Whilst you can get away without a poker table top, the one thing you do need for a poker night at home or at a friend’s house is a poker chip set.
There are so many poker chip sets with different prices, different materials and different marketing from clay poker chip sets to professional clay poker chips to good quality poker chips.
So how do you decide to buy poker chips?
This article sets out the 6 best poker chips for sale and explains the best poker chip weight.
Professional Poker Chips Weight
Poker chips are integral equipment, since they represent the currency used in each bet. Some important considerations when picking out poker chips are material. All of the clay poker chips are made with a clay/composite material blend. The composite (plastic/pvc) material gives the chip its strength. With the help from our friends at Chiptalk & the Poker Chip Forum we designed what we feel is the best clay chip available next to Paulson chips. Several months went into choosing exciting colors, an elegant design, and a classy mold. The chips are solid clay and weigh around 10 grams. This is the staff choice as the best all around chip we sell! The Milano Poker Chips use clay and other materials to create a compression molded chip that will rival any casino chip! These chips were designed to have a regal and noble look, mimicking the trend of upscale poker rooms trying to create a palace like.
Professional poker chips really need to weigh 11.5g and above as you need heavier poker chips in order to shuffle well – those 9g plastic chips just won’t cut it! Learn how to shuffle poker chips below:
Poker Chip Sets UK
The top 3 poker chip sets in UK are:
1) 13.5 Gram 500 Piece Poker Chip Set by Redtooth Poker – £££
Stated on Amazon as ‘the UK’s #1 500 poker chip set’ it’s good to see it comes with heavier 13.5 gram poker chips which have clear numbers in the middle at home poker tournament useful denominations of 25-50-100-500-1000-5000. The 5,000 chip roll is great as allows for deepstack home poker games.
2) 300 Piece Poker Chip Set in Aluminium Case – ££
This is a decent quality 300 piece chip poker set with 11.5 gram chips plus two decks of playing cards as well as a dealer button, all contained in an aluminium hinged case.
3) Premier Poker Chips – £
Premier Poker Chips is a Cambridge based company with a large selection of poker chips from clay poker chips uk to a luxury poker set. You can get a sample pack of their super heavy 14g Crown Casino Royale Poker Chips which contains all 8 chips and are made from a clay composite material. Chips area said to have a ‘pleasing clunk when rifling’ which we can vouch for to the annoyance of colleagues near our desk!
Poker Chip Sets USA
1) Brybelly Ultimate 14-gram Heavyweight Poker Chips – $$$
This is a whopping great value 1000 chip set but is more on the expensive side due to excellent 14 Gram Heavy Weight Poker Chips which are Casino Grade Clay Composite. But just look at the chip tray box, it’s a thing of beauty.CHECK PRICE ON AMAZON NOW!
2) Brybelly Ultimate Poker Heavyweight Chip Set with Locking Aluminum – $$
This 500 chip set is lower priced but still comes with heavy 14-gram poker chips which are pressed with a top-quality, casino-grade clay composite that feels great to not only shuffle but also stack it high!
The chips come with laser-etched inlays catch the light to add some bling to your games!
3) Fat Cat 11.5 Gram Texas Hold ’em ‘Claytec’ Chip Set – $
On the budget end are these 11.5g acceptable 500 piece chip set that is marketed as ‘Claytec for a better feel but not actual clay. They are housed in a silver aluminum case and comes with two decks of playing cards plus not only a dealer button but also a big blind and little blind buttons.
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The age-old saying goes something like this: 'The guy who invented gambling was brilliant, but the guy who invented chips was a genius.'
The reason behind this saying is that chips remove from gambling the real world of money.
Gamblers tend to have very short memories. Once they purchase chips, they easily forget their real world value, making losses on the green felt seem relatively painless — at least until they go to cash out.
Home poker has largely embraced this concept.
Games that used to be played with silver change and paper money are now often played with the best poker chips.
If you're hosting a home game, you may well be considering the purchase of a cool poker chip set.
