Just wondering if anyone has the scoop about if Paulson's home retail chips are going to be discontinued anytime soon. I read something a while back that they might be pulling out of the home chip market again.
I have always been on the edge of getting a large set of the World TH&C chips. If this is the case I may grab some but only for a small cash game set since I have enough Terrible's for a small tourney. Maybe one of the vendors can chime in as they would know if it is true or not. If it is true, you'll probably see a spike in prices on eBay.
Paulson (Gaming Partners International) sells chips to the public through its retail arm, Trademark Poker. They also sell semi-custom chips through Apache Poker chips. The chips are on a distinctive mold and come in a stock list of base color / spot combinations. It's a nice mold, but it is not the "hat and cane" mold used on the World Tophat & Cane and Paulson Classic chips.
The customer can (and must, I believe) hot stamp the chips. They don't sell blanks, to my best recollection. If I remember correctly, to get the chips, Apache had to agree to buy 100,000 of these -- GPI's normal minimum order quantity for chips.
I have word from a few vendors that the nationals were discontinued so I bought up what I could. I got a 600 piece tourney set to use as a secondary to my paulson pharaohs. It was tough too I had to go through 3 country's to do it and I still didn't get an ideal breakdown. 100's are gone everywhere and most places are out of the 25 1000 and ncv.