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Product Reviews:  Reviews on Poker related products available to the home poker player.  (Also thanks to the new PokerChipReviews 'Model'  :-)  )

 

 

Rating System:
Everything is a 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.  BFB is the Bang For Buck value.  QUALITY is how well the item has been manufactured as well as my guess on how well it will hold up in the long run. Finally, FUN is how much fun the item is to actually use.

 



 
 

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Aluminum Chip Case - 300 Count:  This came in from ApacheChips.  Good looking aluminum chip case with room for a couple decks of cards and some dice.  Loaded this case up with chips, (As in completely loaded...so there was a decent amount of weight in it), and it stayed nice and sturdy.  No weird sounds, pops or surprises in general.  Overall good case that I'd use without hesitation.
BFB: 7
Quality: 8.5
Fun: ??? (It's a pokerchip case?)
Vendor: Apachepokerchips

 

   


 

   

Aluminum Chip Case - 500 Count:  HoldemPokerChips.com sent a couple of these my way.  Pretty good quality.  With 500 chips loaded, they don't strain.  One of the two has a difficult case lock on it, but it loosed up after a couple days of using it. 
BFB: 7.5
Quality: 8.5
Fun: ??? (It's a pokerchip case?-Again)
Vendor: HoldemPokerChips

 

 

 

   

Buttons:  Got some poker buttons in recently.  Your basic set.  Biggest note is that the Dealer button has a nice rounded-off edge to it.  Much cooler than many plastic buttons I've used.  Other than that, just your standard fair...but not a bad deal for the price.
BFB: 8  (no price given)
Quality:7
Fun: 7
Vendor: AcePokerChipCompany

 

   

     

Casino de Isthmus City (James Bond) cards:  Nice looking cards with a good texture on them.  Shuffled and dealt well.  Graphics are going to be up to you.  Little on the odd side for my taste, but nothing that's going get you annoyed during the game.  Manufactured by "Authentic Products Inc.", these chips are identical (at least as best I can tell) in texture and feel to the World Series of Poker cards previously reviewed.
BFB: ???  (no price given)
Quality: 8
Fun: 8
Vendor: Apachepokerchips
 

 


   

Custom Chip Stickers:  An easy and relatively inexpensive way to create a custom chip set for yourself is to put long-life stickers on them.  The key is the term, 'long life'.  I was immediately curious at how durable these stickers would be and, of course, went at them with the deadly Fingernail Of Doom.  Much to my own surprise, the stickers held up pretty damn good.  I mean, if you really give them a hard, fierce, scratching, yes....you can damage to image on the sticker.  But, when compared to many silk-screened composite and plastic chips out there, these stickers are as good or better in the area of durability.   So second question is, will the stickers come off?  And the answer is yes.  Again, you've got to get things started with a fingernail, but the label will peel off.  That's good and bad.  On one hand, I think the labels peels off a little TO easily.  On the other, the labels come off smoothly without leaving a bunch of sticky adhesive behind.  That could be a very good thing if you decide to 're-customize' your chips at a later date.  Good stuff all around.
BFB: 9
Quality: 7.5
Fun: 8
Vendor: Personal Poker Chips

   

 




     

Custom Chip Stickers #2:  Like the earlier review for Personal Poker Chips (above), these stickers proved to be both durable and very good looking.  For those folks that are about to, or already have, invested in a 'mid-range' poker chip set, these stickers provide a great way to customize and personalize the chips.  They are easy to put on and pretty difficult to remove.  Look at putting these suckers on chips with a RECESSED center. These SlamDunkImport chips appeared to have a higher gloss and overall better finish than the Personal Poker Chip versions.  Highly recommended.
BFB: 9+
Quality: 8.5
Fun: 8
Vendor: SlamDunkImports

 

   

 

 

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World Series Of Poker Handheld Texas Hold' em Game:  I have to say that I have never been a big fan of any of the handheld or computer based Poker games....but hey...if you're stuck on a plane somewhere....what can you do?  The WSOP Texas Hold'em electronic game has gobs of options related to playing Hold'em, inlcuding the ability to play with multiple people (up to 6).  The sound, is, well, loud.  If you do leave the sound on while on a plane, the person next to you is likely to try an injure you eventually.  The game can show your potential winning percentage on hands...which in my case was usually, "HA HA HA".  It's actually built pretty study. I first dropped, then tossed it pretty hard onto a carpeted floor.  No damage.  All in all...for the if you're a fan, or you know a fan or these electronic games, I don't think you're going to be disappointed with this one.  However, if you and 5 of your best friends are hanging our together with a deck of cards and some chips...and you pull thing thing out to play poker on...you should be beat with a stick.
BFB: 7
Quality: 8
Fun: 4
Vendor: ExcaliburElectronics

   


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World Series Of Poker Poker Table:  The WSOP Poker Table is really pretty cool.  I've played with a variety of the 'fold-out' tables and this one ain't half bad.  Looks wise, the graphics are well done and crisp.  The felt is extremely dark green and very short.  The graphics are printed on nice and solid...so even a fair amount of fingernail scratching doesn't hurt anything. The table itself is a little 'squishy'...so it gives a soft feel while playing.  The table folds into fourths, so it's easier to store than some of the other tables I've played with (and owned).  Downsides?  The first is minor, and that is, as the Official PokerChipReviews.com stated, "It's stinky".  Well, yes, immediately out of the box, it is, in fact, 'stinky'  However that went away quickly.  Second, and a bit more serious, was that the table can easily be flexed if you put weight on any un-supported edges.  With a couple nights playing on it, this wasn't a problem for us...but I could see that if one of your On-The-Second-Six-Pack brawny poker buddies got rambunctious, the table could be damaged.  In the end, I did like this table.
BFB: 7.5
Quality: 7
Fun: 8
Vendor: ExcaliburElectronics

 



   

World Series Of Poker Playing Cards:  The WSOP are very similar to Bee or Bicycle cards.  (The WSOP cards don't show the manufacturer).  They have a linen texture to them and come pretty slick out of the box.  They come in a nice collector tin for those hardcore WSOP fans.  Look good and play good.  What more can you say?
BFB: 8
Quality: 8
Fun: 8
Vendor: ExcaliburElectronics

 

   

World Series Of Poker Deluxe Card Shuffler:  EVERYONE needs an electric card shuffler.  If, for any reason, just to impress your friends at the office.  After 3 nights of playing with this sucker...here are the conclusions:  #1: Does it shuffle cards faster than a human being - No.  #2: If it more fun than hand-shuffling - Yes.  #3: Does it get in the way on your poker table? - Yes.  #4:  Did it break with my buddy knocked it on the floor....twice - No.  #5: Is my buddy invited back next week- No.  #6:  Would I buy another one of these - Yes.  OK...so you get the idea.  Put the cards in, press the button, and like some miracle of science, your cards are shuffled in about 2 to 4 seconds.  Only problem with the gadget is that on one out of every 5 or 6 shuffles, it launches a card OUT of either side of the machine. Again...depending on the level of intoxication...this can be either really annoying or highly entertaining.  Hey...and this one has classy wood trim.  What more could you want?
BFB: 7
Quality: 7
Fun: 9
Vendor: ExcaliburElectronics

 

 

     

 

 

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