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Worth the money
on October 23, 2010
Update 2 Jan 2012 : Having used the set for about 40-50 home games, it is still in good condition. Both sets of playing cards had one card each go bad (tore, or developed a telling mark) - so I have discarded these. The case still seems sturdy. A random note for the chip riffle-shuffle enthusiast - The white chips shuffle the best, the others are a little sticky, and won't shuffle that good.
*** Original review follows ***
Just received my poker chip set. Although I haven't played with the chips yet, overall, I am very satisfied with the quality of the set on primary inspection. Here's a list of things that stood out. The chips feel nice, sturdy and "weighty". Picking up or sliding a stack of 10 of these chips gives you a good weighty feeling, something that low quality plastic poker chips lack. The colour of the chips is consistent, and I did not notice any gross manufacturing imperfections, except for the occasional "flash". Owing to their weight (11.5 g) and their good coefficient of friction, they stay put and don't slide when on top of each other, something you don't want when you are building tall stacks. 40-chip-high stacks seemed pretty stable and didn't wobble much. This implies that the surfaces of the chips don't have imperfections and that each chip is pretty flat, so stacking them doesn't result in building a 'slanting' stack. The colour distribution of chips is white and red : 150 each, blue : 100, green and black : 50 each. Since I haven't played a lot with these, can't comment about the distribution, but looks about right.
Other stuff that comes with the set : Playing cards - are OK - I personally prefer 100% plastic cards. These seem to be paper with plastic lamination, so they are not as bendy as plastic ones. I guess they are OK. The dealer and other buttons are good quality (esp the dealer button), although I don't care much for the buttons and the poker dice included.
The case : I liked the form factor of the case! Traditional suitcases tend to have a more 4:3 aspect ratio, but this one would tend towards "widescreen" aspect ratio. In my opinion, this gives it a sleek look. The quality and the finish of the case is good. (Case feels smooth when you glide your hand). The case and its handle look sturdy, though that remains to be seen after some use. The racks and velvet inside the case are of satisfcatory quality. The racks, are firm (no "soft spots"). The lid of the case has a thick sheet of foam that would make sure that the chips don't move around too much during transport. The case can be locked, although I don't care much for that aspect. There are two identical flimsy keys that can lock 2 locations on the lid.
Packaging : The whole thing arrived in a big "Amazon" box. The amazon box was easy to open, and contained another smaller cardboard box. There was the usual brown "dampening"(?) paper in the big box surrounding the smaller box. The smaller box was what actually contained the suitcase. On the opening the smaller box, the suitcase was firmly packed in between two styrofoam sheets, (similar to the packing you see when you buy a laptop or tv, except that the styrofoam surrounded the case completely.) I liked this aspect of the packing, because it ensured that the case would not be damaged during transport. Lot of other reviews of other chip sets complain of the occasional dinged case, leaving it to luck to receive an un-damaged case. In this case however, there is no chance that the case would get damaged during shipping.
Hope this review helps others!
Summary : A tad pricier than other popular sets on Amazon, but the quality of the case and chips justify the premium.