A chip (also known as a token, check, or check) is a gambling device used in casinos. They are often used in casinos to play games of chance like poker, blackjack, roulette, etc. It is similar in appearance to money but is thicker to place bets instead of placing money or gems directly for security reasons.

Gambling chips are made of metal, plastic, or hardened clay coated with metal. Depending on the different play styles, their values (visible in colors) can be far apart. Contrary to popular belief, there is no official weight for casino chips. The chips circulating in most Las Vegas are no more than 10 grams.

Although the first gambling venue was legalized in Venice in 1626, gambling chips did not appear for nearly two hundred years. From before the 19th century, poker players used many valuable small objects to exchange such as pieces of gold, bone, leather, paper, etc.

Many companies from the 1880s and 1930s make poker chips from clay. There are nearly 1,000 styles to choose from, most of which are white, red, blue, and yellow, but in theory can make any color you like. You can see these colors when you visit some online casinos.

The hobby of collecting gambling chips increased with the operation of the Casino Chips & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club, founded in 1988. Some chips cost up to $ 100,000 and often trade on eBay. Many casinos also produce their special deck of cards and chips for sale.

The form, color, texture and value of the chip varies by casino or casino group. The five most popular chip colors are: white, red, blue, green and black. In addition, in Europe also accept the standards of Bellagio. The number of chips needed for a poker game depends on the number of players at the table and the practice variations. Cards are usually sold in sets of 100 to 1000 pieces.