Gaming chips have been made from a varied selection of materials in an almost infinite variety of variations since the advent of betting and the need to track winnings. The most common materials used at present in the creation of new poker chips are plastic, clay composite, and acrylics. Clay chips, the original of the group, have been manufactured in America since the late 1800s.
Back in the 19th century, poker enthusiasts seemed to use any small valuable item you can imagine. Early poker players occasionally employed jagged gold pieces as well as chips – chiefly made of wood and clay. By the 1900s, poker chip designs began to enjoy a greater prominence, and the smooth sides of older chips gave way to chips with engraved slits to keep them neatly stacked together.
There is little or no debate that poker has grown constantly in universal appeal since its origin in the 19th century. With the huge growth of internet gaming and specialty TV shows, public appeal in poker has feed the fire more rapidly than ever before. Most folks are first introduced to poker by TV showslike "Celebrity Poker" or the Travel Channel’s "World Poker Tour," and many will wager on their 1st hands on the internet. Regardless of online poker’s rise, not much competes with the feeling of mixing weighty poker chips in your hands, throwing chips into the middle of a casino table, or creating tall pilesstacks of chips after showing a winning hand.