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Hey, everyone. I’ve been trying to find some resources on plaques, but I’m coming up short. They seem like they can be a fun idea or a fun way to introduce high denominations for my home games.

My main questions are:

- What are high quality plaques made of and what are comparable materials?

- What are good brands?

- Most widely accepted weights and sizes?

- Am I a moron for thinking they’re a good idea?

Fire away! I’d love to know you’re thoughts.
 
1. Plastic and ceramic
2. @ABC Gifts and Awards can make ceramic plaques. Matsui can make high quality plastic plaques, but they are pricey. Tina (look in the Group Buy section here) can make low cost plastic plaques that still seem to be liked by members here.
3. They can range in size from as small as credit cards (although bit thicker) to like the size of an index card. The sizing is really up to the purchaser. Sometimes they will increase in size as the denomination increases.
4. Not at all. Plaques are a blast, but they can be an adjustment for players who are used to only playing with chips.
 
Hey, everyone. I’ve been trying to find some resources on plaques, but I’m coming up short. They seem like they can be a fun idea or a fun way to introduce high denominations for my home games.

My main questions are:

- What are high quality plaques made of and what are comparable materials?

- What are good brands?

- Most widely accepted weights and sizes?

- Am I a moron for thinking they’re a good idea?

Fire away! I’d love to know you’re thoughts.
- What are high quality plaques made of and what are comparable materials?
You can get plaques in plastic or ceramic. IMO plastic are far superior, but if your chips are ceramic, the ceramic plaques make more sense.

- What are good brands?
It depends on price and hitting a minimum order. Matsui are the best, but their minimum order is high. If you have a design that is desirable, and you are willing to run a group buy, that is the only way. Otherwise MSK out of Korea is very good, and easy to work with, despite the time zone differences. I'm not sure where I got my ceramics, but I would start with ABC. I love my MSKs though.

- Most widely accepted weights and sizes?
Again, this varies. Get samples. I chose 2 plaques based off the plaque sizes from James Bond / Casino Royale (2006), and one a size smaller.

- Am I a moron for thinking they’re a good idea?
Depends on who you ask. Some people prefer all the same size chip. Some like oversized chips but not plaques. Other's like the "oomph" of a stack of plaques. Either way, we're all kind of morons here, spending cold hard cash for something to represent cold hard cash.
 
MSK plaques are very good for the price. About $7 and change each with shipping about 2 years ago. (The big white dot is just a reflection)

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so they will make a single plaque for those prices? interesting.
Well, I haven't asked for that particular case. So my "No MOQ" should be changed to "No MOQ that I know of or have been informed on". But I do know of smaller orders than 100 too that have gone through.
 
100k and 1M with Mirage card for size comparison, sadly haven’t got 500k yet.
 

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Matsui
MSK
BRBPro
Tina plaques (but not the smallest size)
Other ceramics
Those dice plaques

I don’t think I’ve ever handled B&G plaques, but I’d guess they would rank 2nd or 3rd
 
I just contacted MSK today for a quote. So there’s no minimum order number, but is the shipping cost minimum $200?
Air mail from Korea ain't cheap.
 
MSK for reasonable-cost acrylic/plastic plaques, and Sun-Fly for their excellent rounded-corner thicker ceramic plaques (also available as ovals).

The MSKs are the loaded Accord/Camry models of plastic plaques, and the Sun-Fly ceramics can't be beat -- so much nicer than the thinner 3mm rectangles offered elsewhere.
 
MSK for reasonable-cost acrylic/plastic plaques, and Sun-Fly for their excellent rounded-corner thicker ceramic plaques (also available as ovals).

The MSKs are the loaded Accord/Camry models of plastic plaques, and the Sun-Fly ceramics can't be beat -- so much nicer than the thinner 3mm rectangles offered elsewhere.
And Matsui?
 
I love plaques. I had some custom ones made for a Casablanca set I had. They were purchased through Old West Poker Supply and designed by the late lamented Sal. The were actually manufactured by ABC (BR Pro Poker as they are now known). They were pleasingly chunky and had a wonderful heft. I would not think twice about getting them, or plaques of any kind, for high denoms. A very good case could be made for their superiority for serious cash value checks in a home game.

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Plaques are just awesome! I remeber handing out $25 chips in a game years ago and then got some $20 plaques out and players were handing back in the $25s and asking for "the cool plaques"

I love incorporating different shapes and sizes on the table! Including Octagons. These were made by @Potsie1 I believe
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Ceramic octagon $5k and then ceramic $25k plaques... though these are old school plaques. Almost more acrylic and glossy... more susceptible to chipping.

I recently had these made by Texas Poker Supply... but they came from China directly
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And absolutely love them! Possible even more than the plastic MSKs. They just fit the old school style of this set better IMO
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Also own several sets with the plastic style... these were designed by @Quicksilver-75 and produced by MSK
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Steve also designed the High Denoms for my 05 CDI set
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I went Octagon like the Mardi Gras for my mid Denoms
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Not taking up as much space on the table but still larger and getting another shape into play. Also thr Octagons were like $1.30 each and plaques start at like $6 - $7, so if you need a bunch it can get expensive quick!

I say if you are thinking about plaques... then do it! I don't really know anyone that doesn't enjoy playing plaques.
 
I say if you are thinking about plaques... then do it! I don't really know anyone that doesn't enjoy playing plaques.

I love plaques. I think they are a blast. I have had players told me they prefer chips vs plaques. Each to their own.

As for the different shapes and sizes of chips in play at once. I thought I would like it. I don't. I can deal with it. I am a lazy player. When I am scooping a pot and it has 39/43 mm chips mixed in, it causes me to have to do a little bit more work lol...........
 
Plaques are just awesome! I remeber handing out $25 chips in a game years ago and then got some $20 plaques out and players were handing back in the $25s and asking for "the cool plaques"

I love incorporating different shapes and sizes on the table! Including Octagons. These were made by @Potsie1 I believe
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Ceramic octagon $5k and then ceramic $25k plaques... though these are old school plaques. Almost more acrylic and glossy... more susceptible to chipping.

I recently had these made by Texas Poker Supply... but they came from China directly
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And absolutely love them! Possible even more than the plastic MSKs. They just fit the old school style of this set better IMO
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Also own several sets with the plastic style... these were designed by @Quicksilver-75 and produced by MSK
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Steve also designed the High Denoms for my 05 CDI set
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I went Octagon like the Mardi Gras for my mid Denoms
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Not taking up as much space on the table but still larger and getting another shape into play. Also thr Octagons were like $1.30 each and plaques start at like $6 - $7, so if you need a bunch it can get expensive quick!

I say if you are thinking about plaques... then do it! I don't really know anyone that doesn't enjoy playing plaques.
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