettering PAULSON CHIPS in the mold. The label is the familiar Casino De Isthmus label that has been available for the past several years in a Blue Chip James Bond mold reviewed below.

These chips take the prize for having the most indestructible label. I had to dig down about 1mm and then use a fair amount of force to pry up a corner of the label. The paper label is recessed into the clay of the chip and then covered with a plastic film. If you use your fingernail, you can just barely feel a seam around the perimeter of the label where it meets the clay. You can't feel the seam when you rub the chips between your fingers. Scratching the labels with a fingernail or knife did no damage, I dug down a millimeter with a knife and stopped trying. The scratches blended in nicely when rubbed. This is probably the toughest label that I have reviewed. The labels were centered on every chip but some of the printing on the label was off-centered. In the scanned image above, you can see that the printing on the label is misaligned towards the 10 o'clock position. These chips would probably look better with a larger sized label.

The entire center area of the chip (the label and the surrounding clay) feels very smooth. There is a plastic film that covers the label and the entire recessed center. The slick center of the chip creates a different feel than casino Paulson chips. When I think of a traditional Paulson chip, I think of a large, papery inlay that stretches almost from one edge of the chip to the other, then a narrow rim and those wonderful Top Hat & Canes. These new chips don't feel like that, when you rub one between your fingers it feels like a vinyl label that is surrounded by clay. The casino Paulson's have the same basic texture from one edge of the chip to the other but these home Paulson's have two different textures, vinyl and clay. To me, this was the biggest difference between the home chips and casino chips. The texture of a casino Paulson can be somewhat slick as well, but they do not have the same 'vinyl' feel of these home chips.

Poker plaque The rim of the chip has PAULSON CHIPS and two Top Hat & Canes in the mold. The casino chips do not have the lettering, they have a series of Top Hat & Canes. The lettering on the home chips gives the chips a different feel than the casino chips, although the clay itself feels the same. The rim on the home chips is about 5.5mm thick whereas the rim on the casino Paulson's is 5mm. When you combine the vinyl label with the larger rim and lettering, it gives the home chips a smidgen of a composite chip feel. That statement is an exaggeration, there is nothing 'composite' about these chips, but it gives you a taste of the feeling of the chips.

The colors on my chips are not exactly as shown on the Apache website but I could not scan or photograph the colors correctly either. The $1000 chip is more of an orange than a yellow and the red $5 is actually the darker red color shown here rather than the bright red shown on the website image. What looks like yellow edge spots on the $100 chip are actually orange, the same color as the $1000 chip. Make sure you order samples of these chips to see the true colors. The colors themselves are rather bold for a Paulson chip but should mellow with age. The pink edge spot on the green chip and the orange ($1000) chip are almost Dayglo. The colors are however, very nice and the chips come in all the correct colors and denominations from 50 to $1000. There are four bi-colored edge spots on each chip. They do an effective job and contrast nicely with the base colors.

The sound of the home Paulson chips is pretty well identical to the casino Paulson chips. They might sound a touch more hollow than the casino chips. This is probably due to the slightly lower weight of the home chips.

Poker plaque I was sent ten chips. Sample diameters were 39.17, 39.20, 39.18, 39.22, and 39.16mm. Three chips stacked together was 9.85mm thick. All ten chips stacked together was 33.04mm thick. These numbers are almost identical to the Paulson Vineyard and Paulson Casino Windsor chips reviewed elsewhere on this site. The chips weigh 9.5 grams, just a shade under the weight of the other Paulson chips reviewed. The difference in weight can probably be attributed to the smaller label. Sample chip weights were 8.81, 9.51, 9.55, 9.53, 9.59, 10.08, and 9.91 grams.

I was sent two plaques in $5,000 and $25,000 denominations. The plaques were 85.21mm (3.35") long, 53.5mm (2.1") wide, 3.35mm (0.13") in height, and weighed 41 grams each. Both plaques are very nice and are a good match to the poker chips. They are doubled-sided and feature the Casino de Isthmus emblem. The plaques cost $6.99 each.

