Poker chips, also known as casino tokens or gaming chips are basically small round discs that are used as a form of currency in casinos. There are a various types of poker chips which are utilized for different uses. For instance, there are colored metal, compression-molded and injection-molded plastic tokens which are primarily used in table games. On the other hand, there exists metal token coins which are mainly used as play money in slot machines. Rectangular gaming plaques are also common in some casinos especially when playing for high-stakes (that is, $25,000 or above). Despite the rectangular shape which differs the plaques from the discs, these high-stake chips have serial numbers.
Buying Poker Chips
Currently you can get poker chips anywhere from the thousands of retailers that sell them online. You should have a bit of background knowledge before committing yourself and buying poker chips. Luckily, most respectable poker chip retailers will give you a sample of their chips before you can buy the whole set. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, here are a few simple tests you should do to ensure that you are buying the best poker chips.
Check the label
Most tokens feature an inlay or stick-on label printed on them, especially custom chips. Good poker chips have these labels printed inside the chip in such a way that they cannot be scratched of. Whether it is by an anxious finger-nail or spilt beer. You can leave the poker chip in water over the night to make sure. Furthermore, you should be sure to check if the label lines perfectly with the edges and are centered properly. All these minute details make the difference between awful and great poker chips.
Check the edges
Poker chips come in all sorts of edges – round, square, rectangle, sharp, soft – some of them, such as the Modern Clay chip is made with pre-rounded edges to give you an ‘antique’ kind of feeling to your chips. After learning about the material that your chips are made of, you can smash the edges of the poker chips you are about to buy together and look for dents or breakages. If they do get dent and marks, it should either tell you that the chips are of high-quality and made from clay. However, if the dents are too deep or there is a breakage, you can be sure that these will not last after 50 games of play.
How well can you stack your chips
Good poker chips are those that can form stacks as high as you need to. In general terms, clay poker chips stack way better compared to the cheaper plastic chips. The plastic chips slide off easily against each other. You can test this by stacking two or three chips and holding the bottom one at an ever-increasing angle. If the top chips slide too soon, you might have to reconsider your choice of these tokens.
With all the above information, you should now be able to make a good call and always buy the chips that will serve you and your friends through years of poker games