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The quest for a good quality set for my home game started a long time ago for me...

- Plastic top hat chips that were nicer than the thin, interlocking Bicycle/Hoyle chips
- "Official casino weight" dice chips from Costco
- BCC CDIs that looked nice but weren't meaningful to me
- Custom ASMs and BCCs where I failed to nail each sets' theme.

Along the way I fell in love with Havana and the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and had my Casino Nacional set made. Still, I had that itch that I couldn't scratch as it wasn't my "home game" set.

What defines a home game set? It took me a while to figure this out. I already tried "Steve's Card Club" with my first ASM set. This would have been acceptable, although nothing special, if I didn't use the Horsehead mold. My next idea was an homage to my first set of top hats - solids with my initials hot stamped on them. These would work too, but again, nothing special. I wanted something better.

The key piece I was missing was that those ideas were for me, but the game is about getting together with my friends. The game's core players have known each other since elementary and high school. Some of us have played poker together for over 30 years, some over 20, and all of us since our regular poker nights started when the poker boom hit. There are 5 regulars, and a few of our other school friends show up occasionally too. I needed this set's theme to be something the core players could easily connect with.

Three sets that inspired me were:

- The Boulevard. I always lean towards old-school, and this is my favorite contemporary CPC set. I wanted to try something that wasn't old school.
- Lakeshore Inn. The Cali colours are great, but what I really appreciate is the simple, classy inlay with a theme that's on point - golf and cards.
- Finally (and obviously) the Mapes. I've always liked the style of the white font on black with the bright chip colours. "How can I use it?" had been on my mind for 15+ years.

For the design I engaged @Johnny5 who also did my Nacional set. I told him my idea for a classy Club 72 theme along with those inspiring sets and he took me through a number of mocks. In the beginning I immediately wrote off the Mapes style, trying to get out of my minimalistic comfort zone, but it wasn't working and I completely changed direction a month and a half later. I expected that I missed the art cutoff for the current CSQ run, but a couple of days later David said the deadline was "days away." Around the same time I saw the Moonlight Card House chip by @JeepologyOffroad (thank you!) with the black inlays, which prompted me to entertain the Mapes style again. The next day it all came together, and a short two months later (yes you read it right TWO MONTHS!)...

Welcome to Club 72, where the members love the game seven deuce share the year seventy two, and have been getting together for poker nights since the early 00s. Timing couldn't have been better as we all hit the half-century mark in 2022!

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Classic spots and classy inlay. Great set. Frac is my favorite.

Makes me happy to hear my set helped a smidge. I normally prefer a white inlay too... but sometimes black just plain works. And it definitely does here with your set.
 
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Classic spots and classy inlay. Great set. Frac is my favorite.

Makes me happy to hear my set helped a smidge. I normally prefer a white inlay too... but sometimes black just plain works. And it definitely does here with your set.

Thanks! The 212, and retro red, frac has been popular and after seeing it in several sets I had to jump on the band wagon.
 
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Thanks! The 212, and retro red, frac has been popular and after seeing it in several sets I had to jump in the band wagon.
Because it's the best frac pattern! Simple, but still interesting. Those maroon spots make it.
 

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Looks great!
No handful of $20s 'just in case'?

My game doesn't play big enough for a $20. One of our core players is a big gambler, but the rest aren't. I was afraid the $5s wouldn't will make it to the felt, so I purposely bought less $1 and quarters than I normally would have. The entire bank will cover $150 per player and even if I had all new players I don't think I'd want anyone playing bigger than .25/.25 NL.

But I have that rack of blank purple CSQs just in case ;). I actually could have used them with my Nacional's one night as that bank there is only $65/player...
 
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Love these! Great inlay design - black really sets off the set nicely. The fiver is my favorite of the set. Nicely done!
 

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These are fantastic! Great colors, and classic (and classy!) design—congrats!!!

If your game outgrows your bank, you can just let $20 bills play. Or…get some cool plaques made!!! :D
 

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Really well done, and another example proving you don’t need to go nuts with colors and edge spots to make a fantastic set.
 

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I hate california colors and I hate black inlays. But I like these. Go figure.
Cool chips!
 

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I originally planned a light blue 314 retro red chip for my Casino Nacional $25, but decided to better align to the original chip's colour with the light green.

