Poker Chips- Design and Tips

Poker chips, or poker tokens, are used to keep track during gambling and replace money during the game. Even though poker chips are called clay chips, poker chip sets are not entirely made of clay. Sometimes clay is used as filler, but it is always mixed with some synthetic material for durability. Clay composite chip sets were popular in the early 1800s and today are rarely used mainly because they are more expensive and tend to break easily.

Today the most popular poker chip sets are made of plastic, clay composite, and acrylic. Since 1930s poker chip sets were decorated with metal foil for extra durability and security. Ten years later, poker chip sets were printed in the center and along the edges.

Since 1950s most casinos introduced their own designs and logos imprinted on the poker chip sets, and these chips became collectable items. To add extra security and prevent counterfeiting, casinos started to use unique blends and materials in their poker chips. Most often, it’s a top-secret blend of synthetic polymer acrylic composite, sometimes with added clay or kaolin.

All casinos have their own unique colorful designs or at least a logo on their poker chip sets. These sets are produced only by a few specially appointed companies in the US, and the designs are protected by copyright.

For home gambling metal core poker or plastic chip sets are used. The metal core ones are heavier, can be customized in design and color scheme, which adds that special casino feel to them. Plastic poker chip sets are more lightweight and can be damaged more easily. On the other hand, they are less expensive and can be bought anywhere in any quantity. Plastic poker chip sets are the best choice for beginners in gambling, or for people who play occasionally. When people become serious about poker and start playing regularly, they prefer to invest in metal core poker chip sets or even in composite clay poker chip sets.

Poker chip sets are widely available on the Internet. Most companies when you place an order send a sample chip. You can also collect a nice poker chip set if you buy one-dollar chips from casinos – these would be of much better quality than any chips you could buy in stores, plus, they are a great conversational piece! And you can always trade them back for money in the casino or even play with them.

If you decide to keep your casino poker chip set, you need to provide them with a good “home”. To keep your poker chips safe you need a poker chip case with lock and key where you would store your set during a poker session. Most often, you will get a complementary poker chip case when you place an order for a poker chip set. If you buy one separately, look for a case made of metal or hard wood, with a reliable lock and soft interior lining to protect chips and cards. Plastic or vinyl cases are easily damaged and do not provide enough protection for heavier poker chip sets.

When you are ready to buy your poker chip set, make sure you go for the best quality you can afford and that you order enough chips to accommodate the number of players you usually have. As a rule, you cannot have too many chips, but if you order not enough of them, you can easily add more. Store them in a reliable poker chip case and enjoy the game!

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Buying Chips For Online Gambling

How To Fund Your Internet Gambling Account

Buying chips and credits at online gambling web sites seems to become more difficult with each passing month. Legislative changes combine with policy changes at processing companies to create an environment that is constantly changing and sometimes difficult to keep track of.

The early days of online gambling offered few options for funding your casino or sportsbook account. Prior to the internet poker boom, most sites dealt primarily with credit card billing. A few casinos, mostly using the Microgaming software platform also used a platform by Surefire Commerce, which later became FirePay.

With few options, direct billing of credit cards remained the main option for years, despite the numerous headaches involved. The transactions were considered high risk by banks, so they carried stiff fees, and consumers would often dispute the charges if they did not win. A new alternative was desperately needed, and the PayPal electronic wallet soon stepped up to fill the void.

By the end of 2002, PayPal had been absorbed by online auction giant, eBay.com, and had ceased all internet gambling business. At this time a company called Neteller entered the market to provide an electronic wallet that catered to the online gambling industry. Although many others also entered this market over the next few years, Neteller remained the dominant force in the world of processing payments to and from online casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms.

In March 2007, Neteller bowed out of the market due to increasing legal pressure from the United States. That is to say that the company stopped processing transactions for the US and Canadian customers that make up the majority of internet gambling customers. Since most people utilized the services provided by Neteller, the move left many wondering exactly what options are still available to them. There are, of course, several methods that are still viable options for funding an internet gambling account.

Credit Cards – It seems that the industry has come full circle, as online gambling sites are once again recommending the use of Visa and Mastercard as the primary method for funding your online gambling account.

ePassporte – ePassporte is an electronic wallet that allows you to send and receive money anonymously to anywhere in the world. The system is based on a prepaid virtual Visa card that is reloadable. You can sign up for an account at epassporte.com

Click2Pay – While ePassporte handles a number of e-commerce industries, Click2Pay is an electronic wallet that was designed specifically for the online gambling industry. This gives Click2Pay an insight into the industry that puts them ahead of the curve when compared to other payment options. Sign up for an account today at click2pay.com

Check By Mail – Old fashioned checks and money orders are always welcomed. The only downside is that you wont have credits in your gambling account immediately, since it takes time for the check to be mailed to the online gambling establishment.

There are other options available for funding gambling accounts. New methods are being added all the time. For an updated list of available options, you can contact the online casino, sportsbook or poker room of your choice. They will be more than happy to tell you the best available option for buying credits to gamble with.

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