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The Recorded History of Poker Chips

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Poker chips have been made from a huge range of materials in an almost infinite variety of variations since the creation of betting and the requirement to keep an eye on winnings. The most common materials used today in the manufacture of modern poker chips are plastic, clay, and acrylic composite. Clay chips, the primary of the group, have been made in the US since the late 19th century.

Back in the 19th century, poker players seemed to use any tiny valuable item you can imagine. Early poker players at times employed jagged gold pieces as well as chips – mainly made of wood and clay. By the 1900s, poker chip designs started to play a bigger prominence, and the smooth sides of older chips gave way to chips with ridges to keep them neatly piled up with each other.

There is little or no debate that poker has increased steadily in appeal ever since its origin in the 1800s. With the explosive increase of internet gambling and unique television shows, community appeal in poker has accelerated more rapidly than ever before. Most folks are initially introduced to poker by TV showssuch as Bravo’s "Celebrity Poker Showdown" or "Poker After Dark," and most will participate in their first hands on the internet. Regardless of net poker’s growth, not much replaces the feeling of shuffling weighty clay poker chips in your hand, throwing chips into the center of a poker table, or creating tall pilesstacks of chips after showing a victorious hand.

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