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March 15th, 2012 at 9:28:43 PM permalink
Inspired by the Wizard's Spanish-Word-of-the-Day thread, I have been considering a similar-but-different thread topic, which I begin with this post. I think that like the Wizard's thread, this has the potential to generate a fairly large number of interesting and related posts over an extended period. I hope that "Off-Topic/General Discussion" is a suitable forum for this thread.

The concept is that on roughly a daily basis when I am not in travel status, I will post a photo of one of the $1 casino chips in my collection, along with some comment about the chip and/or the casino and/or some extraneous issue that the chip brings to my mind.

My hope is that this will provide the stimulus for other members to post their comments, anecdotes, whatever about that particular casino -- comments that perhaps have never warranted starting a thread on their own. Of course, comments about chips, chip manufacturing, chip collecting, etc. are also invited.

If you have different chips from the same casino, either a different denomination or a different chip series, please post a photo for us to see. I would prefer that, unless there is a particular justification, this not become a thread for people to gather and post images from eBay auctions, collectors' clubs, image libraries, etc. when no one here actually has the original chip.

I anticipate posting a small image in the thread (180x180 pixels has been suggested), with a medium image (600x600) available if you click on the posted image in the thread. If anyone has a use for a full-resolution image, let me know, and please let me know if you have ideas on how to make this a more interesting thread.

I have my collection sorted by states and categories, with the non-state categories being tribal casinos, cruise ship casinos, Canadian casinos, and casinos in the Bahamas and Caribbean islands. At this point, I do not have chips from international casinos other than from Canada and the islands, so we will look for others to post those images when my well has run dry. Within a state/category, I have the collection sorted mostly alphabetical.

I hope you enjoy this, and I hope very much that this thread can avoid the bickering that occurs on far too many threads here. If I can keep up with it, I may repeatedly revise this initial post to provide an index of links to the chip images that have been posted.

Since this forum is on the Wizard of Vegas site, I will begin my postings with Nevada casinos, which represent almost half of my present collection -- as I begin this thread, I have 285 casinos represented in my collection, and I hope to add a few more in the months before I get all of these posted.

Subsequent edits:

(1) As I suggested in the beginning, many folks have posted images of their own chips from the same casinos in response to mine. At times, forum member and chip collector rdw4potus has taken the lead in posting the Casino Chip of the Day. Casinos marked with "*" were first presented by rdw4potus and initially were presented in periods while I was absent from the forum, rather than immediately in the sequence with the others in the category. After my supply of chips was (temporarily) exhausted, rdw4potus took over the lead role for the thread on a "permanent" basis as of 5/21/13. Others have followed. Casinos listed in the index with a "**" notation have been presented initially by other members. Check each such post to see who made the contribution. I will continue to add to my collection and anticipate posting additional chips myself at the appropriate times.

(2) I have revised my categories of chips. I am no longer separating tribal casinos but including them within the geographic region surrounding the tribal land. Based on my own expanding collection, some gift chips, and chips posted here by others, I have also added categories for many additional states plus "Europe", "Asia", "South America", "Africa", "Oceania", "Mexico", "Central America", and "Chinese New Year Commemorative Chips." If I ever get chips from other areas, or others post such chips to this thread, I will create more categories. If this thread ever includes enough international chips to warrant it, I would categorize by country, as I have for Canada and Mexico.

(3) As of 2/24/13, the directory of chip postings below has been reconfigured. It no longer attempts to represent the chronological sequence of posts. The directory is arranged in an alphabetical listing of states, followed by the other categories, with the casinos within each category arranged (roughly) in alphabetical order. That was the way I originally attempted to post the chips in each category, but there have been subsequent chip postings squeezed into the lists. For those who are interested in the chronological/posting sequence of the chips in this thread, well, I'm just not going to keep up with the details of that in this directory. Just have fun wading through the thread.

(4) As of 12/10/13, this initial post of the thread had been added onto so many times that it was too long to meet the restrictions of this forum. At that point, the directory of chips that have been posted was split into two parts, with Part 2 appearing (after some adjustments) in the following post. As of 2/14/17, the same problem was encountered with the "new" Part 2, and the index was split into three parts. At the very end of the index is a spoiler button, behind which are some "Handy reference links."

(5) Each category below has a note as to when the first chip in that category was posted in the thread. The sequence of these category start dates has been: Nevada, South America, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Canada, Caribbean Islands, Cruise Ships, Europe, Asia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa, Chinese New Year, Oregon, Africa, Oceania, Georgia, Mexico, Washington, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Wyoming, Central America, Montana ....

