Coin Centered and Metal
Bud Jones style coin centered chips are becoming more reasonable to purchase as of late. These chips have a lot to offer and should definitely stay on your 'hot' list.
Additionally, there are a very few full-metal chips available on the market. They are also reviewed on this page.
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Bud Jones Style Poker Chips: I received one each of the 4
denominations of this chips. Not the greatest of samples...but what
can you do. Visually, these chips are just stunning. The colors and
design combine for, in my opinion, the prettiest chip available out there
right now for the home poker player. Unfortunately, when you start handling
them, things go a bit downhill. These are a semi-soft plastic chip
with a metal 'coin' inserted in the middle. The plastic is to hard,
and makes the chip feel a bit cheap. When stacking and tossing the
chips around, they give off a sort of metallic sound that's a bit to close
to the super-cheap plastic chips with a metal slug inside of them. Not
a good association. The construction quality of the these chips
appears to be VERY good, with no bleeding or molding issues visible in my
sample set. The chips are very slick, which makes stacking quite hard. The
least little nudge will cause even my short 4 chip stack to fall over.
If KC Chips could soften up the plastic a bit and maybe even add some
texture, these chips would be fantastic...maybe even the best out there.
As it stands now, they are great to look at, but a little disappointing to handle.
Grand Casino: A
pleasant surprise from the supplier, a set of REAL Bud Jones chips arrived a
week ago. These chips are non-circulated, real, casino chips from a
casino that went bye-bye a few years back. As I said in the first
sentance, these are REAL, not imitation, Bud Jones chips...so if you're a
fan of BJ's (wink...and who's not, right?) these are a must have for your
short list. Good looking design (there are 2 designs per denom
available) and the classic coin centered BJ feel make these just awesome
chips. Not cheap...but if you can afford them, easily worth the $$$.
Jackpot Coin Centered: These
arrived after the WSOP Coin Centered chips had been reviewed. I had
several emails asking if they were essentially the same chip. I can
answer with a definite 'no'. While the chip design itself is
identical, the quality difference between the two is huge. With the
Jackpots, you notice immediately that very slight molding line exists around
the edge of the chip. A flaw which really effects the chips feel.
Upon closer inspection, the chips I received also had some pretty serious
molding issues...with the colored areas bleeding into the white areas...and
vice-versa. What bothered me the most though was the fact that most of
the colored plastic was slightly translucent, with the orange being so bad
that you can see the internal white portions INSIDE the chip. Sound
wise, they are OK. Not very ringy at all. If the QC can improve
on these chips, then they could be quite good.
Nevada Club: Something
new and different!!!! The Nevada Club chips are a hybrid between a
solid brass chip, like the Tangiers seen below and a injection molded or
plastic chip. The colored parts of the chip are a hard plastic type of
material that holds up really well to damage and other chips. It gives
the chips an extremely unique appearance. The spots on the chip are actually
the brass showing through. The 'Nevada Club' and 'Las Vegas' wording on the
chip are recessed, which helps what otherwise is a completely smooth
surface. The plastic has a matt finish which helps minimize any
slickness issues. These chips are quite stackable. The metal
'ringing' can be heard, just like any solid brass chip...so keep that in
mind. That said....these are some really interesting chips that will
both feel and look great at home. Thumbs up.
Interesting look and a new idea for the home chip enthusiast. The
Pirate chip set includes these heavy 23+ gram 'one dollar' (or insert your
favorite denomination) chips along with colored red and clear 'gems' for
your higher denominations. I didn't get any gem samples, but I did get a
stack of these suckers. The pirate themed design is deeply etched into
the metal. These are good looking chips and you are not going to find a
better substitue for filling up a chest with pirate's gold. Being
solid metal they are ringy....as you would expect. They are also not
the best for stacking. However, given that the other chip denoms are
gems....I don't think the designers had stacking at the top of their
priority list. In the end....a VERY unique set that will definitely be the
talk of your next poker night. Especially of Johnny Depp is at the
WEIGHT: 23-24 grams
Tangiers: One of my
very first poker chip sample packs came with a single Tangiers chip.
You can see it in some of the old photos. I've never been that huge of
a fan of metal poker chips that I've used at casinos, but I have to
say that when this full sample set of Tangiers crossed my door, I was really
shocked. These are just gorgeous chips. Hopefully the photos do
them some justice. The colored inlay appears to be ABS plastic and is
both strong and resilient to poking and prodding. Additionally, the
plastic slightly deadens the tingy metal sound that has always bugged me
about full-metal chips. These are not new chips by any
means....they've been around for quite a while, and have probably been
overlooked by many chip fans out there. Also...they are freakin' heavy! For
those looking for a beafy chip, your boat has docked. Downsides???
They are pretty slick. Think plastic chip slick, so don't expect to
win any stacking contests with these. That said, with the holiday
season fully here, these would make one hell of a great gift for your
favorite poker player.
World Series of Poker - Coin Insert: To date (1/20/05) I have never, and I mean, NEVER, had such a strong
reaction to any of the chips I've brought into my office as these created.
Every single person that picked up these chips loved them. To be
completely honest, I like the design and feel of the first (see above) WSOP
chips a little better myself...but I always take into consideration the
opinions of my co-workers when it comes to these reviews. The Coin
Centered WSOP chips come with a simple, straightforward design including
nicely molded coin and very crisp edges on the plastic colors. The
'plastic' part on the chip is a little to hard for my taste. If they used
the same plastic on the coin chips that they use on the regular chips, these
chips would score an '11' out of '10'. Quality is good and durability
appears to also be good because I tried my best to break the chips with no
luck what so ever. Sound is slightly metalic, but that's to be
expected with a big coin in the center. These chips are also dated
with the year...so WSOP collectors will be interested in snatching these up
before they go bye-bye.
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