Necessity or Just Aesthetics?
Custom poker chips have been used by casinos not just to impress and show-off, but to protect their best interest and their business as well. To most gamblers who visit land based casinos, the customized poker chips are just designer chips especially made for that casino. Well, partly it is true, but there is definitely a purpose for it.
Casinos opt for customized poker chips because they are avoiding and protecting their establishments from counterfeiting gamblers or thieves. Usually the chips are made of amalgamated clay which makes them hard to reproduce. This actually makes the poker chips more expensive.
Casinos are generally trying hard to protect themselves against these counterfeiters because they can literally go bankrupt if the inevitable happens. Another way to further secure the already customized poker chips is to imprint the unique casino logo on the chips.
Casinos are doing these precautionary moves in order to protect their business and their money from being stashed by chip-counterfeiters. Chips are so small and handy, and they can be easily tucked in one's pocket without anybody noticing it. There are casinos that go further and take extreme actions in securing their chips.
Apart from the security, casinos also customize their poker chips to aesthetically enhance its appearance for added appeal. Casino visitors may sometimes be too observant and somehow poker chips add more excitement and enjoyment to their game. Personalized poker chips have also been taken to the next level. Poker players who have their own collection are opting to personalize their poker chips for added appeal and style. Personalized chips say something about its owner and his sense of style and status.
For a new collector, there are pieces that are quite inexpensive but durable and there are also extravagant pieces which are a bit expensive. There are a number of choices and designs that suite the taste of the poker fanatic.
For the more budget conscious poker chip collector, there are stickers that can be placed on store-bought poker chips. Others would design their own stickers by using their computers and graphic designs can be printed out using colored-ink on sticker paper. For the more internet savvy, there are poker chip supplies on the internet and all they have to do is order.
For a more custom feel on you poker chips, there are poker supply shops as well as online auctions that sell sets of 500 amalgamated clay chips at less than 30 cents per chip. The designing and customizing is up to the collector and there are many ways to do so. For the more upscale collector, brand new poker chips can be ordered with a customized label or hot stamping for around $2 each chip.
Whether for aesthetic or security reasons, customizing poker chips have been a fascination as well as a necessity for both gambler and casino. The most important thing is that customizing serves its purpose, whoever the owner is.