(6) As of 10/26/17, my own collection represents 485 casinos. I have occasionally posted photos of the way I have my collection on display on the desktop in my home office. The latest such photo posting is located here.

(7) To date, the total number of casinos represented in this thread (subject to errors I make in keeping track of this) is 1,044.

Thread Index -- Part 1

Category started 9/17/12.
Apache Gold *
Blue Water
Bucky's *
Casino Arizona /
Talking Stick *
Casino Del Sol /
Casino Of The Sun *
Cliff Castle *
Desert Diamond *
Fort McDowell *
Gila River Casinos:
Lone Butte /
Vee Quiva /
Wild Horse Pass *
Ak-Chin *
Hon-Dah *
Mazatzal *
Twin Arrows **

Category started 9/20/12.
Southland Park

Category started 9/21/12.
101 Casino *
19th Hole *
500 Club *
Adolfo's **
Agua Caliente
Artichoke Joe's *
Aviator *
Bankers *
Bay 101 *
Bear River **
Bicycle *
Black Oak *
Black Sheep *
Blue Lake **
Cache Creek **
California Grand *
Cameo Club *
Capitol *
Card Palace **
Casino 580 *
Casino M8trix **
Casino Real *
Casino Royale *
Central Coast *
Cher-AE Heights **
Chukchansi Gold *
Chumash *
Club One *
Commerce *
Comstock **
(Santa Clara)
Comstock *
Cordova *
Delta *
Deuce *
Diamond Jim's *
Eagle Mountain *
Eldorado **
Empire *
Fantasy Springs
Garden City *
Gardens *
Garlic City *
Golden Acorn
Golden West *
Graton **
Harrah's Rincon
Havasu Landing
Hollywood **
Hollywood Park *
Hustler *
Jackson Rancheria *
La Fuerza *
Lake Bowl *
Lake Elsinore *
Limelight *
Livermore *
Lotus *
Lucky Chances *
Lucky Derby *
Lucky Lady **
Lucky Lady *
San Diego
Marina *
Merced *
Mint **
Mortimer's *
Napa Valley *
New Crystal Park *
Normandie *
Oaks *
Oasis *
Oceana *
Ocean's Eleven *
Oceanview *
Old Cayucos *
Outlaws *
Paiute Palace *
Palace *
Palace *
Palomar *
Paso Robles *
Phoenix *
Players *
Poker Flats *
Rancho's Club *
Red Earth
Redhawk *
River Rock **
Roy's Club **
San Manuel
San Pablo Lytton *
Santa Ysabel
Seven Mile **
Spa Resort
Spotlight 29
Sundown **
Sundowner *
Table Mountain *
Tachi Palace **
Thunder Valley *
Tortoise Rock
Turlock *
Valley View
Village *
Wine Country *

Category started 3/15/13.
Ameristar *
Big Jim's *
Billy's *
Brass Ass *
Canyon *
Century *
(Central City)
Century *
(Cripple Creek)
Double Eagle *
Famous Bonanza *
Fitzgeralds *
Gilpin *
Gold Creek *
Gold Rush *
Golden Gates *
Golden Mardi Gras *
Isle *
Johnny Z's *
Lady Luck *
Lodge *
Midnight Rose *
Monarch **
Reserve *
Riviera *
Sky Ute
Ute Mountain
Wildwood *
Z **

Category started 10/12/12.
MGM Grand
Mohegan Sun

Category started 11/12/12.
Delaware Park
Dover Downs

Category started 11/15/12.
bestbet **
Big M **
Calder **
Creek Entertainment **
Dania **
Daytona Beach
Kennel Club **
Derby Lane **
Ft. Pierce Jai-Alai **
Gulfstream Park **
Island Breeze **
Isle **
Lucky's Card Room **
Magic City **
Mardi Gras **
Greyhound Park **
Miami Jai-Alai **
Miccosukee **
Naples Fort Meyers **
Ocala Poker
and Jai-Alai **
Orange Park
Kennel Club **
Palm Beach
Kennel Club **
Seminole **
Seminole *
(Coconut Creek)
Seminole *
Seminole **
Seminole Hard Rock *
Seminole Hard Rock
Sun Cruise **
(Port Richey)
Tampa Bay Downs **