The best poker chip sets contain:
- A set of 500 poker chips
- Poker chips in three or four colors for different denominations
- A deal button
- A Big Blind button
- A Small Blind button
- Two decks of French cards
A poker chip set for home like this should be enough for your typical game of one to two tables.
Finding the best poker chips for your home games depends on your tastes and your budget.
Here's a summary of what's out there to help you find just the right chips for your game. To get a really good sense of all of your options, I suggest that you check out the online stores that specialize in poker supplies.It's Like a Home Game. But Online
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Cheap Poker Chips: Plastic Chips
At the very lowest end of the chip market are the very lightweight, 2 gram or so, thin plastic poker chips that many of us played with as kids or in high school and college.
They are typically sold in packs of 100, often in red, white, and blue.
These are the chips available for purchase in nearly every large pharmacy and in groceries, right in the same area as the packs of playing cards.
They'll run you $2.50 to $3.95 or so. If you look around you might find a really inexpensive version of them in the dollar stores — selling for $1.00.
You can buy plastic poker chips online, too. In these case, these are your best options:
- 100 Poker Chips by RINCO(Red and Blue)
- 600 Poker Chips by U.S. Toy Co.(Red, White, Blue)
These cheap plastic poker chips are fine in a pinch, or with young or inexperienced players who have never been to a public poker room or casino.
But they feel and sound so much cheaper than what you'll find in a casino or other public poker room, that they may be inadequate for your more serious players.
Imitation Clay Poker Chips
One step up, and what I first purchased back in the early '90s when I started playing in casinos around the United States, are solidly colored, imitation clay poker chips.
These poker chips for home games are made of heavy plastic weighing 8 grams a chip or so.
Cool imitation clay poker chips for home games are generally marketed as 'super diamond chips.'
They can be purchased online for between $.06 and $.10 per chip, and sell in 'sleeves' of 25 single color chips.
These are the best poker chips of this kind:
These imitation clay poker chips are perfectly adequate for your home game, especially if you are running multi-table tournaments and want to be able to afford a lot of chips for a relatively little amount of money.
Since they lack any striping, spotting or design, some players might not prefer them.
But I've used mine in large tournaments and in home games for 25 years and never had a complaint (at least not to my face).
Clay Composite Chips
Slightly more expensive, and by far the most common chips that are sold to poker players today, are the metal filled, clay composite chips, with a myriad of different designs, strips, and spots.
Clay poker chips are usually sold as part of chip set, including an inexpensive aluminium carrying case.
These can also be purchased in sleeves of 25 from some companies, but are more typically sold in units of 500 or 1,000 as part of a poker chip set for home games.
These clay composite chips come in a large range of prices.
The 500-chip sets, for example, can be purchased online for anywhere from $39 or so up to $300 (not including shipping), based on the quality, design, and weight of the chip. Each chip weighs anywhere from 11 to 14 grams.
If you are looking for the best poker chips and you want to top chip set for home games, pick one of these. You can't go wrong with any of them.
Professional Clay Poker Chips
I've noticed that at the very bottom of that price range, the clay composite chips tend to be of unacceptably poor quality.
I once purchased a 1,000-chip set for $90 and paid $45 to ship them (they're heavy, and shipping is generally expensive). The chips arrived with 20 red chips equaling the height of only 19 white chips.
They had many other defects in them as well.
I had to send them back for a refund — and got stuck with one way of the shipping.
If you are ordering these metal-filled chips, then, I recommend you order no cheaper chip than the ones selling for about $150 for 1,000.
Customized Ceramic Poker Chips
The next step up are the Ceramic poker chips that sell for about $.40-$.75 or so each.
Nevada Jacks is the most popular brand of these chips. These also come in sets of 500 or 1,000.
A nice poker set of the best home poker chips in ceramic is known for their brilliant colors and sharp detail.
These are the best poker chips to buy. They are not metal filled, and they don't make the metal clanging sound when they bump together.
Players rave about them.
The most expensive, regularly produced variety of chips are the casino-quality clay chips made by the Paulson company, typified by the Top Hat and Cane design.
These chips cost roughly $1.25 a chip, or from $1,100 to $1,400 for a set of 1,000.
