What do you like about poker chips? (13 Viewers)


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I was explaining to a friend today that I joined a forum dedicated to poker chips. This got us to thinking about what you all might love so much about poker chips. I know I scrubbed some Venetian chips and was utterly amazed with how much they seemed to glow after I got all the gunk off. I like the colors, cool inlay designs, and how the chips make me feel when I shuffle them.

What do you all like about poker chips? When did you start collecting them? How many chips are in your collection? Are you a chipaholic or just an enthusiast? lol

Any and all comments are appreciated!
To me they are little pieces of art. Like art, they can be displayed, but they can also be used to play the greatest game on earth. The many different options of brands, molds, colors and spots give almost infinite possibilities to match anyone’s taste.

To non-chippers my collection is nuts, but fairly modest by PCF standards:

What do you all like about poker chips?
It about collecting what you enjoy and like, I always get excited about getting new chips and handling them.

The best about the hobby is that everyone tastes is different, what one like or dislike can be very different from one another. There's no wrong and right way in collection for this hobby

When did you start collecting them?
About 2 years + ago, the collection had slowly grown over time and the taste had refined over the period as well

How many chips are in your collection?
I got about 8000++ chips at the moment, but I hit the 10k mark at my highest peak

Are you a chipaholic or just an enthusiast?
Yup, I am an addict for sure

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For me, chips live in this intersection of art, history, economy, and gaming. It’s the only physical representation of all those elements I can think of, besides maybe playing cards, themselves.

My passion for this hobby is fueled by both the history they represent (which is why I’m trying to collect at least one chip from every Colorado casino), and by the artistic expression they allow me to apply to my own home games.

Colorado has a history of being the “gateway to the West” or “where the West begins.” Either way, we were born of problematic pioneers, hard-hearted outlaws, cowboys, natives, gangsters, prospectors, and the families they made along the way. Some of them were winners, most of them were losers, but all of them were gamblers.

That’s why, to me, each casino that has come and gone represents a little piece of Colorado’s history, and Colorado’s adventuresome spirit.


I’ve always loved games. Video games, board games, card games, you name it. So poker was an opportunity to monetize my passion for gaming at a young age, since money is how you keep score. I learned how to play 5 card draw as a preteen, and my friends and I would bet candy, pennies, even comic books in our wacky, childish poker games.

I’m my late teenage years, I started playing mixed games with my uncle and his friends. Because of that, poker holds a specific nostalgia with me. As a teenager, it was a venue for me to learn what it meant to be a “man.” To banter with other men in a safe space, under the backdrop of a friendly game, was invaluable to my early development.

It taught me how to take calculated risks, how live within a framework of “rules,” while at the same time learning when and how to bend and break them in intentional ways. It taught me that sometimes, you can do everything exactly right, and still not win. And sometimes, you can screw up and still get rewarded. It taught me how to win and lose with dignity.

I recently heard Johnathan Little describe poker as one, lifelong game where we all get dealt basically the same cards. In that sense, each game I play is like a chapter in the larger story. Each session has its own themes, each hand is its own paragraph, every action is its own sentence, and everything from the room I play in, the cards I’m dealt, the table I sit at, and the chips in my stack, all contribute to the larger narrative.

Between my Colorado chip project, Super Poker World tournament set, and my two custom sets (cash and tourney), I only have around 2200 chips. A paltry sum in this forum. But each one is an extension of me, my history, my values, and what I hope to carry forward in the narrative of my life.


Now, the prOn:


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I'm an enthusiast. I have two paulson sets, CPC rounders set, one Tina set on order, and a few extra racks of odds and ends. I'm on the road so I only have a few pics to share.

My love for the game started before my love for the chips. It was a tradition to play cards a family gatherings. The day I was allowed to sit at my great grandparents table with my aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles, and play for quarters was an amazing day for me. Until then I was just watching and waiting. I think I was about 12 or 13 when I got a seat. At home I would buy cheap hoyle plastic chips from the super market for my own game with my brothers and friends. And over the years I would buy decks of cards any time I saw something different that wasn't super cheap quality. So I have something like 100 decks in my room. I'll do inventory soon and share the info.

Then I turned 18 and I was on a cruise ship. I got real chips in my hand. Each day of that week I would take my "bank roll" back to the stateroom and just handle the chips, excited to hit the casino again the next day. My great uncle taught me how to play 3 card poker, I spent time on the black jack table, there's a short story on both tables btw, and I had the best time making $100 into $200. When I left the ship I couldn't wait to play again, just to have some chips in my hand. I never thought about harvesting them. Didn't know that was a thing.

