Linden, MI (PRWEB) June 27, 2012
Kevin Begola, an e-commerce jewelry retailer, unveiled a high-end poker set today that ranks as one of the most intense luxury game sets in the world. Dubbed the Phantom Poker Society Project, the set boasts a pure carbon fiber display case and dealer markers, custom designed clay-and-brass chips, an engraved walnut inset, and titanium dice with black diamond pips. The set, valued at over $5,000, was designed in collaboration with various US artists and is the only one in existence. The set is available for sale by inquiry only.
"I had this idea of an underground group that plays marathon high-stakes poker under the radar," Begola said of the inspiration behind the project. "It's like a secret organization or a fight club, and there's this badass set that can only be seen by its members. I wanted to build an entire mythology around it. Hence, the Phantom Poker Society was born."
Begola added that the poker set is a singular creation and that he will not commission duplicates, nor will he offer it on his popular titanium jewelry website, Titanium-Buzz.com.
"This is the Highlander of poker," Begola said. "There can be only one. Months of research and planning went into the set, and I plan to only work with serious customers."
"We took everything we love about poker and made the ultimate statement piece," Begola added. "We combined elements like the Suicide King and other card designs with some radical new thinking to come up with the look, and then we built the set from scratch using materials in a way that's never been done before. You'll never find another set with this kind of attention to detail."
The details include an all-carbon fiber case with custom side handles that Begola described as a standalone work of art. The case, which was designed by artist Tyson Roach of Blacksitecf.com, measures 12-1/2" x 9-1/4" x 5-1/2" and is built entirely from pure sheets of carbon fiber; each sheet measures over a 1/4" thick.
"Most of the time you just see carbon fiber overlays. Rarely do you find solid stuff like this," Begola added. "The case is 100% pure and is basically unstoppable. We are not messing around."
Begola also noted that creating the case cost nearly $500 in raw materials and said it is intended to be the center of attention in a poker or game room.
"I like to talk about the case like it's a piece of furniture," Begola added. "Since it's entirely carbon fiber it gets pretty heavy with everything inside. It's designed to be set up somewhere and admired."
The dealer markers are also made from carbon fiber and showcase custom engraved wood inlays. Inside the case is an elaborately engraved walnut accent piece featuring additional custom art. The engraved walnut face includes the Phantom Poker Society name, monogram, and Suicide King design. Art for the dealer markers and the inset was designed by graphic and skate deck artist JD Hawkins, while the complicated engraving was achieved by laser engraving expert Brett Blaisdell from Smuglabs of Utah.
Blaisdell was also responsible for the engraving that appears on the five clear poker trays in the set, creating a distinctive stained glass effect. The trays hold a total of 500 color-coded poker chips in values ranging from one to 100 dollars. The chips also feature custom artwork, are crafted from an A Mold-style design imprint, are made from a mix of clay and shaved brass, and weigh 8.5 to 9 grams each.
The set will also include one deck each of ultra-high-end casino-quality Monarchs and Sentinels cards, both produced by the US Playing Card Company. Additional playing pieces include a one-of-a-kind pair of titanium dice custom created by Lashbrook Designs of Utah. The dice are built from aerospace grade Ti6A14V titanium, while the pips on each die are .03 carat black diamond insets.
Begola noted that the finished set also features designer custom decals produced by Steel Skinz graphics of Michigan. Publicity photos of the set were taken by photographer Pat Thomspon.
When asked about the exclusivity of the set, Begola said he wanted to get people talking and to change the way they think about luxury.
"There was a time when everything worth owning was custom made like this," he said. "There were all these amazing one-of-a-kind works of art out there, and nothing was mass produced. I want to bring a bit of that mindset back."
Begola added, "This is a serious set for serious players, but it's also a lot of fun and shows what's possible when you put the time and energy into building something special. It's the kind of thinking we've always embraced at my company. If you think you're ready to play at this kind of level, then this set is ready for you."
Inquiries into the poker set can be made by calling Kevin Begola at (866) 215-1861 or by email at kcb(at)titanium-buzz(dot)com. Updates about the set as well as future projects can be found on the Titanium-Buzz Facebook Page.
About Kevin Begola:
Kevin Begola is the owner and founder of Titanium-Buzz.com, a leading ecommerce retailer of titanium rings and alternative metal jewelry since 2005. Begola's company specializes in unique pieces that are handmade by skilled artists for each customer. His site is also known for helping to popularize carbon fiber jewelry and for introducing bestselling lines of Camo Rings with inlay patterns by RealTree and Mossy Oak.