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Everything You Need for an Awesome Poker Party

SALVATORE APODACA - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Poker Chips on Gambling Table
Source: Pexels

We don’t need to tell you how great poker games are, as few events have the potential to be fiercely competitive and friendly at the same time. While laying down the cards and chips give you the opportunity to hone your gamesmanship, battle test your skills and win a few (or many!) bucks, it can also offer a seriously fun social occasion for you and your friends. But to host the perfect poker night with your buddies, you’ll first need to acquire some supplies.

A poker game is played with a single deck of cards, but if you have a sizable group coming over, you’ll need at least several card decks to serve multiple games simultaneously.

A playing card is a card is a card, right?  Well, not exactly. The quality and durability of playing cards vary widely, and it’s in your best interest to invest in some good decks.  

Old West Poker Supplies offers a great selection of 100% plastic and plastic-coated cards for your next poker party. Be sure to check out the Modiano WSOP 2015 Plastic Playing Cards set to get the same cards used at the WSOP event hosted by the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Speaking of playing cards, who wants to spend all that time awkwardly fumbling around with decks and shuffling cards by hand? After all, poker is about keeping your cool under pressure and tossing cards around is just obnoxious.

Leave the card shuffling to the magicians, and in this case, your magician is an electronic card shuffler. From two-deck to four-deck to six-deck card shufflers, Old West Poker Supplies has you covered with great prices on these devices that will make you the pit boss of your living room.

Of course, a proper poker game requires poker chips. Give your poker night that authentic casino feels with any of the beautifully designed 500-count 14-gram poker chip sets available on our website from top names like Ace and Black Diamond. Each set comes with a sturdy aluminum case for storing and transporting, or upgrade to a stunning mahogany case to create the ultimate poker display piece.

Sure, you can play poker at the kitchen table, but why compromise when Old West Poker Supplies offers a selection of finely crafted gaming tables? An authentic felt-top poker table is just one more way to impress your poker friends and bring the casino experience into your home. With everyone having a blast around the gaming table, the hard part becomes getting people to leave at the end of the night!

If you really want to go the extra mile for your poker guests, however, grab a trophy to award to the night’s big winner. A little cash is nice to have walking away from a poker party, but everyone loves the recognition of a trophy they can show off!

With the right supplies on hand, you can easily turn your poker nights into a first-class affair for friends and family from the comfort of your home. You’ll be the hero host, and your poker guests will rave about the experience for a long time to come. Now that’s a guaranteed ace up your sleeve!

2017 Vintage Casino Tournament Seating Sets Available now!!!

SALVATORE APODACA - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Some of the first and best casinos of early Las Vegas have long since been imploded, sold, built over and just plain forgotten. The nostalgia of those casinos and the famous and infamous characters and events that shaped Las Vegas are still alive though. Collectors, tourists and historians are often more interested in the days of the Rat Pack, the Mafia, Elvis, desegregation, Liberace and the young Wayne Newton.

This seating set group buy is an homage to four of those early and most iconic casinos. 

  • The Aladdin (red)
  • The Pioneer Club (green)
  • The Horseshoe Club (brown)
  • The Stardust (violet)


A tournament seating set allows you to fairly assign seats to players at gaming tables. Generally these are used for poker tournaments but they can actually be used for any gaming activity where you need to randomly seat players.

Each table has a marker - a 107mm rectangular plaque - with a casino name and its color scheme. A player can choose from a bag or you can lay all the chips face down at your check-in table. All the backs of all the seating chips are the same so players can't tell which table or seat each chip belongs to. And their choice is made in full view making the seating process fair and transparent.




Along with the seating chips and the table marker each set also includes a matching dealer button. No poker table is complete without a great dealer button.

Two more options include an 82mm High Hand oval plaque and 43mm Bounty chips. Check out those beauties! 

The group buy for this set was started over at the wonderful Poker Chip Forum. If you aren't already became a member go ahead and sign up and explore all the great discussions and debates to had.

You can order these great sets right here on Old West Poker Supplies only for a limited time. And we need your help in meeting the minimum order quantities on all the seating chips so please order before August 15th. You can monitor the progress of the group buy on the forum thread. 

