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"Samples, Everyone. Samples." I even got a small sample of the venerable Paulsons, complete with shiny lead edges.

There is a little bit to like about all of them. The bunch in the middle are my favorites thus far. The ones on the right are rejected mostly due to flash. Except the Monaco Clubs. Those colors don't work for me, even though the quality is good. The chips on the left are onesy-twosies from Apache's sampler. Most of the chips are from The Poker Store. (Is it ok to give shout outs on this board?)

The Turbo ceramics have a nice linen texture and bright and distinctive colors. Good feel, and filleted edge. The colors, especially on the edges, are the most easily distinguished of the bunch. They have a nice bright sound.

The Tournament Pros also have distinct colors. The feel is a little bland. The edge is very square. The sound is bright. These are the least expensive of my samples. These might be really good for running multiple tables for that reason.

The Pharoahs (not Paulsons, these have the Pharoah script mold, not sure on the brand) have perfect fab quality, nice color, low weight, and great feel. I like the chamfered edges.

The Milanos same as Pharoahs plus I love the spot design and colors.

The Monte Carlos are absolutely beautiful. The fab quality is perfect. They are second place in price. As much as I like the chamfered edges in other chips, I love the perfect and very small fillet radius on the edges of these chips. The hologram label is striking. The sound is a dead thud and adds to the perception of weightiness. These come in every denomination except for pi, e, and phi. The beautiful colors are great when admiring a single chip face. The colors are a short coming when trying to count out a stack of chips seen on edge though. I also don't care for the heavy weight.

The Paulsons. I had to get these to compare the gold standard to the inexpensive modern chips. I haven't been here from the beginning, so I don't hold the same feelings for these chips as most on the board seem to have. I might collect them in the same way I would collect anything rare and old. For that they might command a premium. For the purposes of having a nice attractive set to put into use, the price doesn't justify them. I think the Milanos and the Pharoahs compare favorably to the Paulsons. Once I heard them, I immediately felt that this is what a poker should sound like even though I did not have past experience with them.

I haven't picked a winner yet. To newbies who follow after me, the advice to get samples is spot on. You aren't going to know how you respond to a particular chip until you lay hands on it.


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Great post, getting samples is certainly what we preach around here.

For the purposes of having a nice attractive set to put into use, the price doesn't justify them.
If we had a dollar for every person that came on here saying something similar yet ending up with several high end sets within the first year… ;)
 

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+1 on the samples

Also, make use of the resources in PCF. Take your time and read up, took me 6 months of researching before I start procuring in any purchase

If we had a dollar for every person that came on here saying something similar yet ending up with several high end sets within the first year… ;)
Also if we also had a dollar whenever I heard people say it their last set, end of their poker collection (retirement) etc

I be able to own a BTP Set by now
 

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With a breakdown like that, and great post! I can see @jdub with 5000 posts and down a lot of money within the year.
 

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Also if we also had a dollar whenever I heard people say it their last set, end of their poker collection (retirement) etc
Haha, guilty there
 

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For the purposes of having a nice attractive set to put into use, the price doesn't justify them.

Most newbies feel this way initially. The advantage of Paulsons is that they hold their value far better than the China clay chips you're comparing them to. If you never intend to upgrade your chips then fine but most do and that's where having purchased Paulsons will literally pay off in the long run. It also looks as though you're comparing them with casino used Paulsons (hard to tell from the photo)... you should get your hands on some that aren't so used and then you will really see why people here lust after them.
 

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Most newbies feel this way initially. The advantage of Paulsons is that they hold their value far better than the China clay chips you're comparing them to. If you never intend to upgrade your chips then fine but most do and that's where having purchased Paulsons will literally pay off in the long run. It also looks as though you're comparing them with casino used Paulsons (hard to tell from the photo)... you should get your hands on some that aren't so used and then you will really see why people here lust after them.
True that I have used Paulsons. One of them is what I believe you call a bicycle tire. (Who's running the glossary?) I'll take you up on this one.
 

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True that I have used Paulsons. One of them is what I believe you call a bicycle tire. (Who's running the glossary?) I'll take you up on this one.
That’s the problem - comparing casino used RHC Paulsons to China clays, yeah I’d have a hard time arguing for those beat Paulsons.

Two thoughts:
1) when I first bought samples, I was comparing Milanos to Casa De Mexico’s - those were mint leaded THC Paulsons, pretty much the grail of poker chips. And I still thought it was a tossup. My hands and eyes and ears didn’t yet understand what makes a decent poker chip.

2) I love compressed clays and I wouldn’t waste a dime on those casino used majestics. I wouldn’t compare those to anything, because after years of owning and playing with premium poker chips, I just flat out wouldn’t own casino used RHCs. If it’s between those and China clays, I’d buy ceramics. But that’s just my tastes.
 

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The lesson to take away here is never handle premium chips. You'll be wealthier and happier by never discovering what you're missing.
 

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The lesson to take away here is never handle premium chips. You'll be wealthier and happier by never discovering what you're missing.

There's an absolute horrible truth to this. A more ignorant me 10 years ago probably would have been very happy with Spirit Mold and similar chips. And even CDI98 was still quite affordable then.
 

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Definitely nothing wrong with going for china clays or plastics or whatever fits your need/likes and budget. I think I much prefer another option (like ceramics) to sevea worn out rhc mold paulaon sets.

I hate those paulsons you got there by the way, lol, but I love many other paulson sets. IMO these worn out majestic star cash chips have pretty ugly looking inlays, and the $25 having a completely different (also pretty horrible) inlay makes it even worse. Lots of things to dislike about these. I know some people are stoked that they are leaded, but that factor comes way down the wishlist for me in and of it self. Opinions will definitely vary here, which is why getting samples is such a big deal -so good on you for doing that, and thanks for the write up!

I'm sure some minty or at least better condition chips either on the same RHC mold, or (even better) THC mold with an inlay design you like would make you more in love with paulsons. The problem is that that would cost a lot more for a full set though, so it's probably better to just stear clear of those for the time being!
 

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The majestic stars are definitely not a representative Paulson sample as mentioned by a few others. They are heavily used, and leaded RHCs which are not common. would suggest getting a shuffle stack of sharper RHCs just to get a better comparison.

Yes, you might like them better and they are more expensive. But worst thing you can do in this hobby at the beginning is spend several hundred dollars on a set of china clays, ceramics, etc. that you'll never be able to recoup more than half of in a resale only to turn around and decide you want "the good stuff" (which the wide majority of people tend to do.
 
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