American Beauties is a non-denom set of Nevada Jacks manufactured chips.
I'll let the pictures do the talking for the most part. If you've
handled any of the Mardi Gras ceramics, these chips will have the same,
'textured' feel to them. That's both good and bad. On the good
side, it really enhances the feel to these chips over a standard ChipCo type
chip. On the downside, the texture slightly blurs the image a bit.
It's not huge, but it is noticeable.
The edge spots are good for ceramic with one of the chips bearing a good
stars and stripes set of spots. Overall, certainly a fun, if not
distracting, addition to your poker games.
Apache Casino: Another ChipCo chip with
yet another great graphic design. Better edge spots than the ChipCo Casino
line, but not as good as the Crystal Oyster. Another chip you can't go
The Archetype is a ceramic, ChipCo
style chip. They have a smooth, (not slick), matt finish like the
majority of the ceramic chips out there. These chips remind me of the
'Classics' also on the market because the design is very classy. To
me, the color combinations on the chips are very eye-pleasing and overall
the design makes one thing 'traditional'. Graphics on the chip face is
very sharp with clean edges and no bleeding. As with most ChipCo style
chips, the weakness here is edge spots. Definitely not the greatest,
with nothing really that exciting going on and even some bleeding. The
edge-spot bleeding is not exclusive to this chip...it's common in most of
Casino:I purchased a full set of 500 chips in this line a few months ago. The ChipCo ceramic chip is a relatively 'new thing' in Poker chips and is used
in thousands of casinos worldwide. ChipCo mostly makes chips
specifically for casinos, but they offer a few stock home designs for us
home players. They have a very popular design call the Crystal-Oyster
that's often found on Ebay as well as some of ChipCo's resellers. I chose their 'Casino' design. The
Casino design has great low-key colors and a fantastic, matching, low-key,
graphic on the face. The main visual detractor is almost no edge
spots. That's always been something that has bugged me. Handling
these chips is great. They have a nice heft and surface texture.
Audibly, they really sound good. They are easy to stack and gobs of
fun to play with. These are very good chips overall, and could be mistaken
easily for chips from a real Vegas casino.
Classic: First on the list is their
'Classic' ChipCo style ceramic. (Top picture). The design on
these is certainly very 'classic' as well as very 'classy'. As I look
at these chips, Bellagio comes to mind. They have the standard matt,
semi-smooth finish found on most ChipCo style chips. Feel and quality
are standard ceramic chip. Very good in both departments. These
chips actually have decent edge spots for a ceramic chip, even if all the
spots are exactly the same between chip denominations. Great chip, overall.
New: 8/23/05 - Pic of the new 25K and 10K chips added.
Desparado: Looking like chips beamed straight from the 70's, the
ceramic Club Desperado distinctive good looks get better and better the
longer you look at them. Going with some off-the-beaten-path colors, I
can just picture these chips in the background of movies like Pulp Fiction
and Reservoir Dogs. They use ChipCo's standard matt chip. The
only downside I can see is the barely-there edge spots. Good looking
and very original chips.
Crystal Oyster: Just read the review about the
ChipCo chips, because they make this series.
Very nice chip with better edge spots than the Casino chip line also available
from them. Good looking with low-key colors.
crystal oyster is on the lower left-hand side
Custom Ceramic Chips: HomePokerChips.com is ChipCo dealer. They
specialize in custom poker chip sets both commercially and for the home
player. Like pretty much all of the other ceramic chips, these have a
nice heft and feel. The finish on their chips is the standard, matt
finish. What this translates to is the ability to create razor sharp
images, and that's where their chips stand out. All of the chips they
sent show outstanding detail and clarity in their graphics. The chip
in the upper right was particularly impressive with the detail of the cards
and poker chips coming through with no bleeding or 'fuzzyness'.
(Although, for some reason, I kept finding myself drawn to the chip below
it...). If you like ceramics and want custom chips, definitely contact
Nevada Jacks is providing an
amazing service with a TWO WEEK turnaround on their custom Ceramic chips.
If you've handled a variety of ceramic chips, then the first thing that
strikes you with these is the surface texture. They are 'rougher' than
any other ceramic chip I've handled. That's not a bad thing. These
chips feel great to handle...the best of any ceramic chip I've played with.
Looks wise, I'm not a giant fan of the graphics...but that's a personal
choice and not nearly as important as the quality and feel. As you can see
there is not 'white ring' around the chip. The graphics
go all the way to the edge. Good stuff. Edge spots are nice, but
apparently the same for all the chips. If you like the graphics, then
don't hesitate to get these chips. They are very good.
Manufactured by Nevada Jacks.
dead mans are laying down up front
Desert Sand: The
newest in Nevada Jack's line, this chip uses their textured ceramic style
chip. These chips have a great feel that you don't get in most of the
regular 'ChipCo' style ceramics. Good design with equally good color
combos turned out a chip that really caught the eye of many of my coworkers.
