Received my first barrel of THC's today...meh

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Thought the title would get me some attention. :D

Needed a quick micro set on the cheap to tide me over while I'm getting my semi-custom spirit molds done. @zo121179 hooked me up with his Nexgen set, with homemade Horseshoe-inspired labels, for a nice price. Included was a barrel of heavily-used PCA 5's, giving me a bank of $255, which is perfect for our small game.

Honestly, I'm not terribly impressed by these, but to be fair, they're tiny little bicycle tires. I'll still have to get some with sharp edges sometime.

The Nexgens are nicer than the Showdown set I had previously, but they're too slick. Maybe they'll get a bit less slippery with some handling, as my Majestics did.
 
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Not sure what exactly you were expecting, but for me it's the shuffle, sound, weight, and feel of real clay chips that make them superior to all other varieties. I actually kind of prefer my chips a little used because although minty chips are nicer to look at, they are much harder to shuffle.
 
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Thought the title would be me some attention. :D

Needed a quick micro set on the cheap to tide me over while I'm getting my semi-custom spirit molds done. @zo121179 hooked me up with his Nexgen set, with homemade Horseshoe-inspired labels, for a nice price. Included was a barrel of heavily-used PCA 5's, giving me a bank of $255, which is perfect for our small game.

Honestly, I'm not terribly impressed by these, but to be fair, they're tiny little bicycle tires. I'll still have to get some with sharp edges sometime.

The Nexgens are nicer than the Showdown set I had previously, but they're too slick. Maybe they'll get a bit less slippery with some handling, as my Majestics did.
Those are Nextel Pro chips. They are plastic injection molded chips that are very very slippery. The Bee Mold and another one are a more rubbery material and they stack and shuffle much better.

Edit: LOL at autocorrect of Nexgen to Nextel
 
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Don't get me wrong, I notice a difference in the feel, and Paulson colors are terrific, but it wasn't a life-altering difference, as it was trumped up in my head after all the PCF threads.
 

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One of the nicest things about the THC chips is how they break in compared to the RHC mold. The RHC chips are nice new, but become flea bitten quickly due to the placement of the hats. THC mold breaks in so nice, and certainly age better.
 

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One of the nicest things about the THC chips is how they break in compared to the RHC mold. The RHC chips are nice new, but become flea bitten quickly due to the placement of the hats. THC mold breaks in so nice, and certainly age better.
This is the biggest factor second to looks. But yeah this is big.
 
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One of the nicest things about the THC chips is how they break in compared to the RHC mold. The RHC chips are nice new, but become flea bitten quickly due to the placement of the hats. THC mold breaks in so nice, and certainly age better.
But how long would it take to wear down a mint RHC chip in a home game scenario (2 games a month). I expect it would take a long long time.

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Those are Nextel NexGenPro chips. They are plastic injection molded chips that are very very slippery. The Bee Mold and another one are a more rubbery material and they stack and shuffle much better.
^^ FYP ^^

The original Nexgen chip were 12g slugged injection-molded with a rubbery-like plastic produced on three different molds (LAS VEGAS, River Poker Tour, and the Bee mold), with two different label recess sizes (Bee mold only, I think). One of the nicer handling slugged chips imo.

The flashier NexGen Pro chips came later, and are 9.5g unslugged injection-molded plastic. Available with several label designs (including Dunes Commemorative chips from TCR), they look pretty nice but are made from a pretty hard and slick plastic material.


But how long would it take to wear down a mint RHC chip in a home game scenario (2 games a month). I expect it would take a long long time.
Both THC and RHC chips wear at about the same rate, but ~how~ they wear is very different.

Older leaded chips (mostly THC) rarely chip or nick, and develop slightly rounded edges during casual play. Newer THC chips also develop rounded edges, but are more prone to getting nicks and flea-bites during play. RHC chips are very susceptible to developing nicks and flea-bites due to the mold design (the hats are too close to the rolling edge, and produce a weak spot of thin material that is very prone to breaking), and will definitely show signs of wear and damage, even when just used in home games. Some RHC chip sets will show signs of damage after just one use.
 
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RHC chips are very susceptible to developing nicks and flea-bites due to the mold design (the hats are too close to the rolling edge, and produce a weak spot of thin material that is very prone to breaking), and will definitely show signs of wear and damage, even when just used in home games. Some RHC chip sets will show signs of damage after just one use.
Very true, harvested over 1400 chips no more than 3 days after a casino opening and about 5-10% already had chips in them where the hat (on RHC) was molded too close to the rolling edge and chipped right off. Even in a home game 2 times a month this would be noticeable on a small percentage of them.
 
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kind of a hijack, but this is closely enough related that i might as well put it in here.

ive got lovely THC's and worn RHC's and everything in between, but I did order one rack of yellow THC Roulettes from eBay one time to relabel, and if TRK's are "buttery smooth", then these THC's could be described as rubbing two chalkboards together. Very grating and not at all pleasant to handle. These are my only experience with truly poor quality Paulsons, the next closest thing Ive played with would he the Cleveland horseshoe 5's and theyre 1000 times better.

so, two questions and an observation:
Is this the quality expected when one orders a random rack of roulette chips from an unknown source?

What does it take to get a THC to feel this bad? water damage?

and the observation- if those were the first THC's or Paulson or clay chips I got my reaction would be much worse than 'meh'
 

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kind of a hijack, but this is closely enough related that i might as well put it in here.

ive got lovely THC's and worn RHC's and everything in between, but I did order one rack of yellow THC Roulettes from eBay one time to relabel, and if TRK's are "buttery smooth", then these THC's could be described as rubbing two chalkboards together. Very grating and not at all pleasant to handle. These are my only experience with truly poor quality Paulsons, the next closest thing Ive played with would he the Cleveland horseshoe 5's and theyre 1000 times better.

so, two questions and an observation:
Is this the quality expected when one orders a random rack of roulette chips from an unknown source?

What does it take to get a THC to feel this bad? water damage?

and the observation- if those were the first THC's or Paulson or clay chips I got my reaction would be much worse than 'meh'
Are they brand new or used? And are they THC mold, or roulette mold? Pics would be helpful.
 
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just the man id hoped would reply!
they were used and have since been sold as Horseshoe quarters a year ago. I cant for the life of me find a picture now but just solid THC with a textured white inlay that said "ROULETTE" in red. I was just curious if it was a normal occurence in less than ideally cared for older chips
 

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just the man id hoped would reply!
they were used and have since been sold as Horseshoe quarters a year ago. I cant for the life of me find a picture now but just solid THC with a textured white inlay that said "ROULETTE" in red. I was just curious if it was a normal occurence in less than ideally cared for older chips
Interesting. Some chips just don't age well, sometimes due to environmental conditions.

Those also may have been C&J chips or early Paulson chips produced by Burt Co., which would definitely feel different than later Paulson-produced THC chips. Different clay formula and production process altogether.
 
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