Going to splurge on nice poker chips for Christmas this year.
My main questions is this: Can you recommend some clay or other high-quality chips that are boldly and simply colored (no pink-on-lime, please) with denominations printed. My current leader is here
These say they're ceramic, and I'm not sure what that means, so I've sent off for some samples.
I'm not sold on these and really am looking for more recommendations.
My secondary question is this: I want my set to be able to accommodate most any game we might pull out at game night. I particularly enjoy Power Grid, Automobile, and Martian Rails. See if you think this is a good distribution of 300 chips.
75x1 75x5 50x25 50x100 25x500 25x1000
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The most comprehensive informational site on poker chips I have ever found. You will learn the difference between clay (which are not really clay at all) and ceramic chips, the proper weight, etc., etc. It may take some time to do the proper research, but I think it will be well worth it in the end.
We got a set of 500 for a friend of mine, and we like them alot. The two things I like about this set the most is that the images are printed on the chips (they aren't stickers), and the denominations are just numbers, not values, so they can represent dollars, thousands of dollars, cents, points, or whatever you need.
And it looks like that site is having a deal right now of a set of 300 with case/cards/dice for $69.99, and a set of 500 for $89.99. Not sure if that's a good deal or not, but it's a heck of a lot less than what we paid for my friend's set.
Great. Just great. Now I have to talk myself out of buying a set.
Glad you asked because until very recently I was looking for just the right poker chip myself, for the same reason, I mean not to play poker with but to use with a variety of board games to replace the paper money. I had given up, either because they were too spendy, or too whatever-else, until I discovered the perfect chip at meeplepeople.com. I REALLY recommend them. They are smaller than the regular poker chip, but they are durable and easy to handle, attractive to the eye, and very economical. And you can buy them in pre-packaged sets or in single-denomination sets of 10 each. The denominations include 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500. They exceeded my expectations, and I was so pleased I went back and bought more. Check out the website. Dick Butler
I liked these because they are very reasonable price wise, they have a good feel to them, and they have a recessed center which allowed for a nice custom vinyl label to be applied.
Here is the final product after I applied the lables.
The company we used for the labels went out of business, but I'm sure you can find another company if you choose to go that route.
One thing I would strongly recommend is to get samples before making a decision. You will feel much better about your choice if you've had the opportunity to hold the chips in your hand to see if you like the feel, weight etc. Good luck!
120 chips of value "1" 80 chips of value "5" 58 chips of value "25" 52 chips of value "100" 33 chips of value "500"
The Lazar Casino chips look great, but if I was being super picky I'd have to criticise the textured surface (which wears down over time), and the ceramic's quite soft. The Veneratis, on the other hand, are hard as nails. My only criticism of them is that the dollar sign and offset of the denomination can sometimes look a little odd (esp. on the $1 and $5).
Although I really like the Lazars, if I was buying afresh I'd just re-buy the Veneratis. I bought them blind when they were soliciting pre-orders, but they exceeded my expectations. And at just 39 cents a piece, they're really good value.
I got my sample Veneratis in the mail today and I love them. The heft and feel are good, the surface is textured, and if anything they look even better than the picture. I am definitely going that route. Thanks again to everyone who replied.