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#1 of 38 Carlo Medina

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Posted September 24 2004 - 10:08 AM

Hi All,

I've recently been educated (by going to Vegas for the first time) on the niceties of poker chips. Apparently the 11.5 gram (clay?) ones are the best (all I've played with in the past are those cheapo plastic ones). However I didn't want to pay the amount that Vegas is asking for their chips (at the various shops at Bellagio, Aladdin or Luxor), like $20 for 50 chips, $100 for a set of 200 with case.

So my question is: can anyone recommend a good place to buy these 11.5 gram poker chips for a more reasonable [than Vegas shops] price?

Thanks!

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#2 of 38 george kaplan

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Posted September 24 2004 - 11:25 AM

Check out Costco. They have a very nice set of poker chips on sale for $59.99 (at least that's the price around here).
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#3 of 38 Carlo Medina

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Posted September 24 2004 - 11:31 AM

Thanks George! Unfortunately I'm currently not a member (though my girlfriend may become one shortly) so I'm looking for a commercially available set that won't break the bank (but isn't the cheap, plastic Toys-R-Us chips).

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#4 of 38 Chris Moe

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Posted September 25 2004 - 06:23 AM

They are all over the net, just google "clay poker chips"

#5 of 38 george kaplan

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Posted September 25 2004 - 06:40 AM

You could try Target. A couple of years they were selling some. Not as good as what you can get at Costco, but much, much better than the cheap plastic ones.
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#6 of 38 FredHD

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Posted September 25 2004 - 08:36 AM

This looks like a pretty nice deal. $106.50 shipped
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#7 of 38 george kaplan

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Posted September 25 2004 - 12:43 PM

Yeah, but except for the 'free' tool, that's basically the same set Costco is selling for $59.99. Hell, the difference in price of just that would more than offset your membership, and they also often have the best deal on dvds. [No, I don't work for or own stock in Costco, I'm just a mostly satisfied customer].
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#8 of 38 Carlo Medina

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Posted September 25 2004 - 04:30 PM

Dang! I just went to Costco (convinced the SO to sign up today) and they didn't have it anymore! One worker said they thought they saw them a couple of weeks ago, but they were nowhere in the store.

So I'm learning more and more about chips: apparently clay ones wear out quickly. Anyone recommend a type of chip that feels like the clay ones but don't wear out so fast?

That set Jackson linked to looked nice, but at $106 it's a little too rich for my blood. The $60 Costco price seems more up my alley in terms of pocketbook friendliness. Posted Image

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#9 of 38 george kaplan

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Posted September 25 2004 - 05:22 PM

A couple of things. My closest Costco had actually sent them to the one on the other side of town by the time I decided to purchase them, but a couple of weeks later, they had in a new batch. So, don't give up, and maybe check other stores.

As far as clay chips go, most of what is being sold as clay (including at Costco) is actually a composite. I've heard nothing about these chips wearing out quickly, and they sure seem durable, but I don't know for sure. Here's a quote from one website:

Today when people refer to clay poker chips, they really mean clay composite chips. Composite means the clay is mixed with other materials to bolster the chip's strength. Did you know major casinos haven't used 100% clay chips in years? Clay's simply not strong enough to stand up to the rigorous casino setting, which means chipped gaming pieces.

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#10 of 38 GordonL

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Posted September 25 2004 - 08:03 PM

http://www.softwarea...m/CES10405.html
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#11 of 38 Lee L

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Posted September 27 2004 - 12:48 AM

Target does have some decent quality clay chips with a rotating holder. They are part of the Michael Graves game series and the main drawback is they are only three somewhat stylized colors.
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#12 of 38 Shawn C

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:10 AM

There's a guy on EBay that sells complete sets with a case for a pretty good price. A co-worker bought a set and I really liked it.

#13 of 38 Marc_Sulinski

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:33 AM

Most of these chips you are looking at have actually no or very little clay in them. They are basically ABS plastic, and will feel nothing like casino chips. They are still decent, though.

If you want to get these "clay" chips, this site is pretty good:

www.viptrades.com

I have ordered the "Clay Suited 11.5 gram" chips, and am pretty happy with them for what I paid.

If you want real casino-quality chips, here are a couple of places:

http://www.homepokerchips.com/
http://www.buypokerchips.com/
http://www.pokerchips.com/

The chips at Home Poker Chips are not clay, they are ceramic, though they have a very nice feel to them.

#14 of 38 LarryDavenport

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Posted September 29 2004 - 05:07 AM

You can find killer deals on Ebay!

I bought a 500 - 11.5 gram clay chip set with case using the "Buy It Now" feature, and the company (http://www.5stardeal.com) emailed me back saying I could get additional stuff at the same per chip price with no additional shipping. I wound up getting an additional 300 chips with case and a 12 pack of cards for less than $100.

Poker is a lot more fun using real Vegas-style chips rather than those cheap Hoyle plastic chips or change.

#15 of 38 Michael Harris

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Posted October 03 2004 - 01:27 PM

I saw a set at Linen 'N Things for $49.95. They are 11.5 gram chips and come in a case. I believe there are 500 but I can't remember.

#16 of 38 Sanjay Joseph

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Posted October 04 2004 - 07:31 AM

I sent you an e-mail, Carlo. Here is a link to the Target chips...

click here for the link

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#17 of 38 Carlo Medina

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Posted October 04 2004 - 07:51 AM

Thanks for the tip Michael, I'm going to my local LNT to check those out. Since we get the occasional 20% off coupon, I may wait for that to come through the mail before pulling the trigger, but it's good to know that they may carry it...

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#18 of 38 Scott Dautel

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Posted October 07 2004 - 01:02 AM

Fascinating how the collective conscience of America seems to move in synch at times...
Check out this amazing deal --> 300 pc set 11.5g chips for $40.

Just popped up today.

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Posted October 17 2004 - 05:04 AM

I found some nice deals for poker chips at gifts-club.com
Free 100pc poker chips and a rack with their poker table tops. Other deals are not bad either and it's a fun site too!

#20 of 38 Carlo Medina

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Posted October 17 2004 - 07:48 AM

Will leave this thread open, but I wanted to update and say that I finally pulled the trigger. Was just at Costco and they had the set in stock: aluminum case, 500 11.5g chips, 2 decks of cards and dice for $59.99

It's not on their website, otherwise I'd link to it, but it pretty much looks in line with what's being sold on those other sites. Posted ImagePosted Image

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