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January 12th, 2022 at 2:36:14 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Dallas
Casino: Texas Card House


Today's chip of the day is from Texas Card House in Dallas, Texas. Texas Card House is the only real brand amongst all the poker rooms across Texas. They currently have 4 locations. Houston did have 52 Social and 52 Social South but then they sold the original and the Shuffle brand just opened up their second location in Dallas with their first being in Austin but for the most part each room is a one off to the best of my knowledge. Texas Card House unlike yesterday's chip is legally allowed to operate. I don't fully understand what the difference is between the two since technically all gambling in Texas is breaking the law but TCH's business is less illegal I guess is a good way to put it. Obviously this is mostly based on the info I get from players and workers at the clubs.

I waited a little bit to get a seat on the 2/5 game but the game was pretty solid. I played for 3 hours and the group of guys were amusing as they were having a very lively discussion about Gamestop as this was right after the Gamestop short squeeze. I ended up a few hundred dollars and then headed out as I am pretty sure that was the day I met up with a local friend to go see a Rangers game at the new ballpark.

The chip is white with 5 large and 9 small blue edge inserts. I am very confused why the odd number of small edge inserts, I was expecting an even number when I started counting them and realized they came in pairs until they didn't. The centre inlay is white with a blue border. There are 4 blue suits and they are all attached to the blue border which is also the poker room logo. I love that the location and a mini logo are inside of the club, this was easily the nicest of the chips from the 3 Texas Card House locations that I visited. The poker room name and the denom are in the middle of the chip in blue.

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January 13th, 2022 at 12:32:11 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Houston
Casino: Lonestar


Today's chip of the day is from Lonestar Card House in Houston, Texas. Texas is already getting interesting because poker rooms close and open so frequently there that the chips get moved around and also it is hard to find much info online about the poker rooms. I visited this poker room in Houston, Texas but the chip guide has this chip listed as being from Conroe, Texas 45 minutes north of Houston. That version of the club is listed as opening and closing in 2017. I visited the Lonestar Poker Club (not card house) earlier this year. I visited this club twice, the first time they were closed but it's escaping me as to the reason. The second time I showed up they were about 45 minutes from starting a game of 5/10 limit Omaha Hi/Lo which I am not a pro at but I can still hang in there with a bunch of old guys who are even less skilled than I am. I played for a few hours to collect a chip and had a really good time as it is a small family run poker room with 3 tables. They provided a home cooked meal to the players but it looked less than appealing so I obtained. I wish I had known about the history of this poker chip because I would have asked the owner for the story behind the chips and the club they came from originally.

The chip is white with 8 grey edge inserts, 4 small and 4 large OR it is a grey chip with 8 white edge inserts, either could be true. The center inlay is a shiny blue/grey colour with the poker room name and the chip denom in silver. The 4 suits on playing cards are above the name.

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January 14th, 2022 at 1:21:33 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Houston
Casino: Star's


Today's chip of the day is from Star's Poker Club in Houston, Texas. I found out randomly while in Houston that this poker club called Star's that had shut down a year or two earlier was re-opening under new ownership on April 5. I wasn't able to find when the original Star's opened or closed but that is not uncommon with the poker market in Texas. Poker rooms in the bigger cities come and go every few months it seems as there are way too many rooms for them to all survive. I collected from 18 poker rooms in the general Houston area which is way too may even for a city of that size. I didn't go for any of the 10 am grand opening promotions as I like to sleep in more than I wanted a chance at the $100-$250 that they were offering the first table of players to show up.

I got there around 3 pm and there were 3 tables going. They waived my daily fee which I would say 30-40% of the rooms did when they found out I was visiting from Canada and at $5-$12 a poker room I probably saved almost $200.I bought chips at the cage and sat down at an open seat in a 1/3 game. I guess I should mention that Texas poker is slightly different than other places as they run a few styles of games. They sometimes but rarely offer straight holdem, the next and most popular I found is Holdem with a PLO bomb pot either every dealer change, every time the bomb pot button and the normal button reach the same player (around every 9 hands) or both. PLO bomb pots are when everyone antes $5 or whatever is agreed upon and then receives 4 cards to play PLO. The dealer then puts out 2 flops and then action starts as it does in a normal game after the flop. After betting is done the dealer puts a turn card for each board, another betting round and then a river to each board followed by one more betting round. Any remaining players table their hands and the pot is awarded to the winners of each board. So if one player wins one board and another wins the other board then the pot is chopped two ways. It gets messy when you have multiple people with the same hand on one of the boards but the dealers were good for the most part. Also if you have the best hand on both boards you just get the whole pot, I hope that made sense to non poker players. The third game offered is ROE or round of each where the table plays Holdem for orbit of the table (each player's button) and then PLO for an orbit and rinse and repeat. The fourth option is straight PLO and the last game that is offered is straight bomb pots meaning every hand is a bomb pot. The reason that people like and want to play bomb pots is because they create an insane amount of action. I even found one club that wouldn't allow us to play PLO bomb cause they didn't want their one table to break. I personally really enjoyed PLO and PLO bomb pots because although I am a better Holdem player than I am PLO the average player at these clubs were MUCH worse at PLO than they were at Holdem. One other thing I should mention about the clubs in Texas is that quite often drinks (non alcoholic) and small snacks were free. A few places offered them for very cheap.