These are nice chips, maybe the best non-casino chips you can buy. They are a bit pricey at $1.15 per chip, especially when you get customized clay or ceramic chips for about the same or slightly lower price but I imagine that these Paulson James Bond chips will soon become the 'chip of choice' for those looking for the best quality home poker chips. Make sure to also check out the information about Paulson chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Paulson Top Hat & Cane Chip
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Weight Inlay $
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Chip3005006501000
Clay 4 Y N 9.5 Y Y 10   313 513 665  

Poker chipHere is another version of the new Paulson home poker chips. We'll probably see a lot of these types of chips over the next year or so. They will all have the same chip colors and edge spot colors so I guess it's a question of which label you like the best.

These are real Paulson chips with two Top Hat & Canes and the lettering PAULSON CHIPS in the mold. This mold is slightly different from the Paulson James Bond mold - the outer border is larger. See my Paulson vs. Paulson page for a better description of the difference.

The labels are perfectly centered on every chip but some of the printing on the labels was a touch off-center. In the scanned image above, you can see that the printing is misaligned towards the 7 o'clock position. It appears that this will be an unfortunate characteristic of the new Paulson home chips - some of the printing on the labels is a touch off-center. The labels on the new Paulson James Bond chips have the exact same problem (see Paulson vs. Paulson). Like the other new Paulson home chips, these chips would probably look even better with a larger label.

These chips take the prize for having the most indestructible label. I had to dig down about 1mm and then use a fair amount of force to pry up a corner of the label. The paper label is recessed into the clay of the chip and then covered with a plastic film. Unlike the James Bond chip, you can feel the seam where the label meets the clay. This is because the label is recessed about 0.3mm into the clay of the chip. Scratching the labels with a fingernail or knife did no damage, I dug down a millimeter with a knife and stopped trying. The scratches blended in nicely when rubbed. This is probably the toughest label that I have reviewed.

The slick labels on these home chips create a different feel than the casino Paulson chips. When I think of a traditional Paulson chip, I think of a large, papery inlay that stretches almost from one edge of the chip to the other, then a narrow rim and those wonderful Top Hat & Canes. These new chips don't quite feel like that, when you rub one between your fingers it feels like a vinyl label that is surrounded by clay. The casino Paulson's have the same basic texture from one edge of the chip to the other but these home Paulson's have two different textures, vinyl and clay. To me, this is the biggest difference between the home chips and casino chips. The texture of a casino Paulson can be somewhat slick as well, but they do not have the same 'vinyl' feel of these home chips. These chips do feel a bit better than the James Bond version of the Paulson home chips due to the larger border 'clay' area, and smaller center area.

The rim of the chip has PAULSON CHIPS and two Top Hat & Canes in the mold. The casino chips do not have the lettering, they have a series of Top Hat & Canes. The lettering on the home chips gives the chips a bit of a different feel than the casino chips, although the clay itself feels the same. The rim on the home chips is about 8.5mm thick whereas the rim on the casino chip is 5mm. When you combine the vinyl label with the larger rim and lettering, it gives the home chips a smidgen of a composite chip feel. That statement is an exaggeration, there is nothing 'composite' about these chips, but it gives you a taste of the feeling of the chips.

The colors themselves are rather bold for a Paulson chip but should mellow with age. The pink edge spot on the green chip and the orange ($1000) chip are almost Dayglo. The colors are however, very nice and the chips come in all the correct colors and denominations from 50 to $1000. There are four bi-colored edge spots on each chip. They do an effective job and contrast nicely with the base colors. Make sure you order samples of these chips to see the true colors.

The sound of the home Paulson chips is pretty well identical to the casino Paulson chips. They might sound a touch more hollow than the casino chips. This is probably due to the slightly lower weight of the home version.

I was sent seven chips. Sample diameters were 39.15, 39.11, 39.17, 39.21, and 39.18mm. Three chips stacked together was 9.89mm thick. All seven chips stacked together was 22.93mm thick. These numbers are almost identical to the Paulson Vineyard and Paulson Casino Windsor chips reviewed elsewhere on this site. The chips weigh 9.5 grams, just a shade under the weight of the other Paulson chips reviewed. The difference in weight can probably be attributed to the smaller label. These chips weighed slightly more than the James Bond version of the Paulson home chips.