If you want your home poker chips to be just like those in a casino and you don't mind paying for them, these are the ones for you.
The best ceramic poker chips for home games are:
- Brybelly 500 Count Nevada Jack Poker Set - 10 Gram Premium Casino Grade Ceramic Chips with Aluminum Case
There is another option to consider.
Some chip manufacturers will customize your chips with your own design.
These can come as a 'hot stamped' imprint, as a printed label that is permanently affixed to the chip, or in the case ceramic chips the design can be built into the chip itself.
Prices for this option vary widely, so shop around if this interests you. William hill slots review.
Poker Chip Cases
Keep in mind that you'll almost certainly want a case in which to store and transport your poker chip ser. There are a few options in this department as well.
The most common are these thin aluminium or vinyl attaché cases.
These are most frequently made with room for 500 chips, and a few extra spaces for cards. There are also chip cases that accommodate 250, 350, 750, and 1,000 chips.
They sell for between $20-$50 and can vary some in quality, though it's usually next to impossible to tell from the pictures which ones are more sturdily made. Look for reinforcements in the corners.
Also, the 1,000 capacity chip case, when filled with chips, will be too heavy for some to easily carry around.
You might be better off ordering two 500s instead. There is also, now, a 2,000-chip case that comes with wheels for easier transportation.
If you run tournaments or move your game from place to place, you might be tempted to get it, but I don't recommend it.
From everything I've read and heard, it is not built with sufficient sturdiness to survive much use. Tales of handles and wheels falling off upon first use are a legend.
There are a few other chip case options. One is a clear lucite chip case. It is built for 1,000 chips, stacked in chip racks of 100 each, and sells for about $50.
This is very useful if you run tournaments and want to easily have your chips organized for simple distribution to a large group of people.
Clay Poker Chips For Sale
It's also extremely sturdy, easy to stack, and doesn't dent, scratch, or otherwise deteriorate from regular use (unlike the aluminium and vinyl cases described above). It's what I use, and I recommend it highly.
Finally, for those who care about how your chip cases look, there are some very nice wooden storage boxes. They tend to be cube-shaped, come in a dark finish, and have shiny, small metal handles, one on each side of the box.
They aren't easy to carry, and so would be awkward and inappropriate if you transported your chips regularly.
But they do look nice sitting on a shelf. They sell for about $50 separately, but like all other chip cases, they are often included in the price of a chip set.
I would immediately rule out the very cheap plastic poker chips and the very cheapest of the metal filled chips.
Beyond that, however, I don't think there is really much of a difference in how your poker-playing guests will react to the chips.
I've played in home games with the best ceramic poker chips and with Paulson's. They were beautiful to behold.
But I noticed no one really seemed to care.
I've found that poker players are typically so completely engaged in how much they were up or down that the look of their chips was the last thing they cared about.
That being said, you might care about that, and might take great pride in having a truly beautiful set or chips that remind you of what you play with at the nearest casino.
One last item to consider — there are very few brick-and-mortar stores that sell a wide variety of poker chips (The Gambler's General Store in Las Vegas is a great exception).
Amazon, Target, Walmart and a few other retail chains may have boxed sets for sale, but the chips themselves will still be hidden.
That means for the most part, you'll probably be looking online at an image of a chip — not the real thing — when you contemplate a purchase.
For that reason, I recommend that before you buy a complete set of chips, especially an expensive one, that you either purchase or ask the company to send you for free some sample chips.
Catalogs, computer screens, and the like don't really do a chip justice. For that you'll need to see, hold, and use the chip itself.
Sure, it may cost you $5 or $10 to get a small sample set of chips from the manufacturer. But that's a much less costly option than ordering chips you don't want and having to return them.
About the Author
Ashley Adams has been playing poker for 50 years and writing about it since 2000. He is the author of hundreds of articles as well as Winning 7-Card Stud (Kensington 2003). He is also the host of poker radio show House of Cards. See www.houseofcardsradio.com for broadcast times, stations, and podcasts.
This article was originally written by Ashley Adams in August 2016. Last update: December 2019.
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