April 30, 2007

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April 25, 2007

How to Be a Good Poker Host: Part 1-- The Playing Space

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The time has come to take some time out and give some respect to the unsung heroes of poker nights, the hosts! These poor folks put in much time, energy, and sometimes money, in order for YOU to have an excellent time at whatever poker event you're playing.

How are we going to show our respect? Simple. We're going to show you how YOU can host this time!

This is the first in a multi-part series on how you can be the host of your next poker get together, and do it in top notch fashion. Read on to learn all you need to know about being a good poker host. Today's topic: The Playing Space. See you after the jump.

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April 23, 2007

Vegas Poker Chips

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This morning, we come across an interesting set of Vegas Poker Chips from Pokershopping.com.

A beautiful and deluxe 50pc "Las Vegas" design clay poker chip set. These Premium clay poker chips are 9 grams in weight and have a larger inlay than the usual Las Vegas design. The chips are very durable and are made of the highest quality clay composite material. You will love the touch and feel of these 39 mm diameter casino size poker chips!

Each chip has a printed value and the chips are provided in 7 different colors with the following values:

* White (used as $1)
* Red (used as $5)
* Blue (used as $10)
* Green (used as $25)
* Black (used as $100)
* Purple (used as $500)
* Orange (used as $1000)


Overall these are pretty cool and retro looking. We like the Vegas feel, without being too specific to any one vegas locale. They aren't 11g, and so they are going to feel a little light, but they are a decent little set to toss in a bag for your summer toolin' around!

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April 18, 2007

How to Get Into the World Series of Poker: Trade Your Way In!

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We came across an interesting story today about a writer for one of our favorite poker and gambling news sites, the Casino City Times. It seems that one of their staff is attempting to trade his way up from a sixty cent winning at an online poker tournament all the way to a seat at the World Series of Poker.

Here is Aaron's story:

Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at PKR.com. I planned on playing until I lost it all, but PKR.com decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA.


This reminds us of an Internet phenomenon called One Red Paperclip, where a very clever guy named Kyle MacDonald managed to make a series of trades starting with one red paperclip, and ending up with a HOUSE!

Aaron currently has made a trade for the sixty cents for 500 novelty poker chips from GoldenPalace.com, and he managed to trade those for a basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers.

It sounds like Aaron is being smart, and is definitely well on his way to getting that seat!

We will be watching his progress, and rooting him on!

Follow Aaron's Trading Quest over at his website: Sixty Cent Main Event

Read more about Aaron and his stories over at the Casino City Times

Finally Learn more about the World Series of Poker at their Official Site

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April 10, 2007

Poker Chips: An Artisitic Look At Some Flickr Images

And now, we'd like to take a moment, and just peruse some beautiful images that can be seen on Flickr, of some awesome looking chips. Note that all images are copyright their respective owners.

Bellagio PokerChip

Red Poker Chip

Poker Chip Tower 2

Poker Chips


Wow. Those are great. And theres plenty more poker-chip porn to be had deep within Flickr. Just follow the link and search on Poker Chip and then be amazed at the talent of chip photographers everywhere.

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April 9, 2007

Being a Dealer, and Looking the Part

Poker Night is comign around again, and this week you feel like doing something extra cool for your gang. We have got just the plan for you: Why not offer to be the Dealer for the night? You can take a break from mercilessly crushing your friends and family and taking all their chips....and you can take their chips with their thanks!

Step 1: Convince your friends to let you deal. Surely they wont refuse when you offer to take no rake, and only accept tips!
Step 2: Look the part.

Here's where we can help point you to all you need to be a professional looking dealer: Kardwell International

These guys supply some great casino gear both the cheap stuff, and semi-professional, but for our purposes here, they offer some sweet dealer swag, including:

The Apron
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Perfect for holding all those tips!


The Visor
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Keep the glare of angry floppers out of your eyes!


The Tie

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Available in Split, or Bow Style


Arm Bands

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We have no idea what these are even for, but they certainly fit the part.

So what are you waiting for! Head over to Kardwell and spice up that next poker night. If you perform well, you may even make more as a dealer, than you do as a player!

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April 5, 2007

Chip Tricks Demonstrated on You Tube

These tricks speak for themselves. Sadly here at Just the Chips, the only trick we know how to do, is how to make them dissappear.


Rich Fergusun (relation to Jesus?)


Tricks by 21ace

A German Chip Trick DVD Trailer

Theres Even Virtual Chip Tricks

Also, dont miss this user's entire array of chip tricks!

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April 2, 2007

PC Poker Gaming: World Championship Poker 2

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Poker is a fickle mistress. You can win or lose, and sometimes, no matter how skilled you are, you can end up with some poor luck, and that can cost you a boatload.

Well for those of you who have just been burned one too many times, we have the surest bet around. Poker on your PC (or video game console of choice).

Now, this game is no spring chicken, its naerly 2 years old. So don't think that the graphics will be flashy, or that the social references will be current. What this game is though, is some solid poker.

Gamespot still ranks it among the highest review given to a poker game, and this is in a category with A LOT of bombs.

Here's a little of what they thought:

The Good: Smart artificial intelligence that plays any of the available poker variations quite well; 14 poker variations; fairly realistic character models and reaction animations; upgrade points give some intriguing boosts to your game; online across all platforms.

The Bad: Bluffing minigame is an interesting but flawed concept; commentary and soundtrack aren't particularly listenable; character-customization feature is weaker than in last year's game; psp version is more expensive than the rest, despite not offering any differing content.


Isn't it a quaint thought to remember back to last year, when a game like World Championship Poker could provide a fairly unassuming but playable game of console poker, and could be good simply by virtue of the fact that there weren't 12 billion other poker games available on the market? Yeah, well, those days are over. Marginal poker games are the new World War II first-person shooters, and you can't walk past a bargain bin in a game store without tripping over the spillage of middling card games for various platforms. But even with all that said, that doesn't mean that a poker game can't still deliver the goods when done right--it's just not done very often. World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer does just that. Despite a changing of the guard for the franchise to developer Point of View, the game bearing the Professor of Poker's name manages to improve in a number of key areas over its predecessor, not the least of which is in the realm of artificial intelligence. It's still got some presentational hurdles that you'll need to overcome to truly appreciate it, but in a year in which poker games became the most groanworthy trend in the industry, World Championship Poker 2 stands out as a diamond in the rough--if only comparatively.

So there it is, go read the rest of the review , and pick up this game so that you can practice your strategies, hone your odds calculating skills, and do it all for one low price, instead of countless big losses.

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