If you have any questions or concerns that I haven't answered here or on the forum then please drop me a line  to oldwestps@gmail.com. Don't forget to order before August 15th and we'll be able to ship the final product in early September.

Thank you for your support!
Salvatore - Old West Poker Supplies



Gearing up for the 2017 Seating/Bounty Sets Group Buy

SALVATORE APODACA - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Every year we get requests for new seating/bounty combination sets for multiple table tournaments. We usually end up offering four tables worth of seating chips for ten players with a plaque and dealer button for each table. The group buy starts at the Poker Chip Forum and then is completed using our web site shopping cart for all customers.

You can find more information here...

The interest and design thread -

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/seating-and-bounty-sets-2017-interest-and-design-thread.21572/

The theme poll - 

https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/poll-1-seating-and-bounty-sets-2017-theme.21761/

Check out the current theme ideas:
  •  Vintage Vegas Casinos - ie. Stardust, Aladdin, Horseshoe, Hacienda
  •  Poker Royalty - King, Queen, Jack, Joker
  •  Compass Points - N, S, E, W
  •  Elements - Earth, Fire, Air, Water
  •  Seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Keep an eye on the blog for more information. Vote in the poll if you plan on purchasing a set.

Salvatore


The Official 2016 WSOP Copag Playing Cards Are Here!

SALVATORE APODACA - Sunday, May 07, 2017


(get Lace cards here) (get Main Event cards here)

With over 6700 entrants in 2016 the popularity of the World Series Of Poker doesn't seem to be waning one bit. And every year we get a new batch of the official cards to sell to the masses. They go pretty quick so you'll probably want to get your hands on them right away. You can put them into play while the 2017 WSOP begins or just keep them in their packaging like so many collectors out there.

Here's the official spiel from the manufacturer...

"Poker enthusiasts will love this 2016 World Series of Poker playing card set. Brand new, sealed and never used, this set is a must-have for any collector. These are the very same 100% plastic playing cards used by all World Series of Poker players who participated in the tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. The same cards Qui Nguyen used when he took home $8 million and the coveted bracelet last year."

And don't forget that Copag is still one of the best card manufacturers in the world. Manufactured in Brazil by Copag, these cards are made from Copag's proprietary 100% acetate plastic. Seasoned players know that Copag cards last longer, shuffle better, and deal so fluidly that you'll never want to play with another paper or vinyl card ever again.


Coming Soon! Venmo Checkout Support!

SALVATORE APODACA - Friday, May 05, 2017

I'm an old school PayPal user. Of course Old West Poker Supplies has been using PayPal for it's checkout services for since our company was founded in 2003. Now apparently all the rage is Venmo amongst "millennials". It seems to be a popular choice for that younger generation for making payments and exchanging money between friends. Well, if you happen to be a Venmo user you'll be able to use it to checkout using PayPal very soon.

"What is Venmo? Venmo is a popular social payments service that lets people make and share payments with their friends, family and approved businesses. Accepting Venmo payments can give you access to new buyers and provide marketing exposure for your business when Venmo users choose to share purchases through their Venmo social feed."

The big secret to most Venmo users is that PayPal owns the company. It became part of the PayPal family in 2013. This is all news to me as well. I mean it's really news to me because I quite literally just downloaded the Venmo app to my phone after reading the announcement from a PayPal email this morning.

"As part of our commitment to deliver payment innovations that give your customers more ways to pay, we’re pleased to announce a new feature of your PayPal account: Venmo users will soon be able to make mobile purchases through your PayPal checkout," according to PayPal.

I'm sure I'll be learning a lot more about Venmo soon. And I want to welcome everyone who uses that handy little app. I'm sure there will be some incentives rolled out to encourage Venmo users to make purchases through stores that accept PayPal. I guess we'll see soon.




Huge "Dealer Button Bazaar" Group Buy!

SALVATORE APODACA - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Huge "Dealer Button Bazaar" Group Buy! We're taking order now until May 17th. Order here.

Chocked full of old buttons that are out of print or have never been printed before, new buttons and buttons we've only offered on a limited basis.

Just so you understand that there is a community of people who have an obsession with poker chips. It's about the art and construction as much as it is about the game. Folks spend thousands of dollars on different sets of new and used poker chips from manufacturers as well as from real casinos that change their styles of poker chips often or close and auction them off.

