Tina Web Mold Chip Review! (1 Viewer)

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Here is my review of the Tina Web Mold poker chips from Broken Arrow Cardroom Supply and why I chose NOT to buy them.

Background:

First things first, I’m not an avid chip collector. I’m new to the hobby and new to the forum. I didn’t even know who Paulson was last year, and I’ve never held the well revered classic Paulson clay chips. What I am is a poker PLAYER. I play fairly regularly and was brought here because I want to set up a decent home game. The chip I know and love is the Paulson RHC. It is the chip that I’ve played with my entire adult life as it’s the chip all of the casinos around me use. The perfect chip for me is a chip that emulates the Paulson RHC chip as closely as possible.

Actual Review:

The Tina Web Mold chip is a high quality chip. I pretty much wrote off China clays after buying samples of Nevada Jacks and Nile Clubs as they had horrendous quality control. The Nevada Jacks and Nile Clubs were warped with endless spinners, had bad flashing, and were very slick. The Tina chips have none of those issues.

The Good:

The web mold design allows them to stack well. They probably stack better than actual Paulson RHCs. There’s also no “wobble”, by which I mean if you grab a stack of 10 and pinch the sides they compress on one side and fan out on the other (not sure if there’s an actual term for this). The weight is consistent on the chips when measured, though about half a gram lighter than I would like. There is flashing on the chips, but the flashing is a minuscule rounded dot and line that you have to actually look for. The flashing isn’t sharp and is not pronounced enough to count as a detriment.

The color and variety is amazing, you can get these in so many colors and designs, including custom designs, so no complaint there.

One of my concerns with the chip was the durability of the coloring. When I heard that these ceramics were white chips that were dyed I worried the chip color would rub away over time. Over the course of several weeks I would rub two chips together fairly hard while watching TV or a movie in the evenings. While this isn’t a perfect representation of normal chip wear I believe it is much harsher than what poker chips would see in a home game over several years. The chips held up very well with little to no discoloration. The labels are also durable. They’re a professional looking plastic coated style and didn’t come off when I tried picking at them.

For price these chips are in a decent spot. 50 to 60 cents a chip for the quality and various design options is a fine price.

The Bad:

With all those positives you may be wondering why I didn’t go with them, and there are two key reasons that I’ll expand on down below.

First, the chips are too hard. It may sound like a nitpick, but I don’t like the hard feeling of the chips. It gives them a fake feel that’s too off from the Paulson RHCs I know and love. The hardness also causes the chips to have a more plastic sounding shuffle that I don’t like.

Second, the edges are too sharp. The edges aren’t as sharp as some of the other ceramics I tried, but they’re sharp enough to make chip maneuvering and shuffling feel awkward. Given that the plastic is so hard I don’t expect the edges to wear down over time.

Final Thoughts:

That’s it! Those two small downsides were enough for me to go with Milano over Tina. As a player the hard feel and shuffleability were deal breakers for me. I do understand why most people will like the Tinas more, and in a lot of ways they are higher quality. The chips aren’t for me though.
 

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Nice write up and a great ad for what we always preach: get samples! You like what you like, no matter what others may think. Only way to find out what that is, is to try em out for yourself.

Personally, I like both the tina hybrids and china clays just fine, but would go with the former if I had to choose one of them
 
Nice write up and a great ad for what we always preach: get samples! You like what you like, no matter what others may think. Only way to find out what that is, is to try em out for yourself.

Personally, I like both the tina hybrids and china clays just fine, but would go with the former if I had to choose one of them
Agreed on the samples. I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with the Tinas.
 
I love the web molds, but for my next custom 43mm tribute, I'm going with the Greek Mold because 1) the greek mold looks like a hockey stick and I'm going to use the Carolina Hurricanes logo and 2) I like more chip less label/inlay. It's more like THC.
 
I’m happy that the review shows great durability of color printing, all ceramics are white blanks with dye sublimation printing, not just the Tina chips. I’ve had my Chipco chips for 16 years now. When I first got them I had around 5% of them where the printing flaked off the blank on the first couple shuffles. I reported this to the vendor, homepokerchips.com, and he had those chips remade. I got to keep the error chips, and colored them in with sharpies well enough that they are still in use today. Non of the remaining chips have had the flaking and I check them after they get played, upwards of 40 times with no further defects. But they too are white blanks, so this is nothing new.
 
Appreciate the review, everyone has different priorities and opinions so I love hearing all of the details!

You’ll find a decent amount of people here that don’t like RHCs all that much, though I’m not one of them. Just like you, it’s what I became familiar with in casinos from the time I started playing poker.

My main question is why are you looking for something that emulates Paulson RHCs instead of looking into sets of Paulson RHCs? The main assumption is price, which would be completely valid since it is a step up from Milano or Tina.

With some patience and persistence you can definitely find some great prices on RHC sets/racks in the classifieds, if that’s something you’ll be looking to obtain in the future.

Enjoy the new set of Milanos!
 
I appreciate this review. I’ve seen so many people hype the greek/web molds that it seems too good to be true. Glad to hear another perspective but as everyone says get samples and it’s all preference in the end.
 
I appreciate this review. I’ve seen so many people hype the greek/web molds that it seems too good to be true. Glad to hear another perspective but as everyone says get samples and it’s all preference in the end.
It’s a funny thing about ceramics - they can be polarizing here. Like that guy came up playing with RHCs in casinos, I played a lot of great tournaments in cardrooms that used ceramics. So I’ve always been good with ceramics, even though I’m a big clay fan. But a lot of people just don’t like ceramics, and I don’t blame them. Tastes are subjective.
 
My first experience with ceramic chips was 32 years ago at the Luxor in Vegas. I was there getting married and loved the different feel and look of them, brought some home as souvenirs and ordered my first custom set on Chipco blanks 16 or 17 years ago. While my tastes have since centered mostly on clay chips, I love the freedom Tina ceramics give me to design on an affordable custom canvas. In short, I’m addicted to chips no matter the kind. The latest molds, Greek Key and Web are excellent innovations and have established their place in the chip hierarchy. I welcome their existence.
 
Funny, all day I've been sitting in meetings I don't need to be in, shuffling my sample Sunset Beach web molds and thinking how easy they are to shuffle.
 
Funny, all day I've been sitting in meetings I don't need to be in, shuffling my sample Sunset Beach web molds and thinking how easy they are to shuffle.
Same I can't stop shuffling these.
The original web mold blanks I was sent were a bit rougher and bigger.


I keep shuffling these as I'm watching a movie or in a video meeting.
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Just got my sample and I agree that this chip doesn’t do it for me. The good is that it’s beautiful, stacks well, and sound is nice. The bad is that it has a slight bump on the sides for some of the chips. Looks like a bubble or some kind. Also, the feel of the chip reminds me of dice chips. It has a very plastic feel. I’m glad I got the sample.
 
Got my order of web molds and they look great! Granted, I don't fondle my chips all the time and worry much about how they sound, Got a nice set at a reasonable price and I didn't have to wait six months or more for them. All good!

I would say that if you have a design that needs the labels aligned, I would order blanks and labels separately and apply them myself. By and large the chips are fine, but some of them aren't aligned as well as I would like. They are quarter pies so the alignment is more noticeable than if they were just edge spots.
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