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For those looking to get started in poker, online Texas hold’em is the perfect approach. Texas hold’em is one of the easier poker games to learn. If you’ve ever watched poker on television, you probably have a pretty good idea how it is played already. Here are some useful Texas hold’em tips to help you get started.

Part One -- Learn Texas Hold’em
If you don’t know how to play Texas hold’em yet, it’s pretty easy to learn. There are
online Texas hold'em tutorials as well as an assortment of books on the subject.
In essence, Texas hold'em is a community card poker game in which your goal is to make the best five cards poker hand using two cards in your hand with five community cards that all players share, in any combination.

Part Two: -- Sign Up With an Online Poker Site
Your next step will be to find an online poker site. You can look at the poker site reviews online to help figure out which one will be best for you.
Keep an eye out for sites that have good Texas hold'em games and for sites that have a graphic interface that you will enjoy playing. Don't worry too much about this decision -- you can always sign up with another online poker site if you don't like the first one.

Part Three -- Get an Online Poker Sign-Up Bonus
The poker bonus is a great way to start out ahead of the game. A match bonus gives additional funds to your account according the size of your deposit.
A 100 percent match bonus will result in double your initial deposit. Be sure to find the bonus code and input that at the same time as you make your deposit. If you make your first deposit without a bonus code, you will not be able to collect a sign up bonus.

Part Four -- Start Playing Texas Hold'em
Now its time to get started. You can begin with free play money games, although with nothing at stake, these games become boring fairly quickly.
Freeroll tournaments that allow you to win prizes without investing any money are another great way to start. Once you have an idea how things work, you can jump into tournaments, cash games or sit and go for whatever stakes you are comfortable with.

Chips Types and Their Construction:
Below you'll find descriptions of the various chip types and their manufacturing methods.

Chip Types:
Everyone is always talking about their 'REAL CLAY CHIPS!!!!!'.  Well, that's a load of crap.  There are no 'real' clay chips commonly used nowadays because they are just to fragile.  What you see at casinos today are various composites that more closely resemble ceramic than clay.  Here's a run down:

True 'Clay': Think Paulson.  These chips are compression molded.  IE- The chip is formed through a process of compressing the 'clay material' in a mold, physically forming the chip.  Spots can be added if need be.  Cool thing about compression molded chips are they are EXTREMELY sturdy and the colors go completely through the scratches and nicks are easily hidden.  The spots on the chip also go COMPLETELY THROUGH the chip...which surprises many folks who think the spots are just painted on.  Examples of home-use Compression Molded would be James Bond, clays and  Blue Chip Company is a current manufacturer of compression molded chips who supply both casinos and the home user. 

Ceramic: Ceramics are a ceramic slug that have graphics printed on them.  The slug can have a variety of textures, but the most common is a smooth, but not slick, surface that allows for very detailed graphics/images.  You can also have a raised grid surface and a raised bump surface.  Both these surfaces give the chips a great feel, but allow the image to be scratched off easier than the smooth surface.  One negative on ceramic style chips are their edge spots will not line up with the top and bottom artwork on the chip. The edges are finished with a separate process. I have heard that GE is the slug manufacturer....but I cannot verify that. ChipCo is the most well known supplier of these chips.  Nevada Jacks and both sell ceramic chips with the grid texture on them.

Bud Jones: Bud Jones are a high-end injection molded chip.  Bud Jones is currently owned by GPI (as is Paulson) and their chips are not available for home-use purchases anymore, but there are copy-cat vendors on the market.  They Bud Jones style chip that's available for home-use is the classic coin centered chips.  These chips have a metal coin surrounded by an injection molded composite.  One thing that I've always been impressed with these style chips is their complete lack of visible seams or injection points.

Injection Molded-Composite: Composite is a term very loosely used in regards to poker chips. When you read or hear about "composite" clay chips, the general idea is that they 'feel' more like real casino chips.  Material can be softer feeling, or even 'chalky' feeling.  Composite chips can be made both with and without metal inserts to increase their weight.  Recent developments with the composite material have lead to heavier chips without the need for any kind of metal inserts. 

Injection Molded-Plastic: These chips are constructed exactly like their Injection Molded-Composite cousins, with the only difference being the material is regular plastic instead of the composite. Most of the infamous '11.5 gram Dice' chips are plastic with a metal insert.  These chips are usually pretty slick and hard to stack.  They can me made with or without a metal insert...but are most often found using the insert.



Interesting link on the current owners of Paulson and Bud Jones Chips.


Cool site for you chip collectors out there.  Also, look at their FAQ link for great info on ceramic chips.




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Chip Anatomy-When poker chips meet a belt sander:
Let's dissect a few chips and take a look at them.  Going from the top row, clockwise.

#1: Bud Jones Style: This chip has TWO coins back to back in the center with the composite/plastic material around the outside.  No real surprises here.

#2: Composite 11.5 gram dice chip with a metal insert: You can see the multiple pieces (one piece per color) that make up this chip up, and the metal slug is clearly visible.  Unlike some Ebay retailer claims, you can also see that this composite chip has different colored dots on the dice. 

#3: High-End injection molded composite chip:  This is probably the best of the injection molded composite chips out there right now.  No metal insert, but still heavy.  Even when looking very closely at this chip, it's construction is outstanding.

#4: Injection Molded Plastic Chip ($25 green and white chip on the right): Here is a plastic chip with a metal insert in it.  These chips, unfortunately, are often advertised as composites.  Make sure you buy your poker chips from a reputable vendor. 

#5: Real 'Clay' Compression Molded Chip: Here's an interesting can see that the edge spots on this chip go straight through. They are obviously NOT painted on.

#6: Real 'Clay' Compression Molded Chip#2: Just another example of a compression molded chip.  This chip broke after repeatedly throwing it on the cement.  I have no life.

#7: Composite injection-molded: This chip I broke in-half with my bare hands.  Easily at that.  The material is incredibly soft.  Same construction style as most of the plastic and composite chips.

#8: ChipCo ceramic: This is maybe the most interesting.  First, it's obvious that the color is simply printed on the outside of the chip.  More interesting is the ring of white around edge of the chip.  These chips did NOT arrive like that.  After months of handling, the edge of the graphics wore away.  That is why most ChipCo chips have that white band around the edge of the graphic.  It's to hide the wear at they age.  You CAN purchase ChipCo style chips with a full bleed on them...but if you're chips will get heavy use, it's not recommended.



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