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It's OK. Try to buy clay chips instead!
on September 10, 2012
Amazon packed the case pretty well; they packed the Da Vinci box inside a bigger box of their own stuffed with wrapping paper. Weighed about 20 pounds total so it was bulky and hard to carry around.
Upon opening, the case was slightly dented (which I found odd because the case itself was Styrofoamed inside the Da Vinci box with nothing else on the outside. Must've been from when the case was made.
The case itself is cheap to offset costs I suppose. It holds the 20 pound chip set OK but I wouldn't be surprised if the plastic handle snapped off at some point because of the sheer weight it has to hold. I try to carry the case as reverently as possible to avoid such a fate, though I look goofy carrying it under my arm like a bag.
It also smells of glue whenever I open it. I'm trying to air it out right now.
It comes with a key that can actually lock the two hinges on either side of the case. Of course everything's made of cheapo thin metal. I don't know who would carry around the wafer-thin keys to lock a case of chips. In my opinion, if someone wanted to they could just bash the case open.
It is also gigantic. This thing is like a laptop and a half wide or like a 22" wide-screen monitor laid flat. It's super heavy so forget taking it anywhere unless you have a car or plan on hosting noisy (because of the metal inserts) games at your house. CLINK CLINK CLINK!
The chips are REALLY BIG (noticeably wider and thicker than usual) and HAVE METAL INSERTS in them. When you play with them they give off an off-putting sound the way loose change clinks around (instead of the nice even clay sound where the chips sound like "clack, clack"). It's very audible, even noisy. I can't imagine the racket 8 people all chip shuffling would make at a table (or at a house).
On another note, I'd like to confirm that they stack poorly. The chips have stickers on either side (with the values and all printed on them) which makes them unstable to stack high (the stickers are slightly slick).
The plastic wrap on the chips had dust trapped in them.
The number of chips they give is impressive. It can definitely make any game feel like a table at the WSOP. I don't recommend using the $5000 chips in games.
Those cards are cheapo ripoffs of BEE cards. They come in a soft, recycled cardboard box that I squished between my fingers. The cards themselves are this shiny gummy plastic and smell funny. I threw them away.
The buttons are nice.
One of my dice has an extra hole in it (a d7!)
They give you two black card-shaped things -- don't know what they're for.
Again, my advice would be either to buy from chipsandgames.com if you have the money or sticking with all-clay chips (even the 8-gram Bicycle ones are very good in comparison). If not, be prepared to receive mediocrity at half the price!