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Howdy!

Just joined PCF a few days ago, as I decided my Pharoh CC's weren't cutting it and I need to spend entirely too much money on a set of chips that will last me a lifetime.

Currently trying to pull together a mixed set of 1000 casino chips with the following breakdown:

100 5c (whatever I can find, preferably yellow)
200 25c (whatever I can find that's pink)
200 $1 (blue harvested Flamingo, Paris or Ceasar's Palace)
200 $5 (Dunes)
200 $25 (Watermelon Jacks)
100 $100 (Lady Luck, Horseshoe or Isle)

The only rules for my set are

a) must be Paulson's
b) must from a different Casino for each denominations
c) no mixing different chips for the same denomination

I've played the VAST majority of my poker online and was just starting to build my live cash bankroll when COVID-19 hit.

As a chip beginner, any advice is appreciated!
 

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Welcome! You're starting with a ton more knowledge than me when I started.

One thing to point out is that the watermelon JACKS are RHC while some of the others, like the various blue $1s, are THC mold.

I recently asked around and found a bunch of people here didn't care about mixing styles and some thought is was blasphemy. After now building both a THC and RHC mixed set, my personal preference is not to mix them.

Edit: looks like your higher denominations are RHC. If you just love the look of the Isles and Jack's, maybe try to find a RHC $1 like the Ysabels.
 

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Welcome! You're starting with a ton more knowledge than me when I started.

One thing to point out is that the watermelon JACKS are RHC while some of the others, like the various blue $1s, are THC mold.

I recently asked around and found a bunch of people here didn't care about mixing styles and some thought is was blasphemy. After now building both a THC and RHC mixed set, my personal preference is not to mix them.

Edit: looks like your higher denominations are RHC. If you just love the look of the Isles and Jack's, maybe try to find a RHC $1 like the Ysabels.

I figured I'm already picking up chips from all different casinos, so it won't matter if I mix RHC and THC. Why do you not like to mix them?
 

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Hello and welcome!

You might find it easier to manufacture/semi-customize your fracs rather than wait for a buying opportunity. They don't come up often (and for nickels, almost not at all).

Thanks for the advice! I was actually able to find a rack of 5c used casino chips so I'm hopeful for the 25c, which I would imagine to be more common.
 

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I figured I'm already picking up chips from all different casinos, so it won't matter if I mix RHC and THC. Why do you not like to mix them?

On RHC, the top hat is right in the edge of the chip, so when stacked, it can look like little bites taken out of the chip. When you put a RHC stack next to a THC stack they look different.

But that's it; purely aesthetics. Nothing wrong with mixing them.

I've also been looking for 25c chips in either mould, but they're hard to find (especially in a color that works in an existing set)
 

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Also, Dunes and Ceasar’s palace are house molds if I’m not mistaken. I wouldn’t mix the three but I guess it comes down to personal preference.
 

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I would go all thc if I were you and try to find yellow and pink solids like starbursts or similar and put @Gear labels on them.
 

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Also, Dunes and Ceasar’s palace are house molds if I’m not mistaken. I wouldn’t mix the three but I guess it comes down to personal preference.

Yes they are. I think it's personal preference. There's no reason why it wouldn't work, but I don't like the look IMO.
 

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Thanks for all the advice everyone! With a mixed set I don't really get trying to match all the molds as the point is they're all from different Casinos.

All the used casino fracs I've found have been THC, so if I wanted to match the entire set then I'd have to go that direction. Which would be pretty unfortunate because I love the look of Ceasar's, Dunes and the watermelon Jack's.

It's entirely possible that I get done with the set and don't like it but I figure worst case I can always resell the non-THC chips if I decide to go a different direction.

But maybe I'll change my mind!
 

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In the end only thing that matters is that you’re happy with your set

Yep! I started with mixed RHC/THC and just wasn't quite feeling it. So, I focused on the THC and really like how it came together. Then I felt bad for my little tiny RHC baby set that wasn't complete yet. So I gave that some love and now I'm really happy with both! It cost me a little more, sure, but I guess that's how you learn. Many people here would have done a catch-and-release of the RHC chips once they realized they didn't like them mixed together with THC, but I'd rather just push forward and complete both.
 

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Welcome! I love my mixed set. When I get home tonight ill try to post some pictures.
 

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UPDATE:

Just bought all the fracs and will provide pictures when they come in after a good cleaning. For now I just need to do some research on the best way to clean 300 chips!
 

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Ultrasonic Cleaner!

Also, what did you pick for the fracs?

5c Artichoke Joe's
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25c Pioneer Club
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I'm excited!
 

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Fracs arrived today!

The 5c chips are CRISP. Unfortunately I dropped one while taking pictures so one no longer has smooth edges :/.

Some of the 25c chips are warped. I assume there's no cure for this, but if there is I'd love to hear it!

Now all there is to do is clean the pinks!

Fracs.jpg
 

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Welcome. I'm also new here and putting my first set together. Yours 5c and 25c complement each other really well! Good luck with the rest of your search.

But maybe I'll change my mind!
You will. Endless times :D :whistle: :whistling: but isn't that part of the fun!?
 
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