Does Paulson make the best Chip??

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So... earlier I saw a couple comments in the HOF2020 post... @Chippy McChiperson responded to @Perthmikes comment about Paulson being the greatest chip... I took the time to write this response but decided not to thread crap with yet another one of my awful books... I'm sure the debate has happened 100 times on the forum and please excuse my ignorance on the subject, and by no means am I trying to stir the pot or start anything... but it has been said several times this used to be a site for discussions and not just sales ads... if you're boarded and have nothing to do please take the time to read this one... I would love to hear your own opinions. Mike, Bill nothing but respect to both of you and not attempting to play middle man... just my thoughts on the subject.

As far as the debate of are Paulsons truly the worlds greatest chip? I bring it up regularly Bill that @krafticus Speak ECs get countless hours of felt time and they are still near new condition, also just amazed with the feel of the CSQ mold! If I was planning to run a larger card room and honestly had the Choice Between Paulson Or CPCs, I believe I would choose CPC. It is absolutely a matter of opinion, but it seems like the CPCs are a bit more dense.

Still very new to the chipping world, but I have herd it many times that Paulsons will last you a life time!! But recently I basically gave away some 98 CDIs that elwere total bike tires, how is that possible in the home market? Easy the chips aren't very dense, they wear pretty quickly! Also seen several times where people use mint chips for shuffle stacks and within a month or 2 the square sharp edges are rounded off. And let's not even go there on flea bites on THC chips! I have yet to witness any of this on CPC chips, I'm sure they are out there but I haven't come across any yet!

I will say that before you touch any Paulson chips you know what they feel like and that it is consistent every single time, a softer weighted clay feel. I have noticed there are variances in the CPC chip not only set to set but even within molds. Some just feel very plastic like similar to the non leaded TRKs... the difference there is night an day.

To be honest I was skeptical of buying the Silver Tounged Devils... not because of the design but I haven't been impressed with the CPC scrown samples that I have held thus far... but when the chips came in CPC knocked this one out of the park! The chips are amazing!! Not light, no plastic feel... honestly much better than I expected!!

Recently @BarrieJ3 has been having his samples sent to us to cut down on shipping over seas. @FordPickup92 and I have had the opportunity to check out soo many amazing CPC chips! I couldn't wait to finally check out @Chippy McChiperson "Bill's Hous of Bluffs" shaped inlays, beautiful local based art work. Freaking bright ass day glow colors you almost need sun glasses for, very tastefully put together. Absolutely nothing but praise on these chips... until I picked them up. We all know the day glow colors are obviously lighter and that you can't add brass flake to them, the result unfortunately to me is they feel a bit on the plastic side... I still can't wait to get a chance to check them out and shuffle a few barrels and spend some felt time with them!

In closing, I can't say who makes the best chips, the world says Paulson... but based off of what? Because they sell the most? Because they had the capitol to really corner the market and wipe out the competition just like any business sets their goals for? Is it possible they were afraid another company like BCC would have knocked them out of first? Yes BCC had a thousand quality control issues but man have you ever got the chance to feel a barrel of Inlaid GCR (wonder why the fracs are $400 a rack? Put your hands on them... you will understand), I have spent 4-6 hours a day cleaning, washing, oiling, drying and shuffling chips for the last 9 months... insane??? Yes it is! An expert absolutely not! Just compassionate if not obsessed with this amazing hobby. Brie and I own over 15k of what is considered quality chips from all of the large manufacturers and I can't say with a clear mind what I consider to be the "best" chip Hands Down...

My favorite would be old school leaded Scrown TRKs, followed by the BCC "T" mold, CPC CSQ, then Paulson but that is just a prefrence...

Feel free to share your opinions, hope everyone is safe out there and that well all make it through this! As always my grammar is awful and sorry for the book!

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Well for 1) you can't snap a Paulson in half with 2 fingers or if you drop it.
2) Their production quality and quality control are also light years better (bigger operation).
3) Far more/better color/spot options

CPC is great for custom home market chips, but casinos have access to GPI and will continue using them for security reasons and prices. New THC chips are cheaper than CPC chips, so there's that also.
 

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I think Paulson will be the brand here because of the other variables besides quality.

If we accept your quality argument as fact, then it goes to show that branding and demand variables carry more weight. Also, it seems as though there are far more options available and a better price point than other chips. Couple that with a few other variables like resale value, color options, ability to get chips from an actual casino, etc, and you get the picture.

When you add all of those factors in, you can see why people lean toward Paulson for their choice of the best overall chip.
 

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I believe BCC was essentially an offshoot of Paulson. If memory servers me correctly it was started by former Paulson employees. So basically the same/similar process/formula. @BGinGA or someone else can correct me.
 

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I think you'd probably need to consider older leaded Paulsons and newer non-leaded Paulsons as two different manufacturers. There's a big difference between the two IMHO.

I was going to say, are these the best chips in the world then?
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I’ll say confidently that Paulson MADE the best chips. Leaded, with textured, shaped inlay THC’s are the nuts, in my mind.
Admittedly, I’ve only handled about half the CPC molds, so I guess I can’t say for certain, but I’ll say it with confidence.
But now? I don’t know.
I’ll say this. When I was putting together a small mixed Nevada THC set a couple of years ago, I originally used Jerry’s nugget $1’s. I had to get rid of them. The clay felt underwhelming and the inlays felt like paper. I legit hated them, for their inferiority to leaded THCs.
So, I don’t know who makes the best chip these days. I’m happy to use any mint Paulson, but I won’t argue they’re the best - CPC probably does have some products that feel better than what GPI is cranking out today.
 

