Poker chips are a crucial part of the casino games as they are the medium of bet making in all the table games. There are various varieties and designs of chips according to the casinos they belong to. Every casino has a different chip design and a few details which makes them unique and hard to counterfeit. Poker chips are also available at the game stores to be purchased for playing poker at home. There are mainly four types of poker chips that are used for poker games, depending on the game or the event.
Metal chips are not usually used for tournaments and daily casino games. It is more suited for a collection set for poker lovers. These chips are made with quality metals and laser-cut designs for a unique look which will complement a great chip collection or games for special occasions with family and friends. Finding an authentic collection of metal chipset can take time and research as they are only made as limited editions by poker chip manufacturers. You will have to look out for the manufacturer’s websites or eBay if someone is selling it. Metal chips can be very expensive as some of the chipsets in the past have been made with real gold, silver, and bronze alloys.
Ceramic chips are made with clay and go through a complete finishing to have a smooth surface. The manufacturers make sure that the chips are made with better quality ceramic for longer life. They are hard to break and have quality engravings. Ceramic chips are made with injection moulding process, and the designs are printed over the chips for high definition detail. They are the best chips for handling and doing tricks. You can buy the chips from the original manufacturers’ websites. They can be a little expensive for casual gaming but a perfect option for luxury casinos and big-pot party games.
Composite and clay chips are made with clay and feel similar to the ceramic chips in weight and designs. They can be a little rough on the feel, but the style is similar to the ceramic versions. Clay chips were used in the saloons and card rooms during the old times, but then a harder composite was introduced for much durable and brittle roof chipsets. These chips can perform tricks better than plastic chips because of being heavier and having a better grip. It is a great option for a decent chipset for home games during parties.
Plastic chips are the cheapest you can get. But some companies also make high quality plastic chips which can have several other functions. Casinos use plastic chips with inbuilt chips to prevent counterfeiting of their casino chips. These chips can be produced in bulk and can be a great choice for casinos to save money on buying chips. The ceramic and composite versions contain a risk of breaking even though they are pretty durable. The plastic chips, on the other hand, are unbreakable, which drops the worry of care.