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  1. WSOP Tournament Chips

    I booked my trip to Las Vegas this week for the 48th annual World Series of Poker. I'll arrive on June 5th and stay 18 nights. I'm catching up on a few PFA podcasts and listened to one yesterday where Druff suggested that the WSOP should have more than 2 racks of tournament chips. These two items gave me the idea to write up a Rio/WSOP chip article.

    The first thing I did was to check the Nevada Gaming Control Board Gaming Commission website. Each month they publish the Chip and ...
  2. Casino Chips with a Coin Inside!

    Most of us have played with clay, plastic, or ceramic casino chips, but there's a fourth type of chip that is slowly being phased out of play. These chips have a metal disc, or coin, visible in the center of the chip. Known as Coin-In-Center, or CIC chips, these chips have simply become too expensive to produce, lack the array of colorful design options that today's casino chips do, weigh more than the average 11.5 gram chip, and do not offer the sophisticated security features such as RFID, micro-dot, ...
  3. The Rise and Fall of Ceramic Casino Chips

    For decades, the leader in casino chip manufacturing was Paulson. Their logo is the iconic "Hat & Cane". This logo can be found on the clay mold of many of their chips or within the inlay. Paulson is now part of the larger Gaming Partners International, or GPI for short, which also owns B&G and Bud Jones.

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    $1 Pioneer with H&C mold (left) and $1 TI with H&C logo on inlay (right)

    Gamblers and poker players alike ...