CPC vs Paulson

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Sorry, but I gotta say. This "Paulson is better then CPC" logic isn't correct IMO. It's two different products, and honestly, I have sold nearly all my Paulson sets to get more CPCs.
Hmm i guess its really about personal preference? I might be swayed after i have my hands on some cpc samples haha
 

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Hmm i guess its really about personal preference? I might be swayed after i have my hands on some cpc samples haha
CPCs are going to be a harder clay, and a bit lighter, but it's very mold dependant. But the ability to customize every angle of the chip rather then working with prebuilt chips on Paulson's for a lesser price (very often) makes them a great option. I think a common issue with people with CPC is they don't take the time to work with the limited color palette. You gotta grind a bit more and play with things rather then just find what ya like in Paulson options. But great things can be done. @Ronohs pillage and plunder, @Psypher1000 cavalry clubs, and @madforpancakes Rainer Room are fantastic examples of sets where they found perfect mixes in CPC to make perfect sets. None of those could have been achieved in a Paulson set.
 

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CPCs are going to be a harder clay, and a bit lighter, but it's very mold dependant. But the ability to customize every angle of the chip rather then working with prebuilt chips on Paulson's for a lesser price (very often) makes them a great option. I think a common issue with people with CPC is they don't take the time to work with the limited color palette. You gotta grind a bit more and play with things rather then just find what ya like in Paulson options. But great things can be done. @Ronohs pillage and plunder, @Psypher1000 cavalry clubs, and @madforpancakes Rainer Room are fantastic examples of sets where they found perfect mixes in CPC to make perfect sets. None of those could have been achieved in a Paulson set.
Here’s another excellent example ;)

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/chipdb/scarlets-room.72/
 

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This is not entirely accurate. I cannot speak for all CPC moulds but I can say that both my custom CPC sets (FDL and Jockey) were easier to shuffle right out of the box versus mint unleaded Paulsons. Mint clay chips from GPI have much sharper edges compared to mint CPC chips.

You're very much right but I think CPC sharpness varies by the mold. In my experience, scrown edges are much sharper than those of A-mold and might give paulson sharpness a run for its money.
 

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I believe that edge sharpness is less a matter of the mold and more a matter of the machining and finishing. Chips come out of the mold with flash on their edges; they're lathed or ground to remove the flash and to cut them down to the exact diameter desired. That also creates a sharp corner between the freshly-machined edge and the face.
 

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Hello!

Im new to the poker chip world and just wondering if anyone can advise the difference between cpc(rounders, asm, the kind with the horse head inlays) vs classic paulson thc and rhc? are they the same material and finish? Is there a previous thread that i can refer to?

Thank you and sorry if this has been asked before!
CPC - harder, a little lighter, more vintage-style higher-pitched clay sound, stack slightly better, somewhat bland color palate.

Paulson - softer, heavier, more “chalky” texture, unique deeper-pitched sound (more older clays sound closer to ASM), more vibrant color palate, some blues bleed color onto other chips.

Personally, I find both chips equally pleasant to play with. I will eventually drop several grand on a poker set. It will be a CPC set rather than a Paulson set based solely on the fact CPC does home game orders.

Ultimately, though, this discussion is akin to choosing the ugliest contestant at a Miss America pageant.
 

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You're very much right but I think CPC sharpness varies by the mold. In my experience, scrown edges are much sharper than those of A-mold and might give paulson sharpness a run for its money.
This is good to know as I'm planning another custom set on the scrown. My colour sample on scrown looks like the others I have but I got it second hand.
 

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The key is to take your time, which is easier preached than practiced for all of us. "Get samples" is always the correct mantra.

What I have found and what I believe I witness from many veteran chippers is that Paulsons are the best way to start if you want to jump right in with the best quality. As you go you will start better learning the chipping intricacies (denominations, colors, inserts, progression, flow, themes, inlays, personal preferences, etc.). It is at that point you can take what you have learned and will be better suited and prepared to make your own custom set through CPC. Besides a few specific sets, you are not going to be able to have the resale value that Paulsons have, so that needs to be taken into consideration if that could be an issue for you. However, the set should last your whole life unless you are throwing them against a wall, is your own set, and is fun/unique.

