An inlay (also known as a sticker) poker chip is one where the image is not printed directly on the chip. The image is printed on a seperate substrate off the chip, laminated, cut, and hand affixed into the recessed center of a chip blank. The adhesive backing of the substrate allows the image to stay affixed into the chip.
You'll find inlay chips in many casino around the world, and the quality of the inlay chip has to do with the materials used in manufacturing.
One of the main concerns most people have is that these are just cheap stickers placed on the chip, that will easily scratch, peel off, and just look cheap. While you may find some of our competitors producing custom chips with these problems, we can tell you that our inlays (or stickers), use only the highest quality materials and print technology to ensure the inlays are casino grade.
The inlay base itself is an industrial strength adhesive backed vinyl, not paper. The images are printed on the vinyl base using a 1440 x 1440 DPI printer. After printing the images are laminated with a polycarbonate coating.
The lamination is really the most important part of a quality inlay, and polycarbonate is rock hard, and the most expensive lamination available. Polycarbonate gives the inlay the same type of feel as the chip itself, so it feels continuous to the chip.
Many other laminations, like thin vinyl laminations, appear glossy and cheap, and can not withstand years of play. The polycarbonate lamination is so strong that you can not even make an indentation into it with your fingernail.
For the chip itself, we use only blank poker chips with recessed centers. This allows the inlay to lay into the chip, not on the surface, so it's continuous with the surface of the chip and the edges are not exposed.
Last update: 04:31 PM Sunday, September 16, 2007