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The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino imageThe Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino
The Gold Strike Hotel and Casino imageThe Gold Strike Hotel and Casino
The Gold Dust Hotel and Casino imageThe Gold Dust Hotel and Casino

The Gold Rush poker chip looks and feels like old Las Vegas. The center depicts a gold nugget as the inlay’s subject. The nugget is encircled by a wood grain wheel. A golden circle with black diamonds frames the centerpiece. The denomination is printed on the left and right sides of the inlay. The denominations are also presented inside the golden circle on colored swatches. The denomination is spelled out above and below the center piece wheel.

The gold rush motif is similar to many historic casinos around Nevada and other cities in the western United States. Some famous gold themed casinos are the Golden Nugget, Gold Coast, Gold Club, Gold Strike, and the Gold Dust.

Gold and Golden themes have always worked well when developing a casino image. Gold is a symbol of riches, treasure and wealth. It also conveys a feeling of the wild west and of the ‘49ers that moved west to mine gold ore. Gold is a symbol of elegance and plush surroundings. Gold heightens a gaming experience.

Although the Gold Rush 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.

Claysmith Gaming Gold Rush Poker Chips

Greek Key Mold

The Mold that is used for the Gold Rush 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 inlay design of the Gold Rush poker chip was primarily inspired by a 1st edition Ellis Island poker chip that caught our attention. The design and logo of the 1st edition Ellis Island chip were aesthetically interesting. Our goal with the Gold Rush Inlay was to replicate the same balanced circular presentation that we liked in the Ellis Island poker chip.

Ellis Island is a local's joint that is as much about satisfying their patron's appetites with food and drink as it is to provide an outlet for gaming. However, this does not diminish the fact that we thought their poker chip and logo were very sharp, especially after we accentuated their design with our own Gold Rush spin.

Gold Rush and Ellis Island Poker Chip Inlay ComparisonGold Rush and Ellis Island Poker Chip Inlay Comparison

Edge Spots

The edge spot design on the Gold Rush poker chip is known as the Twelve Strip. 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.

Gold Rush and Mirage Poker Chip Edge Spots ComparisonGold Rush 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 Gold Rush poker chip.

Gold Rush and Barney's at Lake Tahoe Poker Chip Mold ComparisonGold Rush and Barney's at Lake Tahoe Poker Chip Mold Comparison
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