The Background of Poker Chips

Gaming chips have been manufactured from a varied range of materials in an almost endless selection of variations since the birth of gambling and the need to keep track of winnings. The most common materials employed at this time in the manufacture of current poker chips are plastic, clay composite, and acrylics. Clay chips, the original of the group, have been made in the US since the late 1800s.

Back in the 19th century, poker players seemed to use any tiny valuable item you can imagine. Early poker enthusiasts sometimes used jagged gold pieces as well as chips – primarily made of wood and clay. By the 20th century, poker chip designs began to play a bigger prominence, and the smooth sides of older chips were given up to chips with ridges to hold them neatly piled up together.

There is no doubt that poker has gotten bigger steadily in appeal ever since its beginnings in the 1800s. With the huge increase of web gambling and unique TV shows, community appeal in poker has accelerated more rapidly than ever before. Many people are first introduced to poker by TV showslike Bravo’s "Celebrity Poker Showdown" or the Travel Channel’s "World Poker Tour," and many will play their 1st hands on the net. Despite internet poker’s rise, nothing competes with the feeling of holding heavy poker chips in your hand, throwing chips into the center of a poker table, or stacking tall pilesstacks of chips after showing a victorious hand.

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