The Background of Poker Chips

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Poker chips have been manufactured from a varied range of materials in an almost endless variety of variations since the advent of gambling and the requirement to track winnings. The most commonly used components employed at this time in the manufacture of modern poker chips are plastic, clay, and acrylics. Clay chips, the primary of the bunch, have been manufactured in the US since the late 19th century.

Back in the 1800s, poker enthusiasts seemed to use any tiny object with value imaginable. Early poker enthusiasts sometimes employed jagged gold pieces along with chips – normally manufactured of wood and clay. By the 1900s, poker chip designs started to employ a greater prominence, and the smooth sides of older chips gave way to chips with engraved slits to hold them neatly piled up together.

There is little doubt that poker has increased steadily in appeal since its origin in the 1800s. With the explosive growth of internet gaming and specialty TV shows, public appeal in poker has accelerated more rapidly than ever before. Most people are first introduced to poker by television showslike Bravo’s "Celebrity Poker Showdown" or "Poker After Dark," and many will gamble on their 1st hands online. Regardless of online poker’s rise, nothing competes with the feeling of shuffling weighty clay poker chips in your hand, tossing chips into the middle of a poker table, or creating high pilesstacks of chips after showing a victorious hand.

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