Konbu
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March 7th, 2015 at 9:13:24 PM permalink
Yay my first thread! Sorry I'm not offering info/advice on my first thread, but instead I'm soliciting it.

A few months back I mentioned in the chip of the day thread I will be doing a cross country road trip soon. Well, that time is arriving soon and I will be driving from NorCal to DC in April. So, I need all the help you can offer me with your collective knowledge and experienced chip collectors to "chip in" with their advice/knowledge.

I have 9 days to complete the trip so it won't be too rushed, but I have to keep moving east at a decent pace. I did a trip to Chicago a few years back before I started collecting so I don't have any chips east of Reno/Sparks. If I miss something starting from Reno please let me know. Other than a detour to Jackpot NV, I would prefer not to deviate too much from my direction of travel. I don't have to collect everything that's on the way, it's more of a secondary goal of this trip where I collect as many chips as I can that's convenient. Also if there is any must try food please let me know too! That'll be double rewarding.

My planned route is to go on I-80 all the way to Salt Lake City then stay on I-70 all the way to DC.

The places I'm planning to stop by are as follows:

Fernley and Fallon (except I won't wait until 11pm for headquarters bar). According to an Oct 2012 post by rdw4potus the Fallon Nugget table opens at 5pm. Googling Fernley I did not find indication of table games at any of the 3 casinos there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

(?) means I googled it but still don't know if there are tables


After this will be:

*** NEVADA ***

Winnemucca:
Winners Inn Casino
Model T Casino

Battle Mountain:
Nothing?

Elko:
Red Lion
Stockmen's
Gold Dust West Elko
(?) Gold Country Inn & Casino

Jackpot:
Barton's Club 93
Cactus Petes Resort Casino
Horseshu
(?) Four Jacks Hotel and Casino
(?) Pony Express
(?) West Star

West Wendover:
Red Garter
Peppermill
Rainbow
Montego Bay
Nugget


Then... I will pass on Ely, I can't justify making a 150 miles detour for 1 chip. Then... Salt Lake City, Grand Junction... then...


*** COLORADO ***

Central City/Blackhawk, then Cripple Creek...
Everything there, I'll try not to miss any... Well, I should copy the list of casinos in Colorado

from the CotD thread so I can check em off as I go...


*** KANSAS ***
Prairie Band Casino

Hollywood at Speedway


*** MISSOURI ***

Kansas City:
Argosy
Isle of Capri
Harrah's
Ameristar

Boonville:
Isle of Capri

St Louis / STL area:
Ameristar
Hollywood ... down to...
River City ... back up to...
Lumiere
Casino Queen (seems like Doc and rdw4potus both have bad memories at this place)
Argosy Alton


I'm already feeling a bit stressful thinking of all the places I will stop by. Am I too ambitious??? I know I might start skipping properties in particular cities when they're too spread out and I start to feel like pooping out the further east I go. I know I'll probably regret it later too hahaha.


Well next will be

Indianapolis:
Probably no chips since it's egame and organic table?


, Columbus, Pittsburgh, detour to Lady Luck Nemacolin, Rocky Gap, and the finish line.


Any input is well appreciated.
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mcallister3200
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March 7th, 2015 at 10:05:57 PM permalink
Battle mountain as of May 2014: Nevada hotel, tables closed Sunday-Wednesday, open at 5 pm Thursday-Saturday.
AxelWolf
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March 7th, 2015 at 10:27:53 PM permalink
Quote: Konbu

Yay my first thread! Sorry I'm not offering info/advice on my first thread, but instead I'm soliciting it.

A few months back I mentioned in the chip of the day thread I will be doing a cross country road trip soon. Well, that time is arriving soon and I will be driving from NorCal to DC in April. So, I need all the help you can offer me with your collective knowledge and experienced chip collectors to "chip in" with their advice/knowledge.

I have 9 days to complete the trip so it won't be too rushed, but I have to keep moving east at a decent pace. I did a trip to Chicago a few years back before I started collecting so I don't have any chips east of Reno/Sparks. If I miss something starting from Reno please let me know. Other than a detour to Jackpot NV, I would prefer not to deviate too much from my direction of travel. I don't have to collect everything that's on the way, it's more of a secondary goal of this trip where I collect as many chips as I can that's convenient. Also if there is any must try food please let me know too! That'll be double rewarding.

My planned route is to go on I-80 all the way to Salt Lake City then stay on I-70 all the way to DC.

The places I'm planning to stop by are as follows:

Fernley and Fallon (except I won't wait until 11pm for headquarters bar). According to an Oct 2012 post by rdw4potus the Fallon Nugget table opens at 5pm. Googling Fernley I did not find indication of table games at any of the 3 casinos there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

(?) means I googled it but still don't know if there are tables


After this will be:

*** NEVADA ***

Winnemucca:
Winners Inn Casino
Model T Casino

Battle Mountain:
Nothing?

