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Rounders Replica Ceramic Chips Pre-Order NOW!

SALVATORE APODACA - Sunday, August 02, 2015

"Rounders" is a classic of poker cinema in which the character "Teddy KGB" is a Russian gangster who runs an underground poker club. His house chips are branded with a bear in keeping with the Russian theme. The chips made for the film were originally a clay chip and have been replicated many times since the release of the film. We have finally decided to fashion our own version of the design except we went a step further and added high denomination plaques, a bounty button and a dealer button which I'm quite sure have never been offered before.

You can check them all out and pre-order them right here:

http://www.oldwestpokersupplies.com/shop/stock-ceramic-poker-chips/rounders-replicas

As stated in our previous announcement these chips are in the prototype stage which means the design may be tweaked very slightly but if you like the current design and are quite prepared to move forward we can customize a set for you right now. Just send us an email.

Here are the new additions to the set.

A couple of high denomination plaques for the big kids table...


And check out the new bounty and dealer buttons! I love these designs. They scream "red scare". lol.




Rounders Poker Chip Replica Pre-Release Announcement

SALVATORE APODACA - Friday, July 31, 2015

Hey there partners. Or should I say "привет" for you Russian speakers. Check it out. We've finally decided to offer our version of the poker chips used by Teddy KGB in the film "Rounders". That's right. Break out the Oreos. The replicas have originally been done a lot in the clay variety so this is not ground breaking or anything we just wanted to give ceramics fans a chance to have a set as well. Plus because they are ceramic they are fully customizable. If you want to change anything it's your call.

Pre-orders are available at the link below...

http://www.oldwestpokersupplies.com/shop/stock-ceramic-poker-chips/rounders-replicas

These are currently in the prototype phase but you should be able to pre-order them as soon as August 1st. Yes, that's tomorrow. So you can pre-order samples sets and full sets. Send us an email if you have any questions at all. You can also ask us to customize your own version of this famous poker chip design and get it printed before everyone else gets their hands on the stock version. But you're going to have to handle Worm on your own. Keep him away from these beauties. (Such a perfect name for that character by the way.)

We will also be releasing plaques in the square and oval versions, as well as a dealer button. We're going "all in" with this set. Was that too much? lol. I'll update with the links for the pre-orders as soon as they become available. Do svidanya!


Our Custom Poker Chip Gallery

SALVATORE APODACA - Sunday, July 26, 2015

A few weeks ago we debuted our Custom Poker Chip Gallery which displays a small percentage of the work we've done throughout the many years (12) we've been in business. Some of the work in the gallery is work that we actually designed for customers. We do a lot of design assistance completely free for our customers. 

We thought putting some of work into a gallery would showcase not only the work we do but would be a great way to highlight the fact that design for this specific genre is really overlooked. There are many artists in the poker chip design industry. These small works of art are admired and collected throughout the world.

So enjoy the gallery and the next time you're handling some poker chips at your nearest club or casino take a moment to admire the artwork on the chip. And if you're a customer who has had work done in the past or is having a set printed or maybe wants to get a set printed and you want your work highlighted in our gallery let us know by sending us an email.


CMYK Color Wheels for Poker Chip Design

SALVATORE APODACA - Saturday, June 13, 2015

These are CMYK color wheels that are printed on our printers because choosing color is a bear. (is that the right word?) This can be confusing for some folks. In fact it took me months to truly understand the differences between RGB and CMYK. I still learn more everyday. Color is one of the most difficult choices a designer makes. It's important because it is so subjective and personal and it really can be confusing. I'll try to explain it but it might get wordy, lol.

poker chips design tools

What's with the CMYK you ask? Well if you've ever tried to do your own artwork and have it printed anywhere you might have dealt with this. Whenever we design or create anything on a computer screen we are are seeing colors generated by lights that are red green and blue on a black field. That is your monitor. A black field with lights. If you see white it's all three colors added together. This color mode is called RGB and it's used for monitors and televisions screens and all of our smartphones and tablets, etc.


RGB Additive Color

 Now when we print something it is quite different. Have you ever printed something and said, "Well, that doesn't look right. That's not red. That's magenta." Maybe not in those words but you know what I mean. Well that's because your printers at home and especially most commercial printers use a CMYK color mode or palette for their printers. CMYK stands for Cyan (blues), Magenta (reds), Yellow(yellows) and blacK(blacks). If you view anything on paper you'll see a field of white with the inks printed for colors and then if you need white you leave it blank. And the brightness of that white paper or poker chip material is going dictate the brightness of your print job as well So you've got two really different ways that your eyes are going to view your design. On the computer it might look bright and vivid but when it goes to print it looks duller and it just doesn't pop like on your computer. With the use of light RGB has a very wide range of color possibilities whereas CMYK is limited to much fewer.


CMYK Subtractive Color

So how do you navigate these weird waters and come up with colors for your designs? Well like choosing paint for a house you have to use color swatches. Basically our CMYK Color Wheels are poker chip design swatches. This gives you a basic guideline or set of colors to choose from. The codes are printed directly on each color. You'll also get these on our standard 39mm chips so you'll have a sample of the chips as well. It figuratively kills two birds with one stone.

We began printing these this last year and we were using them mainly for our design purposes. I knew they would be a great option for customers but I kept putting off adding them to our web site because I was in the midst of redesigning the site. The minute I added them to the site the orders started pouring in and we were out of stock in no time.

So if you have placed an order and you're waiting to get your hands on these I am hoping we get some printed this weekend and have them out the door Monday. That's not a promise. It's a "hope". :) Please feel free to pre-order. We'll keep cranking these out. They're really useful.


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