When I turned about 21 is when my brothers and friends pooled together and bought me a paulson home set. I had no idea real casino quality at home was a thing. So poker and chips have really been a thing for me my whole life. I only recently began expanding my clay chips, and I only own about 4k chips, so far. :)


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I’ve always been fascinated with poker chips. The first time I handled them was some beyond crappy chips playing Tripoli as a kid. But I loved them immediately because they represented winning. When I had a lot of them, I was winning big!
It’s no different now, except I’ve become a total snob about what I’ll own and what I’ll put on the table. I don’t know if I’m addicted. My post count would suggest an unhealthy interest. But despite my expensive tastes, I’m frugal as hell. So I won’t allow myself to own lots of expensive sets and I have no internest in the cheap ones.
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I like that they are works of art that represent units of currency in a convenient way to facilitate gaming. If they didn’t do that, I wouldn’t want them. At all.
I was going to try and come up with some cool way of saying this, but for me I think you said it pretty well.

I am for sure in the chipahaulic category as I am north of 20k chips at the moment. I started a ways back when online poker took off in the early 2000's and was involved in the CT days and several CT GB's. Had my collection to a somewhat reasonable & stable # like 4000 or so for quite some time until I stumbled on this place. I have been a poor steward of my bank account since that time....lol
I was explaining to a friend today that I joined a forum dedicated to poker chips. This got us to thinking about what you all might love so much about poker chips. I know I scrubbed some Venetian chips and was utterly amazed with how much they seemed to glow after I got all the gunk off. I like the colors, cool inlay designs, and how the chips make me feel when I shuffle them.

What do you all like about poker chips? When did you start collecting them? How many chips are in your collection? Are you a chipaholic or just an enthusiast? lol

Any and all comments are appreciated!
I joined on Mar21, 2019.

Really was starting up a new home game, and wanted some resources and information. I was lead here by the infamous poker table wizard, @T_Chan . He showed me Paulsons and directed me to this site. (Talk about hook, line, and sinker….lol!)

I took to this place right away. Expanded my .10 per chip budget to $20 per chip within a month, because I started buying Jack Detroit chips. (Which unbeknownst to me, went up for sale 2 days prior to me joining). Was a quite a shit storm of chip sales to join in. My wallet got sucked dry in a day. Within a month, I was having talks with my wife about WTF was happening.

I’ve been going on and on since then. I’ve managed to quit and walk away a few times, once for nearly 3 months, but I get sucked back in again. I’m never actually finished any one set I got.

I don’t know how many chips I got exactly. I’ve been buying and selling a lot lately, but I’m hovering around 10K chips or so. My sets are not as big as some of the other maniacs on here, but I have a few.

I’m definitely not a chipaholic. I’m an enthusiast with a strong interest to acquire everything but selective with what I buy because of well…budget restrictions. With an unlimited budget, I’d be a chipaholic. There are many on this site.
I enjoy a lot playing with chips much more than online. I love chips and think they are a piece of art. That's why a like to have a variety of different sets, but not much, they're really expensive.
I grew up a gamer (board, cards, tabletop, rpg, video). High quality gaming tokens have always enhanced that experience for me, and the ability to customize them enhanced the experience even more.

I could play a table top game with a piece of cardboard with a picture on it, or I could buy a figurine and paint it myself...way better. Same deal with chips...bicycle interlocking vs. Custom clays.

Customization and quality is the biggest part of it for me.
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They're works of art. Appreciation for the human effort behind crafting compression clay chips. The colors. The sound. The charm of every chip being unique with spot irregularities (for comp. clays). Gambling.
I am an avid gambler so I like anything chips/poker/gambling related and watching ganbling movies as a kid definitely helped in my dedication to losing money.

Also, smoking cigars and playing poker brings me greatest pleasure in my life besides my rottweiler.

Have a good day
Started playing NL in high school with some older guys I worked with at the golf course (very formative years), but I can remember liking to mess around with plastic Hoyle chips from the grocery story from a younger age. I can’t imagine where that impulse could’ve come from. My mother and her friends always played card games, but never poker.

The chips themselves appeal to me as pieces of art in addition to their practical uses. Old Vegas and old west imagery is wonderful, it’s hard for me to imagine how anyone couldn’t appreciate the chips as little art pieces.

Limit hold’em was the first game I played in a casino, and I can remember watching JCarver playing HORSE, 2-7, 8game, etc., on stream years ago, which really ignited my love for limit poker, and the “stacks and towers of checks I can’t even see over.” Obviously, rounders was also released in my formative years :ROFL: :ROFLMAO: .
I started young. Playing for dimes and quarters with my extended family. Then I bought cheap hoyle chips from the grocery store. When I hit 18 and gambled on a cruise ship it was a wrap. Casino quality chips or nothing. My Brothers and friends knew. They bought me paulson classics for my 25th birthday. They are like a time machine. Rake em in, stack em high. I love poker!!!!
What do I like about them?

The combinations of colors and spots:
- when stacked
- when splashed
- when racked

Plus, I like the utility of usable sets. I like handling the set, prepping starting stacks for tourneys, dragging the occasional pot, and coloring people up. I even like putting them away after the night is done.

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