As fun as online poker is, there's still an innate sense of magic about poker chips – they hold more appeal and class than merely wagering with coins and notes. If you want to try a fun poker game and hold a classy poker evening, or wish to play the game without gambling real money, they're just the ticket. With that in mind, here are five ways to print your own poker chips.
1. Hand-made Chips – Feeling Artistic?
If you're in a rush for a game of poker but don't have any chips, you can resort to paper or cardboard, scissors and some marker pens to create coloured chips of different values, for example:
- Red: 5.00
- Green: 25.00
- Black: 100.00
- Purple: 500.00
- Orange: 1000.00
You'll save time and create perfectly round chips by using a large hole punch – these are usually available from specialist craft shops.
If you're looking to create something unique and artistic, then you can progress to making wooden chips. You'll need a circular hole saw drill bit – you can choose regular-sized for normal chips or go all out and opt for jumbo size. You'll find plenty of cool design ideas on Instagram and Youtube – including sticking a paper chip design onto the wooden chip and varnishing it to turn it into a sleek chip that will last for years. The downside is you need time, patience and artistic skill to create chips with that have a real 'wow factor' at the table.
2. Print Off Your Chips Online
A quick search on Google of 'print personalised poker chips' will give you a range of sites that will do just that – let you design poker tokens and label them with your own branding. You can imprint them with logos, words and number values, giving you the flexibility to create your idea of the coolest chips ever seen.
Naturally, the key question here is how much it’s going to set you back – will you have any readies left to wager when you invite your crew round for the actual kitchen table showdown? Well, the best bet is to have a whip-round, but realistically you can get high-quality, customised resin poker chips for around 50-99 pence each.
Some sites require you to order a minimum of 100-500 chips, but the chances are you'll want more than a handful if you're planning on some serious poker games. That said, custom poker chips can also make good gifts, key rings and novelty items, so you can also buy a small number, but may not get a discount.
3. Invest in a 3D Printer – The Tech Geek Option
The world of 3D printing is not quite at the point where everyone has one in their home – but there are still thousands of proud owners who are a step ahead of the crowd.
Investing in a printer like FlashForge Finder 3D Printer for around C$399.99 might be a little on the steep side just to make some poker chips, especially once the running cost and materials are added. However, if you're into tech and getting creative, then you may be able to magic up some amazing 3D poker chips and of course, be able to proudly know they're your own creation.
If you have a talent for it, you could even start selling them on ebay or set up a bespoke chip printing business for a bit of extra income. Mastering 3D printing can also let you print endless gadgets and interesting items, so if you're into grown up toys – you now know how to spend your online casino winnings.
4. Buy a Set of Chips – The Bluffer's Guide to 'Printing'
Making your own poker chips can be fun, especially if you get creative and personalise them. However, time is also money and the 'cheat option' is to buy yourself some poker chips off the Internet. It's true that some sets are very expensive, with special edition kits like Timothy Oulton Spectrum Poker Set costing over C$3,000 and coming complete with LED lighting and other cool features such as ice-cool crystalline poker chips (well, you'd hope so for the cost of a five-star holiday in Las Vegas).
However, fear not, because while you can spend a lot of money kitting out your kitchen table poker room, you can also get going with a legitimately low budget. Kits such as HOMCOM 500PSc Poker Chip Set cost around C$30.00 and there are plenty more like it on the Internet. The set contains two decks of cards, a dealer button, dice and a lockable metal case.
5. Play in a Casino – Print Chips by Winning Them
Making your own chips can be fun, but you can chase the chips by playing in online casino games, which during a good session, can occasionally feel like printing money.
Getting familiar with the chip designs used in both offline and online casinos will also give you more inspiration for designing your own chips – whether taking the time to create a stunning handmade set at home, or using a bespoke printing service on the web.