Your favorite chip feature?

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What do I like in a chip? The heavy, soft feel of real "clay" chips. The textured cross-hatching on brand new, minty chips. Bold edge-spots in complimentary colors and large inlays with clear graphics and easy to read denoms.
 

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Besides aesthetics (who doesn't like awesome colors and edge spot patterns?), the following are most important in no particular order:

-Mold: Clay chips on molds with an outer ring are more durable and less prone to flea bites

-Inlay texture: This is purely a preference. I like textured inlays rather than smooth.

-Size: Larger chips outside of the "standard" 39mm chips feel and shuffle differently

In the end, it comes down to personal preference.
And are aesthetically more pleasing.
 

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My favorites are chips from a place or with a subject with which I have a personal connection -- AC from growing up in Jersey, places I love where I've spent a lot of time (Paris, a few Caribbean islands), wine (Vineyards), etc.

Second is colors, and contrast between spots and body.

Third, no hot stamps need apply.
 

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Out of the ordinary for me.
Non -standard colors.
Non- typical casino locations.
Non- typical denominations(2000 chip).

Most importantly:
They get played!
 
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Hey everyone!

Happy to join the poker chip adventure! I have played poker for some time but only really payed attention to the chips and their quality after watching videos from Hobbyphilic and Chistopher M.'s videos. A big thanks to them for sharing their passion with such insight! As a first post, I'd like to know what your favorite chip feature is! What matters most to you? Is it transparency from the company that makes them? Its weight? The consistency in size/weight across denominations? Centering? Alignment? The diameter? Perhaps the denominations themselves? The way they stack on top of each other? The smooth edges? Or is it the colors?

Clearly, there is a lot to appreciate in poker chips! I would say my favorite chip feature is its clean edges. This can be seen with Paulson chips most notably: how they have straight shoulders and clean, smooth edges all round.

Looking forward to reading your preferences and learn from them!

Happy chipping!
Yes. :)
 

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The feel of a buttery/broken-in (though not bike tire) old school (ie leaded with textured inlay) shuffle stack... though I also enjoy staring at razor sharp edges. Beautiful colors that tie together in a set somehow. 3D14 edge spots. A story behind the chip/set. And that you can also love opposing things in this hobby.
 

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I love the soft, almost rubbery, feel of a real Paulson chip. No one has ever been able to reproduce that feel.
 

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First on the list for me is how they look. Not gonna try to specify what they need to look like; there's a lot of things I do like and a lot of things I don't. But the visual appearance is make-or-break for me; I'll put up with a lot of flaws for something I find attractive, and be flat-out uninterested in otherwise top-quality chips if they don't look right.

After that is feel, which encompasses a lot of things: weight, hardness, slipperiness, sharpness of edges, the specific sounds they make when hitting each other or when hitting the table (yes, sound for me is part of "feel"). Here's the thing, though: every chip feels different, often very different, and the way they feel is important... but I like the way all chips feel, with very few exceptions. I like some better than others, but in general, I just think that poker chips feel great and I'm happy to play with any of them, treasuring each for its own characteristics.

Slipperiness is very important to some people, but not so much to me. Yes, some chips are harder to stack and more awkward to handle because they are especially slippery, but I haven't yet found any that are so slick that they're impractical or unusable, or even unpleasant.

For compression-molded chips, the fact that the inlays are actually inlaid - i.e. compressed into the surface of plastic so that the inlay and chip are a seamless whole - matters a lot to me, which is bad news for me. It means that my tolerance for milled-and-relabeled chips is pretty low, which greatly limits the scope of possible customized chips I can get. :(

And finally, provenance matters to me. I like to know that there's something about the chips that makes them special, even if they're only special in my own eyes. That they aren't just objects, but rather objects that mean something, objects with an interesting story I could tell about them.
 

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I would say for me it's about 3 things.

1. Feel
2. Sound
3. Color/Design

I have a set of Modern Clay chips that I bought a while back. I really love the feel, sound and color of them, but they feel a tad bit lighter than your typical chip found at a casino. With that being said I can overlook the weight based on the other three criteria. They have held up very well and for the price they charged (the company is no longer around) I really couldn't ask for a better combination of quality vs. price.
 

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I personally love the colors, bright edge spots, different inlays. I like the ability to stack higher quality chips in neat and “sticky” stacks that don’t fall over easily. I will find myself betting $200 in red $5 chips and it’s embarrassing (and appears weak!!!) if the stacks fall over while pushing them in the center - lol!
 

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I 've posted before here but forgot to answer the OP's question:
Chips I have designed.
 

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Progressive edgespots across the denominations. Secondarily bright colors and good contrast between chip and spot are great also, but I seem to keep coming back to spot differences across the set when considering chips.
 
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