Personally, I finished the core of my two Paulson sets, know exactly what I want in my next chip/set, and am currently in the early stages of a custom CPC Cali-color cash set. From what I gather, many take the same path. Not to mention, Paulsons going up in price now make CPCs even more cost-effective than they previously were.

Summation: Take your time, browse, and get samples.
Thx alot. Samples, play, take it slow. Was going to go from entry slug chip straight to CPC. But perhaps a few years dabbling with a Paulson play stack... I wish I lived I. The "CONUS" poor ol' Canuck here.
 

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Thx alot. Samples, play, take it slow. Was going to go from entry slug chip straight to CPC. But perhaps a few years dabbling with a Paulson play stack... I wish I lived I. The "CONUS" poor ol' Canuck here.
I can sympathize with ya on the poor Canuck syndrome. There are ways to mitigate the shipping costs and logistics of moving chips.

Welcome to the site man! I'm always delighted to help out if I can. Drop me a PM if you need help with anything or any advice. I've shipped and received these expensive discs now all over the world..
 

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These are often referred to as some of the best tourney chips ever designed.
Are these in the HOF? What are these amazing chips?
Is it the spot progression or the inlay that makes the difference between these and some of the most ordinary tourney chips? It sounds like those guys that always ask for the CPC’s don’t refer to those Paulson tourney chips as “the best ever designed”.
I’m genuinely interested in this pinnacle of tourney chips, see what we are all striving for.
 

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Are these in the HOF? What are these amazing chips?
Is it the spot progression or the inlay that makes the difference between these and some of the most ordinary tourney chips? It sounds like those guys that always ask for the CPC’s don’t refer to those Paulson tourney chips as “the best ever designed”.
I’m genuinely interested in this pinnacle of tourney chips, see what we are all striving for.
Boat chips. He's talking about boat chips.
 

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Seriously? No effing way. He’s talking about chips that are often referred to as some of the “best designed tourney chips” ever. Pictures?
The only other thing it could possibly be is the Aztar hot stamps, but if I remember my history properly, he's talking about one of the "star" orders.
 

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The only other thing it could possibly be is the Aztar hot stamps, but if I remember my history properly, he's talking about one of the "star" orders.
If that’s truly what he meant, I’ve got to say I think I’ve heard them described with curse words more often than I’ve heard them called “the best designed tourney chips”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them called that as a matter of fact.
 

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One thing not yet mentioned that I find an aspect in favor of Paulson are the security features you find on actual casino chips - UV logos, micro-dots, etc. Those features are interesting to me & my players. A second aspect IMO that puts Paulson >>>> CPC are the variety of edge spots. Even the best CPC custom sets (@Ronoh ’s Pilage & Plunder) end up having to reuse edge spots multiple times.

All that being said, and all that others have already mentioned though, if you are concerned about your players bringing outside chips into your game, your best option is CPC.
 

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A second aspect IMO that puts Paulson >>>> CPC are the variety of edge spots.

You're kidding, right? CPC offers a huge variety of edge spot combinations. Yes, there are fewer overall colours available, but the amount of colour/edge spot combos that are possible are still quite staggering. And look at all those mold choices, too! And shaped inlay choices!
 

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If that’s truly what he meant, I’ve got to say I think I’ve heard them described with curse words more often than I’ve heard them called “the best designed tourney chips”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them called that as a matter of fact.
To each their own, I suppose. people might be using curse words for other reasons?

I think they’re purdy (don’t think I’m alone)

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photo credit: Tommy
 

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First of all, I think 99% of us agrees that Paulsons >>>>>CPCs. With that said, CPCs are great! They are the only way one will get brand new clay chips and chips with the design of one’s own choice at that. Both are compression made clays but they use different formulas. CPCs are harder and have sort of a rough finish (feel will differ a lot between the different molds). New CPCs require oiling to really shine while new Paulsons generally do not. Most notable difference though is the much wider color palett of Paulsons. Compared to Paulsons a lot of the CPC colors appear a bit dull, and in some cases very dull or washed out. This is especially true with the yellows.

I really like CPCs and have an order in for a custom cashset but if you’re considering a set you should definitely get samples to decide for yourself whether you like them or not.

I wouldn’t say 99%
 
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