These are nice chips, maybe the best non-casino chips you can buy. They are pricey at $1.50 per chip but the chipset costs are reasonable. Make sure to also check out the information about Paulson chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Apache Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Cer 3 Y N 10 F Y 1 .89 275 429 549 799

Poker chip Apache are a very nice ChipCo chip similar to the Crystal Oyster chips. These chips have a very appealing look, a bit more traditional than some ChipCo's. Like the Crystal Oysters, they have very appealing and mellow colors with a nice laid-back look. If I lived in Phoenix ... I'd probably buy these chips to go along with my wife's native American art collection.

These chips come with denominations and in all the standard colors. The pimple on this chip is very small and surrounded by a rectangular indentation. It was one of the less noticeable of the ChipCo chips. There are no edge ridges on this chip. There is text on the rolling edge that states APACHEPOKERCHIPS.COM, TM NEVADA MINT and 1932-1941 between the edge spots. Different chip colors have several spots, some have tiny stripes.

Sample chip diameters were 39.28, 39.40, 39.41, 39.30, and 39.50mm. Sample chip weights were 10.42, 10.57, 10.46, 10.56, and 10.49 grams.

Make sure to also check out the information about ChipCo chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Crystal Oyster Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Cer 0-8 N N 10 F Y 1 .95 289 465 589 840

Poker chip This is probably my favorite non-customized ChipCo chip. Like the Apache chips, these chips have a mellowness to them that is not always present in ChipCo chips. Some are too flashy and bright but the Crystal Oysters have lovely blended colors.

These chips have the most traditional edge spot of any ChipCo chip that I've seen. They're not perfect, but they are as close as you can get with ChipCo chips. The edge spots on the rolling edge don't line up with the edge spots on the top and bottom of the chip (a rather unfortunate characteristic of all ChipCo chips) but the end result is a ChipCo chip with almost traditional edge spots. The chip color determines the number of edge spots - white has one, red has three, green has four, etc..

These chips come with denominations in all the standard colors, even a grey 5000 chip is available. The pimple on this chip is very small and surrounded by a rectangular indentation. It was one of the least noticeable pimples of all the ChipCo chips. There are no edge ridges on this chip.

This chip was 39.41mm in diameter and weighed 10.74 grams.

If you are looking for ready-to-ship ChipCo chips, these chips should be at the top of your list. Make sure to also check out the information about ChipCo chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

James Bond Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Clay 3-4 Y N 9 Y Y 1 .87 275 429 545 785

Poker chip These chips have a clay 'pottery' feel to them, slightly rough in texture and almost chalky. They have lovely mellow colors and an overall 'old time' look and feel to them. The picture to the left is horrible and does not show the tan color or multi-colored edge spots on this chip. Go to the Apache site for better images.

These chips have beautiful multi-color edge spots that contrast nicely with the chip colors. These are one of the few chips available with tri-colored edge spots. Take note that different chip denominations have different edge spots, some denominations have one solid edge spot while other denominations have two or three multi-colored edge spots. There are small edge ridges on this chip. The edges are somewhat sharp but this is a chip that will definitely mellow with age.

I could not peel the label off this chip, even with a knife. Stabbing and slicing the label left surprisingly little damage, you could hardly even see it. Scratching the clay left a slight mark that would blend in over time. Very high marks here!

The weight is a touch light and this chip does have that Blue Chip hollowness to the sound and feel. Not bad, just not great. This chip was 39.08mm in diameter and weighed 8.21 grams.

These chips come in standard chip colors and denominations. I prefer not having denominations on the labels and I don't love the label design, but these chips are very nice. I guess that I have a "thing" for multi-colored edge spots. I like these chips and they would be near the top of my list.

Please note that there are two manufacturers of James Bond chips, the older Paulson series and the newer Blue Chip series. The Paulson's are no longer manufactured, are difficult to find, and are quite expensive to buy when you do find them. The new James Bond chips that are sold today are Blue Chip's.