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One more thought. I’ve never been overly impressed with the boat chips (NAGB) and their progeny, for the reasons stated above.
But I think the reason PCFers keep sneaking back to the Paulson well is the selection - the Paulson colors and spot patterns are a thousand percent better than CPC offerings, hands down, no debate allowed.
So there’s that.
Edit: OTOH, CPC still offers shapes inlays . . .
 
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OP is too long to read lol... sorry Ben.

My answer to the question posed in the subject line is no.

Leaded TRKS are my absolute favorite followed by leaded Paulson's.

I love cpc, but i can't compare them to BCC, Paulson, or TRKS. The color palette of cpc is light years behind the other. Plus i prefer the feel of Paulson's and trks over cpc

None of this means i don't like cpc. I love them for what they bring to the market. Hell, i have the 2nd and 3rd rated custom sets of all time :)
 

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I believe BCC was essentially an offshoot of Paulson. If memory servers me correctly it was started by former Paulson employees. So basically the same/similar process/formula. @BGinGA or someone else can correct me.
I do believe that to be true @Forty4 but also Paulson was a spin off of TRK... all in the family... but BCC was producing definitely lower quality chips and casinos were changing over based off price (again I believe and from my reserch)... many of the BCC chips like the Garden Citys are just bad... feel like plastic... I took a $2 BCC GC started cutting with a knife and all I found was plastic... maybe just high resin I have herd but try that with a paulson... it won't cut!

Anyways I don't believe that anyone would argue that TRK. BCC. And Paulson are alike in any way... huge difference in each one.

As far as lead I absolutely agree that all of those chips were much better than non leaded... those times are gone. Even though part of this is discussing closed Chip manufacturers (I probably shouldn't have used TRK or BCC) current clay chips which is obviously very limited! Is it easy to say current Paulsons (both THC and RHC) are better than what CPC is putting out there??
 

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the Paulson colors and spot patterns are a thousand percent better than CPC offerings, hands down, no debate allowed.

This is my one sticking issue. If CPC added just a paulson canary comparable yellow I would be a poor man.

Mold-wise, THC is the only paulson mold I think competes with CPC. RHC, suits-mold, "paulson" mold, and even IHC are far behind CPC's offerings imho.
 

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IMO from an aesthetic/artistic point of view Paulson is #1. Paulson is also #1 when it comes to feel whether they are chaulky new or broken in, nothing compares to the feel of Paulsons. TRK are a close second but I like the appearance of THC and Paulson edge spot patterns more than TRK.

Then there is everything else. And everything else isn't necessarily bad as with things like Matsui or composite chips you have durability on your side. Lack of durability (which is relative) is really the only knock on Paulson chips (especially RHC).
 

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I do believe that to be true @Forty4 but also Paulson was a spin off of TRK... all in the family... but BCC was producing definitely lower quality chips and casinos were changing over based off price (again I believe and from my reserch)... many of the BCC chips like the Garden Citys are just bad... feel like plastic... I took a $2 BCC GC started cutting with a knife and all I found was plastic... maybe just high resin I have herd but try that with a paulson... it won't cut!

Anyways I don't believe that anyone would argue that TRK. BCC. And Paulson are alike in any way... huge difference in each one.

As far as lead I absolutely agree that all of those chips were much better than non leaded... those times are gone. Even though part of this is discussing closed Chip manufacturers (I probably shouldn't have used TRK or BCC) current clay chips which is obviously very limited! Is it easy to say current Paulsons (both THC and RHC) are better than what CPC is putting out there??

Can you define “better” better? Like give us a common rating criteria, otherwise we are all talking about oranges and dicks and meercats and shit, all over the map. Get us to agree on “better” first.
 

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As much as Paulson has some cool colors and edge spots, all of CPC's options are available to consumers. If Paulson sold to the public, I’d definitely make a custom set though.

I'd still pick well used CPC chips over well used Paulsons in a heartbeat. They hold up very well and become buttery.
 

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As much as Paulson has some cool colors and edge spots, all of CPC's options are available to consumers. If Paulson sold to the public, I’d definitely make a custom set though.

I'd still pick well used CPC chips over well used Paulsons in a heartbeat. They hold up very well and become buttery.

I have not played on all molds that CPC has to offer. I have played on a handful of them. I have to say the feel of the MD 50 and the B mold are absolutely amazing. I have 1300'ish of the FDL mold. Its not even a top 5 favorite mold of mine. It is however what worked best with my sunset theme. The feel is a little plasticky.
 

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Paulsons smell better.

I don’t know if anybody else is weird enough to smell chips but Paulsons have a smell that reminds me of everything to do with chips/poker that I love. So for me, there’s that. ;)

I only notice the smell if its bad (like some china clays). I've never experienced it with any of the other chip brands
 

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I only notice the smell if its bad (like some china clays). I've never experienced it with any of the other chip brands

yeah I know that smell too, not good. Every time I open the case of milanos I’m reminded of somebody who has cheap Harbor Freight tools in their toolbox on a hot day. A hint of rotting plastic/rubber in the air.
 
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