Category started 3/28/14.
Emerald Princess II **

Category started 11/16/12.
Casino Queen
Empress *
Grand Victoria *
Harrah's *
Hollywood *
Hollywood *
Jumer's *
Par-A-Dice *
Rivers *

Category started 11/19/12.
Ameristar *
Blue Chip *
French Lick
Grand Victoria
Horseshoe *
(Southern Indiana)
Majestic Star *
Rising Star *
Tropicana *

Category started 12/27/13.
Ameristar *
Argosy *
Blackbird Bend **
Catfish Bend *
Diamond Jo *
Diamond Jo *
Grand Falls *
Hard Rock **
Harrah's *
Horseshoe *
Isle *
Isle of Capri *
Lady Luck *
Lakeside *
Meskwaki *
Mystique *
Prairie Meadows *
Rhythm City *
Riverside *
Terrible's Lakeside *
Wild Rose *
Wild Rose *
Wild Rose **
WinnaVegas *

Category started 6/5/13.
Boot Hill *
Golden Eagle *
Hollywood *
Kansas Star *
Prairie Band *
Sac & Fox *
White Cloud *

Category started 11/25/12.
Amelia Belle
Belle of Baton Rouge
(Bossier City)
Cypress Bayou
Golden Nugget
Grand Palais *
(New Orleans)
(Baton Rouge)
Isle of Capri
(Lake Charles)
Jena Choctaw Pines **
(Baton Rouge)
(Lake Charles)
L'auberge du Lac
Margaritaville *
Sam's Town
Treasure Chest

Category started 9/13/14.

Category started 9/10/13.
Maryland Live!
MGM National Harbor **
Rocky Gap
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March 15th, 2012 at 9:55:15 PM permalink
Thread Index -- Part 2

Category started 8/18/13.
Bay Mills *
Firekeepers *
Four Winds *
Four Winds *
Four Winds *
(New Buffalo)
Greektown *
Gun Lake *
Island *
Kewadin *
Orchard Lake Schools Charity **
Lac Vieux Desert *
Leelanau Sands *
Little River *
MGM Grand *
Motor City *
Odawa *
Ojibwa *
Ojibwa *
Soaring Eagle *
Turtle Creek **
Victories **

Category started 8/8/13.
Black Bear *
Canterbury Park *
Fond-Du-Luth *
Fortune Bay **
Grand *
Grand *
(Mille Lacs)
Jackpot Junction *
Mystic Lake *
Northern Lights **
Palace **
Prairie's Edge *
Running Aces *
Seven Clans **
(Red Lake)
Seven Clans **
(Thief River Falls)
Seven Clans **
Shooting Star **
Treasure Island *
White Oak **

Category started 12/12/12.
Bally's Casino
Bally's Gambling Hall
Bayou Caddy's Jubilee
Beau Rivage
Bok Homa
Gold Strike
Golden Moon
Golden Nugget *
Grand Biloxi
Grand Station
Hard Rock
Harrah's Gulf Coast **
(Bay St. Louis)
Imperial Palace
Island View
Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri
Lady Luck
Magnolia Bluffs
Sam's Town
Scarlet Pearl **
Silver Slipper
Silver Star
Treasure Bay

Category started 2/3/13.
Ameristar *
(Kansas City)
(St. Charles)
Argosy *
Harrah's *
(N. Kansas City)
(St. Louis)
Hollywood *
(Cape Girardeau)
Isle of Capri *
Isle of Capri *
(Kansas City)
Lady Luck
Lumiere Place
Mark Twain *
River City
St. Jo Frontier *
Terrible's Mark Twain *
Terrible's St. Jo Frontier *

Category started 5/30/17.
Glacier Peaks **
Poker Parlor **
Queen of Hearts **

Category started 3/15/12.

