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Greetings from Denmark.

I’ve been ploughing through the forums for a few weeks now – it’s just packed with great information.

I’m trying to establish a home game and looking at upgrading my old dice chips. I’ve gotten a couple of samples(!) so far – and I guess I might as well share my opinion.

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Dice chips:
Actually the look and feel is alright considering the price. My main beef with these chips is how slippery they are when handling and how unstable they become when stacked.

Bluff Canyon, metal slugged plastic chips:
They look quite nice - bright colors aligned edge spots and somewhat aligned stickers. They feel really heavy, 13.5g I believe and handle like a dump truck. The somewhat flared/rough edges render the immediate feel a bit worse than the dicies.

12 Star, china clays:
I’m not sure these are a good representation of china clays, but the selection in Europe seems quite limited. I like the classic design although the colors are a bit bland. I like their softer more “natural” feel and sound, but handling them they feel a bit dull and sluggish in an uneven sort of way – hard to describe really.

Lucky dragon, ceramics:
With their smooth edges they feel quite nice to handle – also shuffle super easily. They seem very stable and I imagine they stack to infinity. The printing seems a little faded or blurry – not sure if that’s a general ceramics thing. They have a quite hard/sharp sound to them which I’m not an immediate fan of.

Oh well, the search continues. I guess the answer is more samples…
 

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Welcome neighbor!

Don’t forget about 43mm royals from Apache (most popular china clay chip here) and ceramics from brpropoker. Or just skip right onto some nice clay chips through the classifieds. Chances are you’ll end up there anyway.
 

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Welcome! Not all ceramics will have blurry images, but for most of the cheaper options that is the case. I would definitely say +1 for recommending royals from Apache. However, from the responses you noted above to each sample you may be looking for a more authentic clay chip. I would look into a traveling sample loan to try out some Paulsons. There are other options that are less expensive, but most of those choices fit into the descriptions above. You may also reach out to some members near your area, most of us here are happy to offer a chip loaner out for sampling purposes.
 
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Hej Quarkie. No there is not much (if any) good stuff around in Europe anymore. You will find lots of fabulous chips on this site though. I would also recommend real clay chips although they are normally in the more expensive segment.
 

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Greetings from Denmark.

I’ve been ploughing through the forums for a few weeks now – it’s just packed with great information.

I’m trying to establish a home game and looking at upgrading my old dice chips. I’ve gotten a couple of samples(!) so far – and I guess I might as well share my opinion.

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Dice chips:
Actually the look and feel is alright considering the price. My main beef with these chips is how slippery they are when handling and how unstable they become when stacked.

Bluff Canyon, metal slugged plastic chips:
They look quite nice - bright colors aligned edge spots and somewhat aligned stickers. They feel really heavy, 13.5g I believe and handle like a dump truck. The somewhat flared/rough edges render the immediate feel a bit worse than the dicies.

12 Star, china clays:
I’m not sure these are a good representation of china clays, but the selection in Europe seems quite limited. I like the classic design although the colors are a bit bland. I like their softer more “natural” feel and sound, but handling them they feel a bit dull and sluggish in an uneven sort of way – hard to describe really.

Lucky dragon, ceramics:
With their smooth edges they feel quite nice to handle – also shuffle super easily. They seem very stable and I imagine they stack to infinity. The printing seems a little faded or blurry – not sure if that’s a general ceramics thing. They have a quite hard/sharp sound to them which I’m not an immediate fan of.

Oh well, the search continues. I guess the answer is more samples…
Not all ceramics are created equal, and not all ceramics use the same kind of blank for the chip either. Add "Nevada Jacks" to your list of needed samples. They get a different blank.
 

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Welcome neighbor!

Don’t forget about 43mm royals from Apache (most popular china clay chip here) and ceramics from brpropoker. Or just skip right onto some nice clay chips through the classifieds. Chances are you’ll end up there anyway.
Welcome! Not all ceramics will have blurry images, but for most of the cheaper options that is the case. I would definitely say +1 for recommending royals from Apache. However, from the responses you noted above to each sample you may be looking for a more authentic clay chip. I would look into a traveling sample loan to try out some Paulsons. There are other options that are less expensive, but most of those choices fit into the descriptions above. You may also reach out to some members near your area, most of us here are happy to offer a chip loaner out for sampling purposes.
I have in fact been eyeing the Royals - they look quite nice. Shipping from the US + import taxes is a real killer though.
And yeah, Paulsons... Afraid I might really like them which could become dangerously expensive. Although not as expensive as going through a series of gateway chipsets before eventually ending up with Paulsons anyway :p
 

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I have in fact been eyeing the Royals - they look quite nice. Shipping from the US + import taxes is a real killer though.
And yeah, Paulsons... Afraid I might really like them which could become dangerously expensive. Although not as expensive as going through a series of gateway chipsets before eventually ending up with Paulsons anyway :p
Welcome!!! I agree with your opinion on just settling, time and again, until you finally decide to buy the chips that you really wanted in the first place.

Check out classicpokerchips.com (a vendor here on PCF) for genuine clay chips. Customs can get expensive. CPC does carry some stock chips that might be of interest.

PCF member @dennis63, also a vendor here, operates under the name Key West Resort and Casino. That's also the name of his line of chips, which are made by CPC.

Good luck!
 
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