The strongest suit on these chips is they easily have the best edge spots of
any ceramic chip out there. Really well though out design. As with the
other 'textured' ceramics like these, you CAN damage the surface with
another chip if try hard enough. But you've really got to want to do
it. Manufactured by Nevada Jacks.
The Egyptians are a great specialty chip. There are tons of fans of
the Egyptian culture out there...and if you're also a poker player, you
should just fall in love with these. Designed by Greg Cagle, from the $1.00 to $500.00, the
chips are a standard ChipCo chip with a smooth, but not slick, finish.
Graphics are cool to say the least. Edge spots on general are good...not
great...but good. Once you get into the $1000+ chip, things get pretty
interesting. The $1000 chip is an Octagon shaped chip that's just
about 1 3/4 inch from side to side. The texture on this chip is 'linen'...or
anything but smooth. It's a raised grid on the chip similar, but not
exactly like, the Nevada Jack style ceramics. Overall, I like this
particular chip a lot. Very interesting and different...but still
stays a 'poker chip'. The $5000 chip on the other-hand just isn't quite
there. It's a European style 'plaque' and it's a whopping 3 1/2 x 2
inches in size. That in itself if pretty cool. What's not that
great is the chip feels like it's made out of plastic. I don't believe
it is...but when you handle and drop this chip, the sound and feel isn't
that of some amazingly valuable $5000 chip. It's much cheaper. Overall
as a set, the $5000 chip was the only disappointment. The lower denoms
are highly recommended. Very cool and very unique set of chips.
close-up of the edge spots.
The Grand Havanas have outstanding graphics on them. Crystal clear
silk-screening with a great 'theme'. These are ChipCo chips, so you
have the standard smooth, but not slick finish. For once the edge
spots are decent on these chips. The designer got around the current
shortcomings of ChipCo's manufacturing process by creating large, bold
spots. Great design overall.
The High Societies are a ChipCo based chip with the standard ChipCo matt
finish. I have to say I really wasn't a fan of the looks of these
chips. The image on the face is sort of hard to read and the colors
borderline on the bland side. Additionally, the edge spots do vary a
bit between chips, but they suffer from the current 'we can't make great
edge spot' disease that plagues most all ChipCo chips these days. Look
at the pics and if you like how they look....then go for it. These are
still ChipCo chips so the quality is there.
ICON: The ICONS showed up along with the Perfect 10's. For some reason I ended up reviewing the Perfect 10's first. Go figure. Anyway...the ICONS are the first *Ceramic chip to hit my door using a new ceramic slug in a long time. Feel wise, they are probably closest to a ChipCo type slug, with a matt finish on the faces...but no actual texture. Edge spots are good and matched up nicely. One of the more interesting features of the chip is that the graphic on the face, (which is fully customizable...I am told), is NOT just skin deep. The image actually exists below just the surface of the chip. This means it (the image) isn't going to just 'scratch off' after a few rounds of poker. The supplier actually sent me a sample of 80 grit sandpaper to try and sand the face of the chip off. And sure enough....he was right. The image did not scratch off. Pretty cool. (I didn't have the heart to tell him what my belt sander and bench grinder did to the chips...but that's a different story...). Overall a good feel. Very stackable and very nice to shuffle. The only negative I could really find with the chip is the sound. These chips have a metal insert in them, and I can hear it. Can you hear it? Maybe, maybe not. I have found over the years that I am hyper sensitive to the sound that chips with metal inserts make. Could just be me. In the end, what you have is a very good quality chip, with a nice feel that is fully customizable to your liking and uses technology that will have the chips lasting a very very long time. Good stuff.
*note: I'm still a bit on the fence for
whether to classify these guys as Ceramic or Injected. For now...they
will be Ceramic.
These Lucky Dragons are some of the most
interesting chips I've received recently. I've got a number of chips
from this particular supplier, but these stand out simply because they feel
very different. With...IMHO...a fantastically gorgeous and simply
design, combined with a great texture on the chip face, I have to say that I
love these chips. (See close-up pic....that took, like, 15 tries to
get a good shot). The feel is so different it's hard for me to describe...I
want to say 'plastic-y'...but that's not the best way to describe a high-end
chip. The sound on these is good as well. All good stuff.
Look at the pics and order some samples....these are some really great chips
that need to make your short-list if you are into ceramics.
The Mardi Gras chips
immediately strike you with their bold colors. (2nd down).