...New Hampshire.....(1)...
Category started 9/11/14.
Ocean Gaming

...New Jersey.....(18)...
Category started 2/8/13.
Atlantic Club
Claridge **
Golden Nugget
Harrah's Marina
Sands **
Trump Marina
Trump Plaza
Trump Taj Mahal

...New Mexico.....(14)...
Category started 3/17/13.
Buffalo Thunder
Camel Rock
Fire Rock
Hard Rock
Northern Edge Navajo
Route 66
San Felipe Casino Hollywood
Santa Ana Star
Santa Claran
Sky City
Taos Mountain
Wild Horse

...New York.....(7)...
Category started 2/22/13.
Akwesasne Mohawk *
Seneca Allegany
Seneca Buffalo Creek
Seneca Gaming *
Seneca Niagara
Turning Stone *
Yellow Brick Road **

...North Carolina.....(2)...
Category started 2/24/13.
Harrah's Cherokee
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River

...North Dakota.....(6)...
Category started 8/2/13.
4 Bears **
Bismarck Mandan *
Dakota Magic *
Prairie Knights **
Sky Dancer **
Spirit Lake **
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March 15th, 2012 at 9:59:08 PM permalink
Thread Index -- Part 3

Category started 8/6/13.
Hollywood *
Hollywood *
Horseshoe *
Horseshoe *
Jack **

Category started 9/20/13.
7 Clans **
Ada Gaming **
Apache **
Artesian **
Black Hawk **
Buffalo Run *
Cherokee **
Cherokee **
(West Siloam Springs)
Chisholm Trail *
Choctaw *
Choctaw *
Choctaw **
Cimarron **
Comanche *
Comanche Red River *
Creek Nation **
Downstream *
Fire Lake **
First Council *
Fort Sill Apache *
Grand **
Grand Lake *
Hard Rock **
Indigo Sky *
Kickapoo **
Kiowa *
Lucky Star **
Lucky Star **
Native Lights *
Newcastle **
Osage *
Osage **
(Ponca City)
Osage **
Osage **
Paradise *
Quapaw *
River Spirit **
Riverwind **
Saltcreek **
South Wind *
Stables *
Sugar Creek **
Thunderbird Wild Wild West **
Tonkawa *
Treasure Valley *
Winstar World *
Wyandotte *

Category started 3/12/14.
Wildhorse **

Category started 3/31/13.
Harrah's Chester
Lady Luck
Mohegan Sun
Mount Airy
Presque Isle *
Valley Forge

...Rhode Island.....(1)...
Category started 9/12/14.
Twin River

...South Dakota.....(21)...
Category started 8/4/13.
Cadillac Jack's *
Celebrity **
Dakota Sioux *
Deadwood Gulch **
Deadwood Mountain Grand **
First Gold **
Four Aces **
Franklin **
Ft. Randall **
Gold Dust **
Grand River **
Lode Star **
Lodge at Deadwood **
Midnight Star **
Mineral Palace **
Old Style Saloon No. 10 **
Prairie Wind **
Rosebud **
Royal River *
Silverado **
Tin Lizzie **

Category started 7/9/13.
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle *

Category started 4/2/14.
Angel of the Winds **
Chips **
Crazy Moose **
Freddie's Club **
Golden Nugget **
Great American **
ilani **
Last Frontier **
Muckleshoot II **
New Phoenix **
Palace **
Quil Ceda Creek **
Red Dragon **
Riverside **
Silver Dollar **
Skagit Valley **
Snoqualmie **
Swinomish **
Tulalip **

...West Virginia.....(6)...
Category started 2/25/13.
Mardi Gras
Wheeling Island

Category started 6/21/13.
Bad River *
Ho Chunk *
Ho Chunk *
(Black River Falls)
Ho Chunk *
Lac Courte Oreilles *
Lake of the Torches *
Legendary Waters *
Majestic Pines *
Menominee *
Mole Lake *
North Star *
Northern Lights *
Oneida *
Potawatomi Bingo *
St. Croix *
St. Croix *
Turtle Lake

Category started 5/8/15.
Shoshone Rose **
Wind River **

Category started 3/15/14.
Carnival City **
(South Africa)
Emperors Palace **
(South Africa)
Garden Route **
(South Africa)
Southern Sun Emnotweni **
(South Africa)
Suncoast **
(South Africa)

Category started 5/15/13.
Altira **
Casino de Genting **
City of Dreams **
Galaxy **
Lan Kwai Fong **
Marina Bay Sands **
MGM Grand **
Oceanus **
President **
Resorts World **
Rio **
Sands **
Sands Cotai **
Starworld **
Studio City **
Taipa Square **
Venetian **
Waldo **
Wynn **
Wynn Palace **

