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Clay Chips

Updated 7/10/2009:  As of today we have updated this page as we are receiving numerous requests for replacements that have no influence on the ability of our clay chips to perform their intended function. All of our chips are marketed as counters for Poker and other games. We do not offer collectible chips or chips as pieces of art. Our replacement policy is in line with policies all chip manufacturers offer to casinos. Variances will occur and should be expected as part of any clay chip purchase



Clay chips by definition are compression molded Casino chips. Each chip is individually  assembled by a real person (click here for a quick overview) and pressed at up to 10,000 pounds pressure and 300˚ heat. As such, each chip is a little different as inlays will not be in the exact same position or roundness, side spots can look different, diameter may vary slightly and specks of "clay" can appear in different places on the chip. These characteristics give clay chips a unique appearance and flavor. All of these characteristics are to be expected in a clay chip and considered as manufacturing variations and NOT defects. Clay chips offer a level of uniqueness and security that no other chip in any medium can offer. They can not be copied as easily as ceramic or plastic extruded chips may be. The tooling to copy clay chips is not available to purchase, making clay chips #1 in security.

Holdem Poker Chips sells all our Casino chips as gaming pieces only. We are not in the business of selling collectible chips. While some of our chips may become collectible due to market forces, we sell all our chips as "gaming tokens" only.

To help identify conditions that are considered defects and which are considered acceptable variations we have added some scans and photos of chips below. The top group shows what conditions we will replace chips, and the bottom group show several of the most common acceptable production variations that are considered normal and not replaceable under the defect policy.

Re "Spinners": "Spinners" as it relates to Casino Chips is a production variance caused by the center on one side of the chip being slightly raised to the point that when placed on a hard top table the chip will spin several rotations similar to a top. This is where the term "Spinners" originated from. Every clay chip manufactured today is susceptible to having "Spinners". Some occur very rarely, and some as much as 2-3% of a manufacturing run. Holdem Poker Chips considers these manufacturing variations acceptable in clay chips and does not offer returns or exchanges for these chips

Re "Warping": "Warping", similar to "Spinners", is a chip that does not lay perfectly flat when placed on a hard surface or in a stack on top of another chip. In every case compression molded chips are made to exacting enough tolerances to stack 20-30 high without issues. The ability to stack these chips any higher should not be expected. While you as a client may expect clay chips to be manufactured to tolerances that computer controlled injection molded chips are, the manufacturers and us as a vendor do not consider this as a defective, but an acceptable production variance. We never replace/refund chips for warping issues.

Re "Colors over Multiple Lots": At times a clay chip may distinguish different color tones from lot to lot. This may occur due to conditions at the time the batch was mixed or be due to changes in the mixture or pigment used to create the color. When we order and receive orders from our manufacturers all the chips are a color match within each color. But a reorder 1 year later MAY NOT match the exact same tone. It is not to be expected in every case that a 2006 chip will match a 2008 chip. In these cases we try to inform in our item description of this possibility but it is not always available. If this possibility is or concern, we advise you to evaluate your needs now and the possibility of future expansion before making your purchase. At the time of your purchase we do insure that all chips are uniform in color appearance.

Casino chips in general are uniform appearing gaming tokens (or checks) used to account for, in a "cash game", the amount of money a player has, and in a tournament games a scoring tool to keep track of a players position in the game relative to other players. Compression molded chips, are not intended to be precisely "minted" objects or works of art where every chip is manufactured to exacting tolerances and with exactly the same in look, feel, sound and stack ability.

The manufacturers of clay chips determine themselves what the tolerances their chips are made to, and as a vendor, and ultimately you as an end user have to accept these variances or make other choices. If you are considering a clay chip set and can not live with some of the variations listed above or shown in the second group you might re-evaluate your choices, as all clay sets experience these characteristics to some extent, and are part of the unique beauty of a clay Casino chip set.

Samples of Chips that are considered replaceable

Chips with cracks or pieces chipped off Chips with cracks or pieces chipped off Chips with incorrect inlays, this one s/b a $25 chip
Inlays with markings Chips with scuffing Chips that have the inlay placed outside the expected inlay area

Note: If you oil or "prepare" your chips in any fashion they are NOT returnable

Samples of Chips that are considered acceptable production variances

Chips that have miss placed color spots that match the colors already present on the chip Chips that have miss placed color spots that match the colors already present on the chip Chips that have miss placed color spots that match the colors already present on the chip
Inlays not placed perfectly centered on the chip, but still within the expected inlay area Inlays not placed perfectly centered on the chip, but still within the expected inlay area Inlays not placed perfectly centered on the chip, but still within the expected inlay area
 
Inlays that are not perfectly round and/or centered   Inlays that are not perfectly round and/or centered
Note: If you oil or "prepare" your chips in any fashion they are NOT returnable