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I am looking to purchase a new chipset for home cash games that look and feel identical to casinos chip quality. I was looking into the Showdown chips and that's all I could find, any recommendations?
 

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I am looking to purchase a new chipset for home cash games that look and feel identical to casinos chip quality. I was looking into the Showdown chips and that's all I could find, any recommendations?
Welcome to the forum!

Sorry to break it to you, but those particular chips don't come close to the identical look or feel of casino chips. For that you need to consider actual casino chips.

I'm not being facetious here. Chip sets that claim to be "official casino weight" or "casino quality" are not. Period.

Casino used Paulsons are often available in the classifieds for a reasonable price (for example, look for Horseshoe Cleveland or Cincinatti @ <$1 chip, depending on denominations). Other casino grade chips include certain grades of plastics and ceramics (Bud Jones and Chipcos are used in some casinos). @allforcharity has some BJ Mardi Gras "new" casino chip sets in very good to excellent condition.

Some other (relatively) inexpensive options that people seem to like, but are NOT casino quality are China Clays (Royals are favored at the moment, but there are other brands available that are fairly well regarded), hybrid ceramics, lesser grade ceramics, and certain plastics. Ceramics have the feature of being able to fully customize, as do real clay CPC chips (although the price starts to climb for custom options)

Take your time, search the forums, and investigate all of your options, and above all, GET SAMPLES!

Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
 
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Hello and welcome!
There are basically 3 kinds of chips for casino use: clay, plastic and ceramic. Technically they are all plastic.
Clay or compression mold by far is the most popular here and can be expensive in new condition. GPI the parent company of Paulson only sells to Casinos. Then there is classic poker chips that also make clay chips for home use.
I am the minority that likes plastic, which is usually cheaper on the secondary market. There is Matsui that will sell custom high quality plastic chips to the home market. They are expensive leaving the factory.
Ceramics are probably the most affordable brand new. ABC or Sunfly will make custom chips.
Then there is this sale going on from @The Chip Exchange
https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/presidents’-day-weekend-sale.51696/
Also plenty of awesome stuff in the classifieds. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions :)
 

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I am looking to purchase a new chipset for home cash games that look and feel identical to casinos chip quality.
$3000, look to spend that.
That's probably a bit on the high end. A 600-chip set of new casino-quality chips will typically cost somewhere between 75c to $3 per chip (depending on material type and manufacturer), so somewhere between $450 and $1800. It's certainly possible to spend three grand for a high-end set, however.

I was looking into the Showdown chips and that's all I could find, any recommendations?
The Showdown chips are inexpensive plastic chips with metal slugs, cost about 16c/chip, and are absolutely nothing like most real casino chips.

With few exceptions, there are three types of chips used in casinos:
  • compression-molded clay chips (Paulson, CPC/ASM, etc.) -- typical cost is $1 to $3 per chip, although prices for high-end sets can get astronomical.
  • high-end injection-molded plastic chips (Bud Jones, B&G, Matsui, etc.) -- typical cost is roughly $1 to $2 per chip for new chips
  • dye-sublimation printed ceramic chips (ABC, Sun-Fly, Chipco, etc.) -- typical cost is 60c to $1 per chip for new chips, with most in the 75c-80c range.
Several of the manufacturers listed above who currently produce chips for casinos do not sell to the general public (Paulson, Bud Jones, B&G). Those companies that do offer custom-designed chip options (CPC, Matsui, ABC, Sun-Fly), and some also offer existing stock items to buyers (CPC, ABC, Sun-Fly).

Other types of chips that are typically NOT used in casinos include low-cost (15c-25c) injection-molded plastic chips (with or without metal slugs) made in China, and a budget-priced (30c-50c) variation of those called 'china clays' (which have additives to emulate the characteristics of compression-molded clays).

Get samples, and decide which chips you like best, and which of those best fit your budget.
 
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