Elko:
Red Lion
Stockmen's
Gold Dust West Elko
(?) Gold Country Inn & Casino

Jackpot:
Barton's Club 93
Cactus Petes Resort Casino
Horseshu
(?) Four Jacks Hotel and Casino
(?) Pony Express
(?) West Star

West Wendover:
Red Garter
Peppermill
Rainbow
Montego Bay
Nugget


Then... I will pass on Ely, I can't justify making a 150 miles detour for 1 chip. Then... Salt Lake City, Grand Junction... then...


*** COLORADO ***

Central City/Blackhawk, then Cripple Creek...
Everything there, I'll try not to miss any... Well, I should copy the list of casinos in Colorado

from the CotD thread so I can check em off as I go...


*** KANSAS ***
Prairie Band Casino

Hollywood at Speedway


*** MISSOURI ***

Kansas City:
Argosy
Isle of Capri
Harrah's
Ameristar

Boonville:
Isle of Capri

St Louis / STL area:
Ameristar
Hollywood ... down to...
River City ... back up to...
Lumiere
Casino Queen (seems like Doc and rdw4potus both have bad memories at this place)
Argosy Alton


I'm already feeling a bit stressful thinking of all the places I will stop by. Am I too ambitious??? I know I might start skipping properties in particular cities when they're too spread out and I start to feel like pooping out the further east I go. I know I'll probably regret it later too hahaha.


Well next will be

Indianapolis:
Probably no chips since it's egame and organic table?


, Columbus, Pittsburgh, detour to Lady Luck Nemacolin, Rocky Gap, and the finish line.


Any input is well appreciated.

No real advice but in my experience I have had good luck selling special Hard Rock chips at a profit.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Doc
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March 8th, 2015 at 7:49:07 AM permalink
Quote: Konbu

Googling Fernley I did not find indication of table games at any of the 3 casinos there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Well, rdw4potus and I have both posted chips from the Fernley Nugget. His was posted here, and mine (which I had forgotten to post earlier) is a couple of posts below that.

Unless things have changed, you should be able to get a chip there. There are limited hours for the table games, but you could use the method I described in my post.
Wizard
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March 8th, 2015 at 9:13:41 AM permalink
Quote:

Jackpot:
Barton's Club 93
Cactus Petes Resort Casino
Horseshu
(?) Four Jacks Hotel and Casino
(?) Pony Express
(?) West Star



I was in Jackpot last summer and wrote a blog entry about it. I can confirm the first three casinos had table games at the time I was there. However, the Current Blackjack Newsletter says the Horseshu no longer has blackjack, which means they probably no longer have any table games. Nevertheless, I bet if you asked nicely somebody would sell you an old chip. I can confirm the three with question marks do NOT have table games.

You might invest in one issue of the Current Blackjack Newsletter, which lists blackjack conditions in every casino in America. Sometimes the rules are outdated but they seem to know about every rink-a-dink casino in every backwater town.

I'm sure several people will say this, but a lot of small casinos only open their tables in the evenings. I wouldn't be surprised if some even limit them to weekends. The Current Blackjack Newsletter has information about open hours. So, you may wish to time your visits to small venues to the evenings.
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rdw4potus
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March 8th, 2015 at 9:20:28 AM permalink
Quote: Konbu

Yay my first thread! Sorry I'm not offering info/advice on my first thread, but instead I'm soliciting it.

A few months back I mentioned in the chip of the day thread I will be doing a cross country road trip soon. Well, that time is arriving soon and I will be driving from NorCal to DC in April. So, I need all the help you can offer me with your collective knowledge and experienced chip collectors to "chip in" with their advice/knowledge.

I have 9 days to complete the trip so it won't be too rushed, but I have to keep moving east at a decent pace. I did a trip to Chicago a few years back before I started collecting so I don't have any chips east of Reno/Sparks. If I miss something starting from Reno please let me know. Other than a detour to Jackpot NV, I would prefer not to deviate too much from my direction of travel. I don't have to collect everything that's on the way, it's more of a secondary goal of this trip where I collect as many chips as I can that's convenient. Also if there is any must try food please let me know too! That'll be double rewarding.

My planned route is to go on I-80 all the way to Salt Lake City then stay on I-70 all the way to DC.

The places I'm planning to stop by are as follows:

Fernley and Fallon (except I won't wait until 11pm for headquarters bar). According to an Oct 2012 post by rdw4potus the Fallon Nugget table opens at 5pm. Googling Fernley I did not find indication of table games at any of the 3 casinos there. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

(?) means I googled it but still don't know if there are tables


After this will be:

*** NEVADA ***

Winnemucca:
Winners Inn Casino
Model T Casino

Battle Mountain:
Nothing?

