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Still new to the forum. I ran some home games back 15 years ago but never got past the cheap chips, though I did order some samples back then. Now I’m trying to start up a home game and my interest in chips has returned. I ordered a bunch of samples from Apache and CPC and thought I’d post my initial thoughts.

TL;DR - CCs are better than 15 years ago. Dunes are my faves so far. Paulsons rock - Hollywood Casino is a very nice set. CPCs are right up there with Paulsons IMHO. Need to decide between Dunes and Hollywood to get started. Custom CPCs are probably in my future.

Apache

China Clays

The CC chips have definitely improved in the last 15 years. Still some color inconsistencies but very good value.

Pharaoh’s – Nice chips but I’m not a huge fan of the color progressions.

Dunes – My favorites of the CCs. Like the design and the color progression is great. Shame there’s no 5c chip but the Pharoah’s 5c goes quite well with the set if you don’t mind the label difference.

Majestic – Nicely made and clean design. I can see why they are popular. The lack of spot progression puts them further down my list. They just don’t excite me.

Royal – These oversized chips look good and I could see would be a fun addition at some point. More of a novelty set rather than a workhorse set IMHO.

Paulsons

What can I say? Love the feel of real clay chips.

Jumers secondary – Nice set. Not so keen on the shiny label and the $1 colors aren’t to my taste (I know others love them.) Also, without a frac they won’t be useful for my home game.

Hollywood Casino – Wow! This is my kind of set (except for the shiny labels.) The colors are nice and the oversize, orange $1000 is quite a treat. I could use them for 0.25/0.50 game just by treating the dollars as cents. The chip distribution in the 500 set is short on 25 denom which will lead to more making change. Probably not a big deal – the 1/2/3 casino games I play have very few $1 chips in play. It works out. Worth noting that I think the $5 Jumers secondary (available by the barrel) looks quite good with this set (if you don’t mind the label mismatch) and could provide the opportunity to play 0.05/0.10 games if needed. See picture.

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Classic Poker Chips

This was my first chance to handle CPCs and I’m very impressed. Not the same a Paulsons but I think just as high quality. I like the texture and the inlays look great. Being able to make custom chips just pushes them further up the list.

Rounders CSQ – Great nostalgia but I’m not excited by the design. The CSQ mold is not my favorite. The oversized scroll chips are nice.

Atlantic Club HHR – Great set and I think HHR may be my favorite mold and is a strong candidate for a custom set one day.

Atlantic Club HS – I am very impressed with the hot stamping. This would certainly be a fun tournament set one day.

Final thoughts

Cheaper start: Low stakes Dunes set for cash game (maybe add in 5c from Pharoah’s.) Some resale value but also not a big investment.

Expensive start: Hollywood Casino Paulsons maybe with a rack of $5 Jumers secondary. Can work for low stakes cash game (divide by 100) and should have good resale value later if needed. I’m not intending to murder any chips for now.

Later: Custom set of CPCs. I’m working on some designs that I’ll post so I can get some “constructive feedback.” These would have to be a forever set since they are custom, so I’ll wait to see if I can get a consistent home game going again.

Thanks if you made it to the end of this post. I hope I managed to offend you with at least one of my opinions!
 
Just for fun I quickly mocked up what it might look like to relabel the Jumers $5 as Hollywood Casino. The denom isn't centered, but that would be harder to do with the stars in the background.

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What about Tina chips? Seems like a much better option than China Clay nowadays (that is where I would start if not going to Paulson).
I think ceramics always were a better option than China clay. The fact that you can get halfway decent ones more cheaply now than ever kinda makes it a no brainer in my mind. But I guess some people don’t care for ceramic?
 
Tina chips have so many nice looking ones to use for home games, that it is almost a no brainer.
Customs can be made for any poker room theme.
They will never be worth more than one pays for them, but unless you are collecting pro chips, it is a great options with limited expense.
 
I think ceramics always were a better option than China clay. The fact that you can get halfway decent ones more cheaply now than ever kinda makes it a no brainer in my mind. But I guess some people don’t care for ceramic?
Thanks for the Tina suggestion. I generally haven't enjoyed the casino ceramics I have used as much. Where would I get Tina samples?

You coulda bought a set for all that sample money….
Yes, a small cheap set, that I would regret buying as soon as I unpacked them.

They said "buy lots of samples!"

This is really cool! I would find a different $500 tho
You don't like it?
 
Thanks for the Tina suggestion. I generally haven't enjoyed the casino ceramics I have used as much. Where would I get Tina samples?
If you’re not a fan of casino ceramics, the cards mold and no-mold from Tina may not change your mind, but I highly recommend checking out the new hybrid chips. Ceramic base with a recess for a high quality label. They feel great, unlike previous ceramics.
Justin from Broken Arrow (a vendor here) runs monthly group buys and will likely have samples available. The new web mold is coming soon as well.
 
If you’re not a fan of casino ceramics, the cards mold and no-mold from Tina may not change your mind, but I highly recommend checking out the new hybrid chips. Ceramic base with a recess for a high quality label. They feel great, unlike previous ceramics.
Justin from Broken Arrow (a vendor here) runs monthly group buys and will likely have samples available. The new web mold is coming soon as well.
I'll see if can get some hybrid samples. Thanks!
 
I think ceramics always were a better option than China clay. The fact that you can get halfway decent ones more cheaply now than ever kinda makes it a no brainer in my mind. But I guess some people don’t care for ceramic?
I don’t like the dimples created on ceramics, I also like the feel and sound of CC better than ceramic. I chose to go with Apache Royals over ceramic for these reasons and I regret nothing. I do see CPC A molds in my future, I love the big chips. I went from very cheap chips to royals, and from here I’m likely to go custom CPC A mold and make a set that can be an heirloom type set.
 

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