are American style clay chips?
That is the name given to the type of chips manufactured
in the United States starting in the late 1800s and continuing
So these chips are made of clay
Wrong and right! Originally they may have been 100% clay, but for the
last 75 years or so they have been a composition of materials
heavier and more durable than just pure clay.
How are clay chips made?
The real clay chips are compression molded under extreme
pressure and temperature. 10,000 lbs psi and 300F.
What about all these injection
molded chips that I see advertised as clay?
Beware, all injection molded chips are plastic. Some are
made with a clay like filler added, but they do not have
the same feel or handling of true clay chips.
Are clay chips unbreakable?
No they are not. Clay chips are tough and durable under
normal playing conditions, but rough handling can cause
damage. This is also true of plastic chips.
How long will clay chips last?
In a casino about 3 to 6 years. In home use, with good
care and the correct storage, they can last a lifetime.
What's the difference between
a printed center and hot stamped chip?
With a printed center custom chip, the printing is protected
by clear PVC vinyl and molded directly into the body of
the chip. Hot stamping applies gold foil directly to the
surface of the chip using heat and pressure.
How long do
real clay chips take to make?
As every part is hand made to order, it can take up to 2
months to make and assemble parts. Molds are
used in rotation depending on demand (measured by
paid orders) so the total delivery time can vary
from 2 to 4 months, although this can alter day by
How many do I have to order?
Because all real clay chips are made by a very labor
intensive process we require a minimum of 300 chips.
Within a 300 chip set you can have up to 3 unique
chips. In a 400 chip
set up to 4, and in a 500 up to 5 etc. Orders for 39mm
and 44mm chips cannot be combined. Minimum
order size for add-ons and re-orders will be
evaluated on a case by case basis and lowered if
What is it that makes clay chips
so popular after all these years?
Security The number
one reason. It is almost impossible
to duplicate a hand made clay
chip. The molds that make these
chips exist only at our factory
and the manufacturing process
is a closely guarded secret.
Handling Clay chips handle
more easily than plastic chips. They're not so slippery.
A big advantage to casinos.
Proven in thousands of casinos around the world for
the last 80 years.
Cost Still the least expensive
protected chip on the market today.
What are the correct terms to
use when ordering poker chips?
When ordering, please describe chips in the following way.
First Body or main color. Second Edge
spot amount and size. In the example below, 312 means 3
edge spots all 1/2" in size. Third Edge
spot colors. Fourth Description of
art work. Fifth Mold design.
The above chip would be described as follows:
Black 312 Dayglo Green, printed center (EC) made on the