Seriously, check out these button designs and you'll see an array of different designs for dealer buttons that are related to all kinds of real and fictional casinos as well as designs that were popular amongst those in the poker chip community - call them aficionados if you must. 

(From left to right, top to bottom) Casablanca Casino, Casino Aztar, Even Stevens, Garden City, Oak Tree, Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino, Casino Pointe After, Rounders, Terrible's, Casino de Isthmus and President Casino on the Admiral.

Dealer buttons are obviously a collector's passion in some circles. We like to match them to sets that people purchase over the years from actual casinos or group buys for chips that have formed over the years on poker chip forums including Chiptalk, Poker Chip Forum and Home Poker Tourney.

Below are a few more designs we also contributed to the group buy.

Of course the Top Hat & Cane buttons are for the many folks lucky enough to have the World TH&C poker chips that are no longer in print but were very popular for many years.

There have been no group buys for Stardust chips but we plan on releasing some replica chips in the near future for that iconic now closed casino.

There also a few more designs not shown here but below are the Atlantic Club buttons. And the interesting Iron Bank dealer buttons in homage to that great show on television I probably don't have to mention.

This group buy as mentioned above was started on Poker Chip Forum. You can follow the link. Or you can just purchase some of the buttons from our store for a limited time. The link to our Group Buy catalog is right here.

These are just some of the fun things us poker chip enthusiasts do to pass the time. Well, it's my job but you get the idea. It's a passion. 

Enjoy!
Salvatore


Old West Gunslinging Poker Players

SALVATORE APODACA - Friday, December 16, 2016
Old West Gunslinging Poker Players

There has always been a fascination with the Wild West. Popular television shows like Gunsmoke is where the famous quote “get outta Dodge” originated referring to villains to leave Dodge City, Kansas that became a household phrase in the 1960s and 70s. Actor John Wayne was the cowboy legend that stole the hearts of his audience on the silver screen and songs like Will Smith’s song Wild Wild West topped the billboard charts.

The Wild West also recognized as The Old West, is defined at the turn of the 19th century after the Civil War ended. This era was initially born between Texas and California eventually expanding all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Areas were sluggish along mining towns and desolate prairie settlements that were protected by local mountaineer. With the war over and plenty of discharged soldiers, an onslaught for corruption and crime erupted.

In smoky filled saloons liquor was overflowing and prostitution was prevalent. To pass time the likes of Wild Bill Hickock, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok would sit down with their backs to the wall and a loaded gun strapped to their hip played poker in between shootouts and “soiled doves” (term for prostitutes). It became a serious business for players who needed financial resources.

Wild West Card Games


A deck of cards in the Old West era were smaller and had only twenty cards: A-K-Q-J-10 in the four standard suits we are familiar with today. These poker games started by dealing out the entire deck to each player, and until draw poker swept across the West, there was no such thing as a draw. Hands were made up out of what cards you were dealt, rather than drawing towards a better hand.

Poker winning hand combinations were also unique too, with “full” akin to a full house and “triplets” related to the three of kind variety and the Royal Flush. But poker wasn’t the only popular card game during the Old West. These games were popular too:

Three Card Monte – Three cards are placed face-down and quickly switched around, and the player must identify the card with the queen. While some establishments might have run a fair game, the potential for sleight of hand on the part of the dealer has made Three Card Monte a popular con game in the modern era.

Faro – This was among one of the most favored and prolific games partially because it was so easy to learn. A single deck was in play as wagers were placed on one dealer's card and one player's card that was drawn from the deck. Any bets on the dealer’s hand went to the house and players card was paid  in even money. Another option was a “high card,” a wager that the player’s card would be of a higher than dealer’s.

Brag – This is card game has similarities to poker but is much older dating back to the 16th century. There are 3 cards per player in play with the strongest hand winning.

Legendary Hands

Dead Man’s Hand - Just in case you have conjured up thoughts of a dead man playing poker, it isn’t quite as morbid as all that but nonetheless it the kind of story that will live on for centuries to come. It began on August 2nd, 1876; Wild Bill Hickok (inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979) entered Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon No. 10 in the mining camp of Deadwood and sat down to a game of poker. He was notoriously known as the deadliest gunmen in Old West and always sat with his back against the wall keeping a watchful eye on everyone who entered. Today though was different, after trying to trade seats with another player without no success he had no choice but to sit with his back to the door.