Elko:
Red Lion
Stockmen's
Gold Dust West Elko
(?) Gold Country Inn & Casino

Jackpot:
Barton's Club 93
Cactus Petes Resort Casino
Horseshu
(?) Four Jacks Hotel and Casino
(?) Pony Express
(?) West Star

West Wendover:
Red Garter
Peppermill
Rainbow
Montego Bay
Nugget


Then... I will pass on Ely, I can't justify making a 150 miles detour for 1 chip. Then... Salt Lake City, Grand Junction... then...


*** COLORADO ***

Central City/Blackhawk, then Cripple Creek...
Everything there, I'll try not to miss any... Well, I should copy the list of casinos in Colorado

from the CotD thread so I can check em off as I go...


*** KANSAS ***
Prairie Band Casino

Hollywood at Speedway


*** MISSOURI ***

Kansas City:
Argosy
Isle of Capri
Harrah's
Ameristar

Boonville:
Isle of Capri

St Louis / STL area:
Ameristar
Hollywood ... down to...
River City ... back up to...
Lumiere
Casino Queen (seems like Doc and rdw4potus both have bad memories at this place)
Argosy Alton


I'm already feeling a bit stressful thinking of all the places I will stop by. Am I too ambitious??? I know I might start skipping properties in particular cities when they're too spread out and I start to feel like pooping out the further east I go. I know I'll probably regret it later too hahaha.


Well next will be

Indianapolis:
Probably no chips since it's egame and organic table?


, Columbus, Pittsburgh, detour to Lady Luck Nemacolin, Rocky Gap, and the finish line.


Any input is well appreciated.



Thoughts:

There's a poker game and BJ table at Fernley Nugget. Hours are limited.

Fallon Nugget and Headquarters are neighbors with shared dealers. You might be able to find a headquarters chip in the tray at the Nugget (not sure if that counts for your collecting purposes or not).

Hotel Nevada in Battle Creek has a blackjack table.

Cripple Creek is beautiful and fun, but also tough to get to. From Colorado Springs, you need to kind of wind around Pike's Peak to get to Cripple Creek.

If you really have 9 days, maybe take a look at taking 64 out of Saint Louis, and then 71 out of Louisville to get back up to 70 in Columbus. There are no chips in Indianapolis, and that'd allow you to visit casinos in southern IN and OH that you'd miss if you stuck to I-70.

As far as pooping out goes, I think its good that your route happens to put the majority of casinos in the first half to 2/3 of the drive time. If you can hold the line and do those visits, the rest may come more easily than you think - you'll want breaks from driving anyway.
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rdw4potus
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March 9th, 2015 at 8:27:20 AM permalink
Just noticed that you only have Prairie Band and Speedway listed in KS. From Prairie Band, it's about 20 miles straight up US75 to get to Sac & Fox and Golden Eagle (they're about 5 miles apart). You could either then backtrack down to Topeka and continue to KC on I-70, or you could take US36 to Saint Joseph & visit the Frontier Casino. From there, it's an easy drive down I-29 to get to Speedway and re-connect with I-70.
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March 10th, 2015 at 12:15:18 PM permalink
If you were to take I-64/I-71 (instead of I-70) between St. Louis and Columbus, you could hit a handful of casinos along the Ohio River. According to Google, this would only add an hour of drive time (not counting detours to the casinos themselves).

I know there is the Horseshoe outside of Louisville, and the Belterra southwest of Cincy. Looks like Google is showing a Tropicana in Evansville, and the Rising Star, Hollywood, and another Horseshoe and Belterra in the Cincinnati area, though I have no first-hand knowledge of these.

Unfortunately, it looks like only a few of these would be easy on/off the interstate.
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March 27th, 2015 at 9:47:18 PM permalink
Thank you all for your advice. I'm back from Asia. Wanted to get a chip from the Paradise Incheon, Korea but sadly did not have enough time.
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charliepatrick
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March 28th, 2015 at 5:07:48 PM permalink
Many years ago (when I was younger) I tried to visit all the casinos in Northern Nevada (for chip collecting purposes) so did the I-80 run. Having done most of Reno (incl Boomtown) the previous day, I left Reno about 5am, and gradually managed to get to Jackpot (didn't get to McDermitt) by the evening. fwiw the following day I did Wendover and Ely, before starting back along Rte-50 towards Fallon, Hawthorne, Minden etc. completing the loop back to Reno by the end of the week.

I guess you might want to include Fallon as a diversion (google lists quite a few casinos there), if so you might be struggling to do Reno to Jackpot in a long day (ignores McDermitt). Also if you're going down to I70, then via Wendover, Ely is an idea.

I found creating a spreadsheet (distances, times, schedules) was very useful, especially once when doing a casino run from San Diego, round to Denver, Las Vegas, LA., for keeping the trip on target and planning stopovers.

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