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melocrit

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Greetings everyone!

I started getting really into studying and watching poker about half a year ago, and I've really fallen in love with everything to do with the game. I don't exactly remember how I found this forum, but I've been hooked since the first thread I opened.

I haven't made any major chip purchases quite yet, but I am excited to start working on my first custom set for a home cash game I'll be running with some college friends. I am also excited to learn tons more about the world of chipping in general!

As a totally beginner , I've been reading through the forum as a lurker for quite a bit and I've heard a lot of terms thrown around that I don't quite follow (mostly mentions of names like Paulson and ALOT of three letter abbreviations) is there a solid place to start reading up on all of these things? Are there any threads that are good resources for absolute beginners like myself?
 

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Hello and welcome!
Glossary posted above but for starters here's a shortlist of poker chip manufacturers regularly referred to here on PFC:
ASM - American Standard Molding (now CPC)
CPC - Classic Poker Chips (currently only place to buy custom "clay" poker chips)
http://www.classicpokerchips.com/
BCC - Blue Chip Company (purchased by GPI and now defunct)
GPI - Gaming Partners International
(Paulson chips)
TRK - (T.R.King...closed)
http://www.trking.com/history.htm
CC - china "clay". Chips manufactured in China with similar properties to traditional clay chips but much lower quality and don't have true pressed "inlays"; utilize stickers. Lots and lots of CC being sold out there with various degrees of subpar quality. For example, I've dumped 2 full sets in the trash bin after they basically started disintegrating after a couple of years. Probably best to avoid if at all possible imo.

TCR - The Chiproom - fabulous and generous vendor whom continuously offers new/used casino (usually Paulson) with good pricing and volumes. Primary chips being the used chips with varying degrees of wear. Secondary chips are unused and demand a higher price for overall better condition. Best for your wallet to avoid if at all possible :)
 

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Welcome! As a fellow new member, I completely get where you’re coming from. Two more suggestions (after you read through the above)...

1) The search function on the site works surprisingly well...better than you might expect from a forum search.

2) If search doesn’t help and you’re still unsure of something, ask! Members here really do like to help get others addicted...I mean interested!

Again, welcome!
 

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Hello and welcome!

Don't be in a rush, because there are lots of opportunities to buy stuff coming, especially with The Chip Room's sale of Horseshoe Southern Indiana stock. But if you want total customization, take some time to read some of the threads (and examples of other members' custom sets) in the appropriate subforum.
 

melocrit

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Hello and welcome!
Glossary posted above but for starters here's a shortlist of poker chip manufacturers regularly referred to here on PFC:
ASM - American Standard Molding (now CPC)
CPC - Classic Poker Chips (currently only place to buy custom "clay" poker chips)
http://www.classicpokerchips.com/
BCC - Blue Chip Company (purchased by GPI and now defunct)
GPI - Gaming Partners International
(Paulson chips)
TRK - (T.R.King...closed)
http://www.trking.com/history.htm
CC - china "clay". Chips manufactured in China with similar properties to traditional clay chips but much lower quality and don't have true pressed "inlays"; utilize stickers. Lots and lots of CC being sold out there with various degrees of subpar quality. For example, I've dumped 2 full sets in the trash bin after they basically started disintegrating after a couple of years. Probably best to avoid if at all possible imo.

TCR - The Chiproom - fabulous and generous vendor whom continuously offers new/used casino (usually Paulson) with good pricing and volumes. Primary chips being the used chips with varying degrees of wear. Secondary chips are unused and demand a higher price for overall better condition. Best for your wallet to avoid if at all possible :)
Thanks for the awesome response and quick rundown! Ngl the current TCR teasers of the Horseshoe set already have my wallet sweating.
 

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CC - china "clay". Chips manufactured in China with similar properties to traditional clay chips but much lower quality and don't have true pressed "inlays"; utilize stickers. Lots and lots of CC being sold out there with various degrees of subpar quality. For example, I've dumped 2 full sets in the trash bin after they basically started disintegrating after a couple of years. Probably best to avoid if at all possible imo.
Beware ^that^
@melocrit Welcome. Stay calm and get samples
 

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Welcome to PCF, enjoy the ride! I say that because pretty soon you'll be understanding the differences between chip manufacturers, narrowing chips and sets down to those you like the most and that's where the fun really begins. Few words of advice,

1) Buy samples when you can prior to purchasing sets. You need to see and feel chips in hand before you commit yourself to a large purchase. Even if you don't, more often than not you'll be able to sell that set back on the classifieds without taking a loss but avoid that when you can by purchasing samples.

2) Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask away, you'll get plenty of answers, I guarantee it. Awesome and helpful community that'll give you as much info as possible.

3) This one is a personal preference but I would try to first acquire ready-to-play sets whether on the cash or tournament side. As you get used to the hobby of collecting these things, you'll find your sweet spot in terms of which ones you like, what size sets suit your game, and if you want to customize. Some prefer to just dive head first into custom or mixed sets but I've always believed in testing the temp of the water with your feet prior to just jumping in lol

4) Say a prayer for your wallet prior to walking through the forum. Pretty sure it's going to take a good beating.

You're going to enjoy this stuff, immensely.
 
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