Category started 4/11/13.
1000 Islands Charity *
Apex **
Aseneskak **
Baccarat **
Bear Claw **
Billy Barker **
Boomtown **
Caesars *
Camrose **
Cascades **
(Kamloops, BC)
Cascades **
(Langley, BC)
Cascades **
(Penticton, BC)
Cash **
(Calgary, AB)
Cash **
(Red Deer, AB)
Casino by Vanshaw **
Casino Calgary **
Casino de Charlevoix
Casino de Montreal **
Casino de Mont-Tremblant **
Casino Dene **
Casino du Lac-Leamy **
Casino Edmonton **
Casino Lethbridge **
Casino Moose Jaw **
Casino New Brunswick
Casino Niagara
Casino Nova Scotia
(Halifax, NS)
Casino Nova Scotia
(Sydney, NS)
Casino of the Rockies **
Casino Rama
Casino Regina **
Casino Sault Ste. Marie *
Casinos of Winnipeg **
Century **
(Calgary, AB)
Century **
(Edmonton, AB)
Century **
(St. Albert, AB)
Chances **
Cowboys **
Dakota Dunes **
Deerfoot Inn **
Diamond Tooth Gertie's **
Eagle River **
Elbow River **
Elements **
Fraser Downs **
Gold Eagle **
Grand Villa **
(Burnaby, BC)
Grand Villa **
(Edmunton, BC)
Great Blue Heron *
Great Northern **
Grey Eagle **
Hard Rock **
Jackpot **
Lake City **
(Kamloops, BC)
Lake City **
(Kelowna, BC)
Lake City **
(Penticton, BC)
Living Sky **
Northern Lights **
Niagara Fallsview
OLG Brantford *
OLG Thousand Islands
OLG Thunder Bay **
Painted Hand **
Palace **
Playground Poker Club **
Point Edward Charity *
Red Shores
River Cree **
River Rock
Sand Hills **
Shark Club **
(Thousand Islands)
Silver Dollar **
Snakes Poker Club **
South Beach **
Stampede **
Starlight **
Stoney Nakoda **
Treasure Cove **
Windsor/Northern Belle **
Yellowhead **

...Caribbean Islands.....(32)...
Category started 4/19/13.
Caribe Hilton **
(Puerto Rico)
Casino Atlántico **
(Puerto Rico)
Casino del Mar **
(Puerto Rico)
Casino del Sol **
(Puerto Rico)
Crystal Palace
Divi Carina Bay
(St. Croix)
Divi Flamingo
E.E. Casinos **
(Dominican Republic)
El San Juan **
(Puerto Rico)
Embassy Suites **
(Puerto Rico)
Jack Tar Village **
(Dominican Republic)
Kura Hulanda
Marriott **
(Puerto Rico)
Ocean **
(Puerto Rico)
Ocean World **
(Dominican Republic)
Plaza **
Ritz-Carlton San Juan **
(Puerto Rico)
Royal Beach
(St. Kitts)
San Marco
Treasure Bay
Treasure Island
(Sint Maarten)

...Central America.....(20)...
Category started 1/6/17.
Cariari **
(Costa Rica)
Club Colonial **
(Costa Rica)
(Costa Rica)
Cocal **
(Costa Rica)
Concorde **
(Costa Rica)
Croc's **
(Costa Rica)
Del Rey **
(Costa Rica)
Fiesta **
(Costa Rica)
Fiesta Managua **
Gallo Group **
(Costa Rica)
Grand **
(Costa Rica)
Nicaraos **
Palma Real **
(Costa Rica)
Palms **
Pharaohs **
Princess Casinos **
Riviera **
Taormina **
(Costa Rica)
Tropical **
(Costa Rica)

...Chinese New Year Commemorative Chips.....(38)...
Category started 1/18/14.
Aria **
Bellagio **
Bellagio **
Four Queens **
Four Queens **
Four Queens **
Four Queens **
Hard Rock **
(Biloxi, MS)
Hard Rock **
(Las Vegas)
Harrah's **
(Las Vegas)
Mandalay Bay **
Mandalay Bay **
MGM Grand **
MGM Grand **
MGM Grand **
MGM Grand **
MGM Grand **
Normandie **
Palace Station **
Palace Station **
Palazzo **
Palazzo **
Palms **
Palms **
Palms **
Palms **
Palms **
Palms **
Venetian **
Venetian **
Venetian **
Wynn **
Wynn **
Wynn **
Wynn **
Wynn **
Wynn **
Wynn **

...Cruise Ships.....(19)...
Category started 5/4/13.
Dream **
Golden Princess **
Holland America
Holland America
Westerdam (Cardplayer Cruise) **
Holland America
Monarch Sun
(multiple ships) **
Royal Caribbean
Majesty of the Seas **
Royal Caribbean
Vision of the Seas

