The History of Poker Chips

Casino chips have been made from a huge range of materials in an almost endless selection of variations since the creation of gambling and the need to track winnings. The most familiar materials used today in the creation of current poker chips are plastic, clay composite, and acrylic composite. Clay chips, the original of the group, have been made in the US since the late 1800s.

Back in the 19th century, poker enthusiasts appear to be using any tiny valuable item imaginable. Early poker players occasionally used rough gold pieces as well as chips – mainly made of wood and clay. By the 1900s, poker chip designs started to play a greater prominence, and the smooth edges of older chips gave way to chips with engraved slits to keep them neatly stacked together.

There is little doubt that poker has expanded constantly in appeal ever since its origin in the 1800s. With the huge advancement of online gaming and specialty TV shows, public appeal in poker has feed the fire a lot faster than ever before. Many folks are first introduced to poker by TV showslike Bravo’s "Celebrity Poker Showdown" or the Travel Channel’s "World Poker Tour," and most will participate in their initial hands on the net. Regardless of internet poker’s rise, nothing replaces the feeling of mixing heavy poker chips in your hands, throwing chips into the center of a casino table, or stacking high pilesstacks of chips after showing a winning hand.

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