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I'm happy with that decision, but always wanted that combo. Here's a $40 starting stack for the Club 72 set:

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I haven't seen this thread until today. Great set, the $5 is my favorite ;)
I'd love to see soon some pictures with these chips in play
 

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I haven't seen this thread until today. Great set, the $5 is my favorite ;)
I'd love to see soon some pictures with these chips in play

The first game with these will be in June when the 6 of us from school have a high roller night - $50 buy in for our half century game!

I actually have a game this weekend but only 2 of the regulars can make it. Can you believe I have the restraint to use my Casino Nacional set???

Looking forward to seeing La Viña!
 
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I’m an unofficial Club 72 member myself. :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:
Have you hit the half century mark yet??? I did earlier this year and the youngest of my regs did yesterday. Now we're all old...
 

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The quest for a good quality set for my home game started a long time ago for me...

- Plastic top hat chips that were nicer than the thin, interlocking Bicycle/Hoyle chips
- "Official casino weight" dice chips from Costco
- BCC CDIs that looked nice but weren't meaningful to me
- Custom ASMs and BCCs where I failed to nail each sets' theme.

Along the way I fell in love with Havana and the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and had my Casino Nacional set made. Still, I had that itch that I couldn't scratch as it wasn't my "home game" set.

What defines a home game set? It took me a while to figure this out. I already tried "Steve's Card Club" with my first ASM set. This would have been acceptable, although nothing special, if I didn't use the Horsehead mold. My next idea was an homage to my first set of top hats - solids with my initials hot stamped on them. These would work too, but again, nothing special. I wanted something better.

The key piece I was missing was that those ideas were for me, but the game is about getting together with my friends. The game's core players have known each other since elementary and high school. Some of us have played poker together for over 30 years, some over 20, and all of us since our regular poker nights started when the poker boom hit. There are 5 regulars, and a few of our other school friends show up occasionally too. I needed this set's theme to be something the core players could easily connect with.

Three sets that inspired me were:

- The Boulevard. I always lean towards old-school, and this is my favorite contemporary CPC set. I wanted to try something that wasn't old school.
- Lakeshore Inn. The Cali colours are great, but what I really appreciate is the simple, classy inlay with a theme that's on point - golf and cards.
- Finally (and obviously) the Mapes. I've always liked the style of the white font on black with the bright chip colours. "How can I use it?" had been on my mind for 15+ years.

For the design I engaged @Johnny5 who also did my Nacional set. I told him my idea for a classy Club 72 theme along with those inspiring sets and he took me through a number of mocks. In the beginning I immediately wrote off the Mapes style, trying to get out of my minimalistic comfort zone, but it wasn't working and I completely changed direction a month and a half later. I expected that I missed the art cutoff for the current CSQ run, but a couple of days later David said the deadline was "days away." Around the same time I saw the Moonlight Card House chip by @JeepologyOffroad (thank you!) with the black inlays, which prompted me to entertain the Mapes style again. The next day it all came together, and a short two months later (yes you read it right TWO MONTHS!)...

Welcome to Club 72, where the members love the game seven deuce share the year seventy two, and have been getting together for poker nights since the early 00s. Timing couldn't have been better as we all hit the half-century mark in 2022!

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Some interesting colors and spots you have there, Sir. ;)

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Some interesting colors and spots you have there, Sir. ;)

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It started with seeing a lot of sets with the retro red and maroon combo. That with a 212 spot is perfect for someone like me who likes the idea if a solid frac, but wants to be a little fancier.

The $5 is a straight up Lakeshore Inn ripoff.
 

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It started with seeing a lot of sets with the retro red and maroon combo. That with a 212 spot is perfect for someone like me who likes the idea if a solid frac, but wants to be a little fancier.

The $5 is a straight up Lakeshore Inn ripoff.

Agreed. All the best solids have spots... ;)
 

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This weekend I finally get to unveil this set to the Club 72 members!

It's a fancy dinner and a BIG game (for our group) with a $50, half-century, buy in. Dealer's choice like we used to play before the poker boom. I'll be calling some spread limit Chicago which was a popular one back in the day. I actually can't remember if we played spread limit or some type of structure where the bets increases each round. It was definitely not fixed/pot/no limit though.

They still don't know about the set. I sent them an invitation with the inlay art teaser this week, but they'll be expecting my Casino Nacional set. Looking forward to hear things like:

- This one's sticker isn't centered.
- Why aren't they official casino weight?
- You paid HOW much for these things???
- etc..

Maybe the odd "nice chips" comment too ;)

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