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Hey everyone,

I just bought my first nice set -- 800 Horseshoe Cincinnati chips and I was looking into storage / transport options. I was wondering about covered vs uncovered racks, is there any benefit to one over the other? Will chips resting on top of each other in uncovered racks cause damage? I was looking at getting the chipco racks from apache, but I'm open to any suggestion.

I figure I need to store 800 chips in racks, 2 decks, and a button in whatever case I get. I also ideally need to be able to move the chips around to a rotating poker night. I was looking at the Apache 3800 (and plasti-dipping it after cutting out space for the racks). Does anyone have experience storing this amount of stuff in this case? I figured I could do 4 racks across stacked 2 high and cut small areas for the decks / button on the side. I am a bit worried about the chips being snug in the case -- I don't want them bouncing around in the top rack when I hold it upright.

I was also considering getting a 4800 in case I wanted to add a couple more racks -- maybe fracs. I assume 1,000 + extras has no prayer of fitting in a 3800...

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Following because I'm in the same boat. Was looking at the Apache 3800 at Harbor Freight literally an hour ago for my 600 chip set haha
 

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Apache 4800 with 1200 chips, 10 plaques, and 4 decks. There are tons of threads about Apache cases here, and Harbor Freight almost always has a coupon for 20% or 25% off. With only 800 chips you can probably use a 3800.
 

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Apache 4800 with 1200 chips, 10 plaques, and 4 decks. There are tons of threads about Apache cases here, and Harbor Freight almost always has a coupon for 20% or 25% off. With only 800 chips you can probably use a 3800.

Any damage to the chips on the underneath layer (or do you have covers on those)?
 

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No, but these are ceramics from brpropoker. I make no claims to what clay chips will do, but to be honest these racks were built to be stacked and carried like this from jump street. There are tons of pics of people's Apache's cases here at PCF. Most do the same thing I did.
 

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Does anyone have a recommendation for purchasing racks / covers for the paulsons?

Alternatively, does putting a rack in upside down on top of the bottom layer work, or is that too tall?
 
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600 chips in the 3800 will fit just fine. Here’s my 600-count set and two card setups in the 3800.

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Love that setup. Just ordered one from Harbor Freight not even an hour ago. Got it for cheaper than those junk "aluminum" cases on Amazon/Ebay. Thanks a lot for the advice, this case looks like it'll last forever.
 

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Does anyone have a recommendation for purchasing racks / covers for the paulsons?

Alternatively, does putting a rack in upside down on top of the bottom layer work, or is that too tall?
A rack upside down should work just fine - I had to put a board under the bottom foam so the top rack stuck up high enough to let the top foam hold it in place. Racks upside down on top of the bottom rack will fill the same space my board does.
 

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Does anyone have a recommendation for purchasing racks / covers for the paulsons?

Alternatively, does putting a rack in upside down on top of the bottom layer work, or is that too tall?
This is a genius idea I never would've thought of. My only concern with the Apache was that my racks are a hair long for my chips, to the point that there's a little slack, but putting empty racks on top not only takes care of that problem but also gives me a place to store my extra empties. You are a genleman and a scholar @sheslikeice.
 

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Apache arrived! Super easy to customize the foam. Left enough space for my buttons and plaques too, but don't have those in my hands yet. Great case to say the least.
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Ah, you're in Seattle. Some consider a Pelican to be the best of the best, when it comes to chip cases. I have found that I'm too big of a wimp for my Pelican case, so I've been meaning to post one or both of mine for sale, but I only wanted to sell them locally. So if you're interested in that, I can give you a good deal on a great case. I'm just not strong enough to lift it when it is fully loaded, so I have replaced it with smaller chip cases (that only hold 500-600 chips).

Let me know if you're interested.
 

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I have been planning to post my PCF table topper mats for sale too...if you have interest in any of those, too. :)
 

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I have been planning to post my PCF table topper mats for sale too...if you have interest in any of those, too. :)

Hey, Mel, I'd be interested in two of them, rectangles preferred but not strictly necessary. Shipping is a problem, unless I can prevail upon Tony to pick up if he's doing a cross border jaunt.
 

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I already got an apache case, so I'm going to use that for the chips. Feel free to @me when you post the PCF table topper mats though, I might be interested in one :)
 

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Ah, you're in Seattle. Some consider a Pelican to be the best of the best, when it comes to chip cases. I have found that I'm too big of a wimp for my Pelican case, so I've been meaning to post one or both of mine for sale, but I only wanted to sell them locally. So if you're interested in that, I can give you a good deal on a great case. I'm just not strong enough to lift it when it is fully loaded, so I have replaced it with smaller chip cases (that only hold 500-600 chips).

Let me know if you're interested.

I have several Pelicans for other hobbies that involve bulky, fragile and expensive models. The Pelican Airs make a great alternative that aren't quite as heavy as the original without giving up much on strength.

The biggest issue I've had with Pelicans is that for some reason people equate Pelican with guns and not any other hard case so I have had a few run ins with TSA and overzealous hotel security when using a Pelican than with any other case.
 

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Bumping this thread to ask some more advice.

My Apache 3800 has 2 layers of pick-n-pluck, and a single solid layer. I find that when I stack my paulson racks 2-high, the chips move ever so slightly when I pick up the case and move it around. It's not enough to dislodge them from their racks, but it's enough that it bothers me. However, when I add an upside-down rack on top, it requires a substantial amount of force to close the case and I believe it's too much pressure on the chips.

Any advice for a happy middle ground? Anyone else have a solution that worked for them? Maybe some sort of layer underneath the bottom foam layer to boost everything up a bit?

Thanks!
 

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I don't know if there are any covered Paulson racks.
Don't know either (but you could test) if a cover from another brand of rack, slightly bigger, would be OK if secured with a thin elastic band around the whole rack.
 

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I don't know if there are any covered Paulson racks.
Don't know either (but you could test) if a cover from another brand of rack, slightly bigger, would be OK if secured with a thin elastic band around the whole rack.

Fair enough -- that might work. I suppose I could always just accept that my chips will move a little with no cover ... I just don't want them damaged if the case falls over or something.
 

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Fair enough -- that might work. I suppose I could always just accept that my chips will move a little with no cover ... I just don't want them damaged if the case falls over or something.
I put a board underneath the solid piece of foam - that propped up my chips high enough for the top to hold everything perfectly. Try that
 
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