The Background of Poker Chips

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Gaming chips have been manufactured from a wide selection of materials in an almost endless selection of styles since the birth of betting and the need to track winnings. The most familiar materials used at this time in the creation of modern poker chips are plastic, clay, and acrylic composite. Clay chips, the original of the bunch, have been manufactured in the US since the late 1800s.

Back in the 19th century, poker players appear to be using any tiny item with value you can imagine. Early poker enthusiasts occasionally used jagged gold pieces along with chips – primarily manufactured of wood and clay. By the 20th century, poker chip designs began to enjoy a bigger prominence, and the smooth edges of older chips gave way to chips with ridges to keep them neatly arranged with each other.

There is little or no doubt that poker has grown steadily in popularity ever since its beginnings in the 1800s. With the huge increase of web gambling and unique TV shows, public appeal in poker has accelerated a lot faster than ever before. Most folks are initially introduced to poker by television showssuch as Bravo’s "Celebrity Poker Showdown" or the Travel Channel’s "World Poker Tour," and most will compete in their initial hands on the web. Despite web poker’s rise, nothing competes with the feeling of holding heavy clay poker chips in your hands, throwing chips into the center of a poker table, or creating tall pilesstacks of chips after displaying a winning hand.

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