Back to Star's I sat at the game where we were played Holdem with a bomb pot every orbit. The game was very friendly and as every game in Texas was, it was soft meaning the players were bad. Due to the legalities of poker in Texas all clubs are supposed to take a hourly rate from players not rake from the game as rake isn't legal but some of the clubs don't care and rake anyways. They do this because they make much more with rake and that is the only way for the small places to survive. The downside to this is that is how and why they get shutdown. Star's was taking a rake from each hand using the tip chips that were in play. The reason I am mentioning this is when I bought in they gave me 20 $1 tip chips to use for tip but also in the normal game. I was sad about this as I really didn't want to keep a tip chip as my collecting chip. Most clubs either had tip and normal chips or just let players tip using the normal chips, this was the only place I found that used the tip chips in game. Luckily when I sat down I noticed a few players had the odd white $1 chip which is an actual $1 chip meant for play. I was able to trade a player for his and that is the chip that kept.

This post got really long and I probably should have just made a post about Texas poker and the card rooms before I started posting the chip of the days. I already did it this way and I am too lazy to separate it so this is what you guys get lol. Hopefully it doesn't sound too rambly as it is 3:17 am and I am half asleep.

The chip is white with 4 dark blue triangles and 4 turquoise lines that go into the centre inlay. The centre inlay is grey with the casino name in turquoise, orange/yellow and then white in descending order. There are 5 yellow stars above the casino name and the denom is below it in black. One upside to them using tip chips in play is that the normal $1 chips were in pretty good condition due to lack of use.

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. — Amarillo Slim Preston
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January 14th, 2022 at 11:55:26 PM permalink
State: Texas
City: Houston
Casino: Paramount


Today's chip of the day is from Paramount Social Club in Houston, Texas. This was an interesting club in that they actually tried to be a social club not just a poker room although the poker obviously dominates. They have pinball machines, pool tables, arcade games and a place to play gin or chess as well. There were 20+ poker tables including the tournament tables. I got to the club during their big monthly tournament on the first Saturday of the month so I had to come back later that night when the cash games were actually running. I played a few hours of Holdem with bomb pots but the table never got filled so we continually played shorthanded which annoyed the other players.

The chip is baby blue with 8 edge inserts, 4 blue and 4 white. The centre inlay is blue with the logo dominating the space. The middle of logo looks like a bull head and the horns come together to make a spade. 4 playing cards with suits are coming out the side of the bull. The chip denom is baby blue on the skull, the club name is white and black under the logo. It says cash twice above the logo to differentiate between cash and tournament chips.

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January 15th, 2022 at 9:37:44 PM permalink
State: Texas
City: Houston
Casino: South Houston


Today's chip of the day is from the South Houston Poker Club in Houston, Texas. South Houston Poker Club opened in 2019 and is somehow still open. When I got to the club on Saturday at 2 they had no players even though they are supposed to have a game at noon. When I got there the owner was elbow deep into some crawfish outside talking to a player. I asked about the game and he said that it would start soon and that they had a bunch of players coming. The game didn't start for at least another hour but I was leaving Houston after the weekend and didn't want to chance not getting a chip. I pushed to start shorthanded as they clearly didn't have many players coming. We eventually got 3 players plus myself and started with 4 players. We got up to 6 or 7 players but it seemed like everyone only had one buy in so when they lost they left. I stayed for 2 hours and donated a couple hundred dollars to a terrible poker game but I got my chip so that's all that matters. I don't know how so many of these clubs survive when Saturday at 6 pm they have 4-5 players, the owner must be hemorrhaging money renting a space and filling it with 10 empty tables. Poker rooms are not cheap to start or to maintain but yet new ones keep popping up.

The chip is a white Chipco style with a black circle around the edge of the chip. The club name is around the centre inlay in black. The centre inlay is white with grey lines that look like sunshine to me. The club logo is the 4 suits with SOHO for SOuth HOuston.

