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Desert Heat

The Mirage Hotel and Casino imageThe Mirage Hotel and Casino
The Desert Inn Casino imageThe Desert Inn Casino
The Sahara Hotel and Casino imageThe Sahara Hotel and Casino

The Desert Heat poker chip looks like it belongs in Sin City itself. The Desert Heat is a fictitious hotel and casino that celebrates the heat of the desert and all the fun it promises to excited tourists. A name like the Desert Heat says to us: "Yea, we know it's hot and we love it!"

Many casinos around Las Vegas celebrate this same desert theme. Casinos such as the Mirage, Sahara, Dunes, Sands and the Desert Inn were staples of Las Vegas culture. These casinos knew how to celebrate the desert lifestyle. The Desert Heat Hotel could blend right into this mix of great casino properties.

The subject of the Desert Heat's inlay is four vivid colored palm trees. A Mayan sun is tucked away in the background to complete the sweltering desert design. The pink, yellow and blue palm trees remind us of a casual "fun in the sun" setting. The Desert Heat would surely be a great place to throw back an umbrella drink.

Although the Desert Heat is a fictitious casino, it will look and play like a real casino chip in your home game. The denominations are available in 25¢, 50¢, $1, $5, $10, $25,$50, $100, $500, $1000, $5000, $10,000. It doesn't matter if you are hosting a large poker tournament with hundreds of thousands in tournament chip value or if you are playing a 25¢ – 50¢ limit game. This poker set will surely heighten your gaming experience.

All Claysmith Gaming Desert Heat Poker Chips

Greek Key Mold

The mold that is used for the Desert Heat poker chip is the Greek Key mold. The Greek Key mold uses a pattern known as a meander. However, a meander is more commonly known as a "greek key", since the squares in the pattern look like an old fashioned key.

The history of casino chips could not be told without mentioning the small greek key and large Greek Key molds. Both were staples in early poker chip molding. The small Greek Key mold had a tight pattern and is most similar to our own Claysmith mold. The large key mold had a larger pattern that occupied much more of the surface than the small key mold.

The small Greek Key mold was used predominantly in early Las Vegas casinos. Casinos such as the Sahara, El Rancho, Fiesta Villa, and the Golden Nugget all relied upon the small Greek Key mold to forge some of their earliest poker chips.

The Sahara Poker ChipThe Sahara Poker Chip
The El Rancho Poker ChipThe El Rancho Poker Chip
The Fiesta Villa Poker ChipThe Fiesta Villa Poker Chip
The Golden Nugget Poker ChipThe Golden Nugget Poker Chip

The Large Key was a favorite among northern Nevada casinos. Casinos in Reno especially were attracted to the Large Key mold. Casinos such as the Pioneer Inn, Sahara Reno, Silver Spur, and Town Club are all examples of Reno casinos that used the Large Greek Key mold.

The Pioneer Inn Poker ChipThe Pioneer Inn Poker Chip
The Sahara Reno Poker ChipThe Sahara Reno Poker Chip
The Silver Spur Poker ChipThe Silver Spur Poker Chip
The Town Club Poker ChipThe Town Club Poker Chip

Our Claysmith mold uses a tight meander pattern in its layout just like the small Greek Key mold described above. This allows for superior texture and is not as overpowering as the large key design. The smaller mold markings enable the use of larger inlays for more in depth customization of the chip surface.

Claysmith Gaming Greek Key mold Poker Chip Black and WhiteGreek Key mold - Meander pattern allows for superior texture


The Desert Heat inlay was most influenced by the Mirage Casino chip. The Mirage utilizes vivid palm trees in an array of colors on their poker chip. The Mirage is known for its exciting gaming and this is the feeling we want our poker chip to display. The Desert Heat also employs vivid colored palm trees to establish our motif.

We also liked how this old Cactus Pete poker chip made prominent use of the sun. Although we use a smaller sun, both chips convey the warmth of the sun in conjunction with desert wildlife.

Desert Heat, Mirage and Cactus Pete Poker Chip Inlay ComparisonDesert Heat, Mirage and Cactus Pete Poker Chip Inlay Comparison

Edge Spots

The edge spot design on the Desert Heat poker chip is known as the twelve stripe. Our twelve stripe edge spots are similar to one of our favorite poker chips: the Mirage $100! The Mirage $100 is a black chip that pops with vibrant yellow and pink stripes.

The Twelve Stripe edge spot has been voted as our most popular edge spot. Twelve (12) thin distressed lines are displayed in four clusters around the poker chip. In each cluster, all three lines are a different color. The twelve stripe spot design also employs exceedingly vibrant colors as well.

Desert Heat and Mirage Poker Chip Edge Spots ComparisonDesert Heat and Mirage Poker Chip Edge Spots Comparison


Our Greek Key mold was inspired by a pre-existing mold known as the small Greek Key mold. We wanted to bring this historic mold back to the market. We think the Greek Key mold looks like historic Las Vegas and would add gravitas to our poker chip line.

The Greek Key mold is intricate and ornate by design. We aspired to have a mold that would add to the overall poker chip presentation without dominating the poker chip. A Chip like Barney's in Lake Tahoe displays the small Greek Key mold in similar fashion to our Desert Heat poker chip.

Desert Heat and Barney's at Lake Tahoe Poker Chip Mold ComparisonDesert Heat and Barney's at Lake Tahoe Poker Chip Mold Comparison
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