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Eastside Games with Friends Message Board › MegaChips!


Beachwood, OH
Post #: 36
Mike B kindly asked about my nifty poker chips that we've been using in place of money in certain games (mainly Union Pacific). Using poker chips in board gaming may be a topic of general interest, and I'm delighted to share what I learned about poker chips during my search for an ideal set of gaming chips, so I reckoned I'd post to the Meetup site. I invite anyone else who has bought a set of poker chips they really like for board games to weigh in, as well.

I looked around the Net, mainly on BoardGameGeek, for a set of poker chips that would satisfy several criteria: they should have/be (1) at least five, and preferably more, colors/denominations; (2) no writing or printed denomination (so that denominations could be tailored to the game in play); (3) a color and edge spot scheme that makes every denomination easily recognizable from the edge as well as face-on; (4) available in the standard casino colors (white = 1; red = 5; green = 25; black = 100); (5) not too expensive; and (6) nice to look at. I looked at a couple dozen styles of chips, and came up with two finalists: the ProGen 80 Hi-Grade and NexGen Lucky Bee 8200 Series. The ProGens are lighter have a nice, chalky clay feel, but are considerably more expensive ($0.22 and up per chip), and the chips in the sample set I ordered had uneven coloration and an odd odor like sweatsocks. The Lucky Bees are heavier and rather slippery (they're "composite", i.e., plastic, instead of clay), but look much nicer. The seven colors of Lucky Bees are distinctive edge-on as well as face-on:

The cheapest places I found to buy a set of Lucky Bees are Poker Gaming Products ($0.13/chip, or $65 per 500) and American Gaming Supply ($0.12/chip, or $60 per 500). However, American Gaming Supply, like many other stores, seems to have run out of the white chips. One of the vendors told me that the Lucky Bees were discontinued, so if these chips be pleasin' to the eye, you may wish to ask around to make sure that all the colors are in stock.

If you're really picky about your poker chips, I recommend this thread on BoardGameGeek.
Beachwood, OH
Post #: 37
P.S. If you don't really care about having more than four denominations, and you aren't particular about how the chips look and feel, you can get a fairly decent set of poker chips much more cheaply. Discount warehouses and such places often have insane sales on cheapo poker chips: a typical price might be $30 for 500.
Jennifer H.
Group Organizer
Cleveland, OH
Post #: 139
Oh ;) Okay. Now my answer is yes. ;P
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