Something that my photo's really don't capture 100%. These chips are
similar to Nevada Jack's 'Dead Man' ceramics in that they have a surface
texture to them. It makes for a great feel. The catch is that,
just like the Nevada Jack chips, they can be scratched easier than the
regular ceramic smooth finish. Now keep in mind, I am rubbing to chips
HARD together to do this...but it needs to be noted. As far as edge spots
go, these are sort of so-so. There is some fading to be seen, but the
spots are different for each denomination and overall, they look cool. I
have to admit, I like these chips a lot, and would love to have a set of
Mr. Chip various chip sets: Mr. Chip ceramic chips all come in the same very interesting texture and feel. Which isn't a bad thing. Coming in between the classic ChipCo style matt finish and the more extreme texture found on Nevada Jack style chips, the Mr. Chip ceramic slug as a fine texture on it that gives them a fantastic feel. Sound is very good, as it the weight. What's very impressive with these chips are the outstanding edge matching to the faces. Very nearly perfect, it shows of Mr. Chips mastery of their manufacturing and printing process. Nicely done all around.
The bold colors of the The Game are countered with the more subdued colors of the the High Stakes Cash Game and Aviator Club. All the sets look really good. And check out the great edge spot matching on the High Stakes. Wow.
Easily one of the coolest Dealer Buttons to ever hit my doorstep. I may have to put some more pics up of that one. Really nice.
pictures added 3/2/2009.
It's a pile-o-chips!
Oversized - 43mm
High Stakes Cash
Another of the High Stakes Cash
One awesome Dealer button
Some really fantastic plaques.
More plaques with a standard size poker chip on top for reference
Great looking Boracay
Variety: Palm Imports is a
wholesaler/custom chip specialist and manufacturer that works with custom chip design.
They use a type of ceramic slug that feels identical to the Nevada
Jack/Mardi Gras/DeadMan style. The chips all have that rough surface
texture found in those other chips mentioned. Pam Imports works with both
large companies down to individual/consumer level orders. These photos are a
sample of some of their work. One very interesting things to note with
these chips is they are the first ceramic style chip to cross my doorstep
that actually does a decent job of lining up the edge spots to the top
graphics. Look closely at the second pic. It's not perfect, but it's
Rounder's Casino: These are fantastic
chips. I had these chips laying out on my desk all afternoon, and I
lost count of the number of times I heard 'Wow!' when my co-workers saw
them. These are a ceramic chip with a smooth, matt finish. The graphic
work on these chips is EXCELLENT. Very clear and sharp edges on the image.
The edge spots are good for a ceramic chip. They vary somewhat between
denominations. In short: I'd be thrilled to have a full set of these
babies. They are awesome.
So, looking for a non-denom chip? Give these a once over. The
suits, designed by, Jeremy Chotiner, are extremely unique.
Manufactured by ChipCo, the chips have the standard smooth, but not slick,
ChipCo finish. Personally, I've always felt that using shading
gradients on ChipCo chips was sort of living on the edge. The effect
often didn't turn out that well. These chips are gradient happy.
Every chip has them and depending on which chip, the effect either turns out
OK, or falters a little. The whole 'feeling' these chips have is very
art-deco. I could easily see people buying a set of these chips
because it went with their home or room's decor. Bottom line is that the
design is bold, very different and very flexible in use. Bravo to
Jeremy. Job well done.
Casinos - New Version:
The original Vineyards made their mark in the consumer market due to the
fact they were a *real*, (retired), casino chip that had a good design and
was also a Paulson. Demand was and still is such that sometime the
prices they go at cause one to wonder about the sanity of their buyer.
Because this incredibly high demand, the supplier of the original Vineyards
has made this attempt to meet it with a chip not priced through the moon.
(back of the chips)
vendor's business card
Car freak? Gear Head? The Vintage Auto chips should be right up
your alley. These ChipCo chips offer the same standard feel of ChipCo
with a smooth but not slick surface. Graphics on the chips are
OK...but just a bit on the fuzzy side for my tastes. Spots are also OK
for a ChipCo chip, but it would have been nice if they changed the spots to
match the denoms. Good specialty chip.
These chips attempt to clone some Bud Jones style chips...and they do a
pretty good job of it. A really wide variety of designs for each denom
lead to some really good looking chips. Best yet, the edge spots on these
are distinctive to each denom and are some of the best I've seen on a ChipCo
manufactured chip. With some pretty gianormous denom values on them
(up to 25K), you can also feel like a millionaire during your poker game.
Very well thought out and classically designed chip set for those who like
the 'traditional' look. These are some of the best ChipCo chips I've
World Stars of Poker: Another really good looking Ceramic
from Mr. Chip. Very simple and straight forward design that has a sort of
'classic' look. Most impressive for a ceramic chip are the edge spots
which do a pretty good job of lining up with the top of the chips.
Wide variety of edge spot design also really helps give the chip a feel of
something you would really see in a casino. Great design on a great
chip...and it's available with two different surface textures. A
'rough' texture like I reviews with the Dragon chips and a more smooth,
traditionally ceramic texture like what is seen on the ChipCo chips.
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