Choosing the right poker chips
Which poker chips are right for me? - There are countless variants of poker chips with different quality levels. At a poker night you have the chips permanently in your hand. Therefore, the feeling that a chip gives when handling through haptics and sound should not be underestimated. In the following we would like to give you a guide so that you can decide as best as possible which poker chips are perfect for you.
First of all, the main differences in poker chips should be considered:
- Quality (material)
- Optics (appearance)
- Numbering (with or without value)
1. The properties in detail
The quality of a poker chip depends largely on that Material depends on what it is made of. The common chips can usually be divided into the following material types:
- plastic (ABS composite or ABS PP)
- Clay (Clay) or clay composite
- Ceramics (Ceramic)
Plastic chips are usually the ones cheapest, Ceramic chips the most expensive.
If the quality is judged only on the basis of stability, the types of chips will not take much. In none of the variants mentioned, the chip will not break or shatter if it falls on the floor. In the case of plastic chips, this still makes sense to everyone, but the other two variants are no less robust, as they are made with composite materials that ensure the necessary material strength. It is therefore usually not possible to buy “pure” clay chips (clay) or ceramic chips because they would be too fragile.
The price differences thus basically result from the respective costs in the manufacturing process and the material costs. The more expensive chip types are made of a higher quality material that is more pleasant to the touch and has a significant impact on the feel of the game.
1.1. Plastic poker chips
Plastic poker chips are usually made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or ABS plastic or polypropylene. In order for them to have the desired weight, which poker players * love so much, they are often fitted with a metal core. Nevertheless, plastic chips are often lighter than clay chips and the material is significantly inferior to the other two types of chips.
Plastic poker chips often have the typical production features that result from manufacturing in a mold, such as sharp, palpable edges on the edge. In addition, they feel very smooth on the surface and the sound they make when they hit each other sounds flat. This makes them less handy and the playful stacking, which experienced players like to do on the side, is therefore more difficult. In addition, printing on plastic chips fades faster through wear and tear. Colorful imprints in the middle of the chip are therefore usually stuck on with stickers. Often, however, plastic chips do not have a sticker in the middle, but are blank.
If you like to buy cheap, plastic chips are always well advised. In our experience, however, it is the case that players quickly find the funnel that the poker heart only beats faster when they are playing with proper equipment. Often this leads to the fact that a plastic set is bought at the beginning, but then the players realize that they need an upgrade and in the end buy twice. We therefore recommend that you invest a little more directly in the initial equipment.
1.2. Clay poker chips
Clay poker chips are the most common and very popular with advanced players. However, these do not consist of pure clay, but of a clay-plastic mixture (clay composite), which gives the chip the necessary stability. This also creates the typical sound of these chips. The manufacturing process is more complex than with a plastic chip and leads to significantly more colorful results than with plastic chips.
Metal cores are also often used for this type of chip in order to achieve the desired weight, which is usually around 11g-14g.
Clay chips are typically not printed, but are made in a stamping process with casting molds. Each color is inserted separately at the edge with colored material, so that fading is impossible. There could be minor features from the manufacturing process. In the middle of the chip there is usually a sticker for this type of chip to make the chip more appealing or to add a number.
The main difference to the plastic chips is that clay chips have a better feel, as they have a slightly rough surface due to the clay content. This makes the chip feel more handy and is accordingly easier to stack. Experienced players will quickly notice this difference, which should not be underestimated, and will definitely add value to an evening of poker where chips are constantly being handled.
You can find our selection of clay chips here.
1.3. Ceramic poker chips
Ceramic poker chips are even more valuable than clay chips due to the material used. These are also not made of 100% ceramic, but contain composites that increase stability. They also have a typical sound that makes a poker player's heart beat faster. The chips can be designed so flexibly that even the edge can be printed.
Ceramic chips do not need any stickers, as they can be completely printed on during production. Good ceramic chips have a slightly textured surface, which ensures a special grip and colors that do not wear out so quickly.
A metal core is usually not processed here. Still, the chips typically weigh around 10g, which feels very good.
If you invest in good ceramic chips, you definitely won't go wrong and end up with high-end poker equipment.
You can find our selection of ceramic chips here.
* For reasons of readability, only the masculine form is used. Of course, women are also included.