Tensions rose when John “Jack” McCall, the brother Hickok killed walked into the saloon. Rumors suggest the real motive for shooting him was because he was angry over a loan for breakfast Hickok offered him the morning before. McCall snuck up behind Hickok and shot him in the back of the head and was killed right there on the spot. At the precise moment, he was shot Hickok held in his hand a pair of aces and a pair of eights all black. Thus, has been coined the “Dead Man’s Hand” by players holding it.

Poker Alice – Originating from England to Colorado in the in the 1860s she was a quick learner of poker after watching her mining engineering husband play in the gambling halls. When her spouse passed away she was confident enough to try her hand at poker for a way to make ends meet. She amassed a small fortune for that time period of $5,000 when she retired. There was nothing dainty about her after shooting two men and killing one. She moved to New York and opened a brothel and card room.

There are countless compelling poker stories and impressive characters that have been the interest of card game enthusiasts across the country and around the world.

The Wild West left behind a history filled legacy, that has transcended over time in a more civilized manner today. There are now several poker variations which have expanded greatly over the years.Gamblers now congregate at plush land based casinos far away from saloons and brothels.

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Poker Chip Forum Group Buys are Here!

SALVATORE APODACA - Friday, October 21, 2016

We are kicking off a new feature in our store. We are taking orders for limited edition group buys directly on our site. Hopefully this will work well for future group buys and we'll have a lot more.

Are you new to group buys? Group buys or "collective buys" are started usually by collectors and insiders who want to create and offer a limited edition product. We usually see them on the popular niche poker chip forums: PokerChipForum, ChipTalk and HomePokerTourney where poker chip collectors, poker players, hobbyists and professionals gather to talk everything poker and poker chips.

Often when ordering custom poker chip sets or other accessories like buttons or plaques the manufacturers will require minimum order quantities which are not reasonable for one person to order. So a collection of members will join together so they can meet those minimums and often get discounts on their purchases. The discount feature was exploited by the widely popular app Groupon. So this is a popular movement.

We have not offered group buys directly on our web site before but we hope that it will be a feature you all enjoy. 

You can view our current group buys here...

http://www.oldwestpokersupplies.com/shop/group-buys-limited-editions

And check out the beautiful image of our first official on-site group buy below:


CMYK Color Wheel Chips are Back in Stock Folks!

SALVATORE APODACA - Monday, October 10, 2016

That's right! CMYK Color Wheel Chips are Back in Stock!

Finally, right? We're sorry for the delay. It took us a while to get the new sets printed but we are good to go. The colors are fresh and ready to roll.

Salvatore


Price Increase on Custom/Stock Ceramic Chips

SALVATORE APODACA - Tuesday, August 09, 2016

UPDATE: Some changes were made to this document on August 12th.

It's unfortunate but change is inevitable. We were forced recently by the market to raise our prices and minimums on our custom and stock ceramic poker chips.

Hopefully the slightly higher prices won't scare you away.

Here are the new minimums for the different sized chips, plaques and buttons:

Ceramic Poker Chips – Minimums are 50 for each design or denomination
39 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Chips - 10 grams
43 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Chips - 12 grams
47 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Chips - 14 grams
Octagon 43.5 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Chips - 14 grams

Ceramic Dealer Buttons – Minimums are 5 for each design
2 Inch Custom Ceramic Dealer Buttons - 25 grams
60 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Buttons - 40 grams

Ceramic Plaques - Minimums are 10 for each design or denomination
68 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 40 grams
82 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 60 grams
85 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 40 grams
94 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 80 grams
107 mm Custom King Size Ceramic Poker Plaque - 100 grams

Oval Ceramic Plaques - Minimums are 10 for each design or denomination
Oval 68 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 40 grams
Oval 82 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 60 grams
Oval 94 mm Custom Ceramic Poker Plaque - 80 grams
Oval 107 mm Custom King Size Ceramic Poker Plaque - 100 grams

If you have more questions let us know by sending us an email to oldwestps@gmail.com.

Thanks for your patronage.
Salvatore



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