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January 16th, 2022 at 10:19:14 PM permalink
State: Texas
City: Humble
Casino: Hangar


Today's chip of the day is from The Hangar Poker House in Humble, Texas. Hangar poker room is in Humble just north of Houston and has 5 poker tables. This was I think the only room in Texas that I played in more than once and I actually visited 3 times. As you guys know I prefer to collect $1 chips but when I went on Friday they were running only one game and it was 5/5 PLO. I sat down thinking I would get a $1 chip when they break chips for tips but this club made the players tip with actual bills. I played for one hour and took a $5 chip since they wouldn't give me a $1 chip. I left the room and figured if I had time after visiting other rooms the next day I would stop back and see if a 1/3 game was running so I could get a $1 chip. I came back the next night on Saturday to find the door locked, lights off and nobody around. I honestly thought that the club was shut down which is not uncommon in Texas. The next night I had some spare time and was in the general area of the poker room so I took one last shot at going. They were open like nothing happened and they were opening a 1/3 game!!! I was feeling a bit under the weather that night after eating at Pizza Hut (bad idea) but really wanted the $1 chip so I played for a hour and was able to exchange my $5 chip for a $1 chip out of my stack. The funny thing is that on Sunday they were now allowing players to tip with chips so if that was the case on the first night I could have just grabbed a $1 chip from the 5/5 game.

As far as the club goes there wasn't anything really different about it compared to others but the crowd was definitely a little bit rougher. I wasn't uncomfortable but I would say I was definitely more aware of my surroundings here vs other clubs. In reality I was probably just being silly as everyone seemed nice.

The chip is grey with 3 white rectangle edge inserts and 3 black triangle inserts. I'm not sure how long this chip was in play but it looks almost brand new. The centre inlay is grey with a propeller on maybe a casino chip?!? The casino name is white and the denom is white on black on both sides. The other side of the chip is almost the same except the inlay is white and the casino name is black. Also the denom is in in the middle of the propellers with with just a money sign where the denom is on the opposite side.



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January 17th, 2022 at 2:34:09 PM permalink
Are these Texas chips made differently than typical "clay" or ceramic casino chips? I played in some illegal rooms in Connecticut, and the chips were a soft-ish plastic. Not so soft that they bent, but I think you could poke/dig a hole with a metal nail without too much effort. I collected one for my collection, but there were a few rooms that used similar chips. Some of your posted Texas chips look like they might be similar.
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January 18th, 2022 at 12:06:08 AM permalink
No, all the ones that I have posted are casino quality chips. I have one chip that I will post eventually that is definitely lower quality but that is the only one I think. I did visit one club that was using a generic "dice" chip with nothing on them. I kept one but tossed it cause it was garbage with not even a denom on it.
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January 18th, 2022 at 12:28:09 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Cypress
Casino: Grinders


Today's chip of the day is from Grinders Poker Room in Cypress, Texas. Grinders is a 6 table room northwest of Houston that opened back in 2017. This club has my favourite chips of all the poker rooms that I visited in Texas but I will get to that later. When I got to this club the owner buzzed me in and seemed quite surprised that I had found them. I said I found them on google and was just there to kill a few hours. I never tell them I collect chips especially at the smaller clubs in case they aren't ok with me taking a chip, I don't want to start trouble. This is why some of the clubs find it weird when I make it so far away from the city "just looking for a game" when there are much closer clubs. Anyways the owner was very nice and told me they would be opening a second game soon if I wanted to wait. 20 minutes later they opened a 1/2 game and he put me on the list for the 2/5 game. I played for about 90 minutes with a bunch of old guys giving it away until a seat opened up in the juicy 2/5 game. The problem was that I took the whale's seat and the other big fish busted as I got there. The action was pretty much dead and half the table was trying to transfer to my original game. After the 2 hours I had paid for was I up I decided to cash out as the bigger game was dead at this point.

Now to the chips! Each of the chips has the front and back of their denomination of American Currency note. Obviously because in chips they use $25 chips not $20 like the bills they used the $20 still for the quarter chips. I couldn't get over how cool all of these chips looked and spent quite a bit of time taking pictures of them and chatting to a collector buddy of mine back home about the cool chips.

Front


Back


The chip that I kept was the $1 and it was even the colour of a $1 bill, not quite white. Not much to explain about the chip as it looks just like money. The chip is textured and has the poker room name at the bottom of the inlay.



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January 18th, 2022 at 11:03:48 PM permalink
Those chips are so cool. I wonder how high their chips go. McKinley purples? Cleveland yellows?
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