Make sure to also check out the information about Blue Chip Company chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

It appears that the James Bond chips are no longer available. July 2008

 

Rounders Casino Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Cer 4 Y N 10 F Y 1 .95 289 465 589 840

Poker chip These are very nice ChipCo chips with nice multi-color edge spots. They rival the Crystal Oyster as my favorite Chipco chip. The Rounders Casino chips come with denominations and in all the standard colors. The graphics are very nice. This is the type of chip that would appeal to many players. If you are looking for a gift for someone else and you are unsure what chip design they would like, this may be the chip for you.

All denominations have four multi-colored edge spots. Some of the edge spots are a bit hard to see (the edge spot colors don't contrast well with the base color) but there is also a yellow stripe on each that helps to bring out the difference. The Apache website provides good photos of chips on their website, including side-shots of stacked chips, and as you can see, it is easy to differentiate between stacked chips.

The pimple on this chip is very small and surrounded by a barely detectable rectangular indentation. There are no edge ridges on this chip. sample chip diameters were 39.35, 39.37, and 39.37mm. Sample chip weights were 10.50, 10.50, and 10.34 grams.

Make sure to also check out the information about ChipCo chips on my chip Manufacturers page.

 

Jackpot Casino
Coin Inlay
Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Comp 4 N D/B 13 M Y 300   62 92 114 189

Jackpot Casino poker chip These chips feature the Jackpot Casino logo on a metal inlay. Even with the metal inlay, they only weigh 13 grams. They have a definite metallic ring to them but feel nice overall.

It was almost impossible to scratch the metal with a knife. The inlay is one solid piece that is embedded into the plastic molding and cannot be removed without intentionally ruining the chip. The plastic on the chip was similar to that of a typical Real Clay composite chip. The white and coloring was very deep, even on the suits.

There are four edge spots on each chip. There is a diamond and two small bars on the rolling edge of each edge spot. This looks better than it does on most chips with this feature. The overall effect of the edge spots with suits on them is nice. There are no edge ridges on this chip. There is no injection mold spot that I could see. The chip does have the same small edge seam as the chip described above but it is even smaller and nearly impossible to detect. I could not feel the seam with my fingers. These chips are fairly slippery, as are all metal inlay chips.

I was sent 7 sample chips. Sample diameters were 39.89, 39.87, and 39.64mm. Seven chips stacked together were 22.96mm thick.

This is a very nice chip. The metal inlay gives it a bit of that old-time western slug appearance and the composite helps to muffle the sound of a metal chip.

 

Jackpot Casino Composite Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Comp 4 N N 11.5 Y Y     62 99 125 189

Poker chip These chips feature the Welcome to Las Vegas design on an inlay that is not a label but is printed directly into the plastic of the chip. They weigh 11.5 grams each and have the same sound to them as most other metal insert poker chips but are slightly softer than a typical 11.5 gram composite chip.

I could not peel the label off with my fingernail. When I took a knife to the chip I discovered why ... there is no label. The graphics are printed directly into the plastic of the chip, there is nothing to peel off. The base color is very deep, all the way to the metal insert. I could not scratch the printing with my fingernail but I could scratch it with a knife.

I was sent six sample chips for review. The diameters were 40.06, 40.14, 40.10 and 40.02mm. Six chips stacked together was 20.04mm thick.

There are four sets edge spots/stripes on each chip. They do a very effective job. There are no edge ridges on this chip. There is no injection mold spot that I could see. The chip does have a very small seam that runs along one rolling edge (much like one Chipco chip edge). I did not notice the seam until I viewed it with a magnifying glass. I could not feel the seam with my fingers. These chips are fairly slippery but they stack well.

 

Six Stripe 10g Chip
Type
Edge
Spots
Multi-color
Edge Spots
Edge
Text
Weight Inlay $
Den
Min
Order
Cost
Chip3005006501000
Comp 6S N N 10 N N 300   38 59 75 109

Poker chip This new version of the Six Stripe weighs 10 grams compared to the earlier 7.5 grams. The extra weight is a huge improvement, giving the chip a more casino-like feel and sound. The plastic also has a more rubbery feel to it. There is no metal insert and I could not break a chip with my fingers. These chips are a good alternative to the typical 11.5 gram composite chips.

I was sent numerous samples of this chip. Sample diameters were 39.95, 39.96, 39.88, and 39.91mm. Three chips stacked together were 10.01mm thick.

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