Category started 5/12/13.
Casino da Madeira
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Casino Kartáč
(Czech Republic)
Gran Casino de Barcelona
Galway Bay **
Holland Casino
Princess **

Category started 4/1/14.
Playboy **
Royal Yak **

Category started 3/19/14.
Christchurch **
(New Zealand)
Crown Melbourne **
Sky City **
(New Zealand)
Star City **

...South America.....(10)...
Category started 4/21/12.
Casino Arica
Casino Caribe **
Crown **
Enjoy **
Gran Casino Medellin **
Havana **
Luckia **
Rio Casino Medellin **
Rock n' Jazz **

Museum Of Gaming History - Chip Guide

Article about Bud Jones Chip Molds

Chip Manugacturer GPI - Gaming Partners International

A short Casino Token History article

Roy Mode's Casino Token Directory

Las Vegas Casino History Timeline

ChipCo UV Chip Security demo

Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club Chipology - PDF - Primer on the Evolution and Fabrication Methods of Game Counters and Casino Chips - PDF

Nevada Gaming Commission - Regulation 12: Chips and Tokens - PDF

An alternative to Wikipedia: Online Nevada Encyclopedia

Time-Life Rare Photos of a Desert Boom Town

History and old photos

My 9/10/14 post in this thread about Top Hat and Cane chips.

PokerGrinder's thread with a list of "current" U.S. and Canadian casinos where chips may be collected.
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March 15th, 2012 at 10:02:08 PM permalink
love the idea. Link and image work fine for me. Looking forward to seeing these.
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March 15th, 2012 at 10:25:31 PM permalink
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I have eleven casinos only represented by the metal tokens, and two casinos for which I have both metal tokens and "clay" chips. Tim, if you have metal tokens/chips from some of the casinos for which I post photos of the clay chips, please post photos of your tokens as the thread gets to that casino. For most of the casinos, I have never seen their $1 tokens and would be interested in getting a look.

Be glad to...but like I said, many no longer exist...but ill follow this thread and post my corresponding ones...
Gambling calls to this ~>
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March 16th, 2012 at 5:48:42 AM permalink
Note 2/14/17: My comment in paragraph #1 of post #1 of this thread turned out to be true – this topic did generate a large number of related posts over an extended period. That created a problem when the index became too large for the forum’s limit on the size of a post. As noted in item #4 of the “Subsequent edits” section of post #1, the index was split into two parts as of December 2013 and into three parts in February 2017. This was made possible by moving my Aliante Station chip post (below) and combining it with my later posts, leaving space that had been emptied thereby for use as the expanded index.

Unfortunately, the following post is a blend of three posts and now appears later in the thread than multiple posts that comment about it. There has not really been a warp or fracture in the time/space continuum. Most of the following was originally posted higher in this thread and has just been moved here.

State: Nevada
City: North Las Vegas
Casino: Aliante Station

The first (alphabetically) chip is from Aliante Station. I plan to note in the heading of each day's post the city/town in which the casino is located. I will probably play that a little loose in the case of Las Vegas and won't bother designating "Paradise, NV" and such but only the well-known communities. I will try to stick with the city as shown on the chip, if there is one.

I have only been to Aliante Station one time, specifically to get this souvenir chip. That area of North Las Vegas is well off my normal path when visiting Sin City. I thought the casino was very nice, but I doubt I will make the trek out there again.

How many members of the forum have ever been out to play at Aliante Station?

By the way, I'm on Eastern time, so it's already Friday 3/16/12 here, in spite of the Las Vegas PDT times listed in the forum. I may or may not post a second chip-of-the-day before Saturday, as I get my feet wet on this stuff. Let me know whether this image (and the link) work for you.

Edit 3/28/12: I have just received from rdw4potus the links to some images of his chips from casinos that I have already passed in this thread. Thanks, rdw! I am editing my posts to include his images, such as this one:

Moderator's Edit 10/22/12: Word comes from this post on another board, posted by an Aliente employee, that on 11/1/12 Aliente Station will become Aliente Casino + Hotel. They are no longer part of the Stations family. No word on when or if new chips will be issued.

Edit 1/16/13: Although I was aware of Aliante (not "Aliente") no longer being part of the Station chain, I just noticed the above Moderator's Edit, which was added while I was out of the country. Tonight I checked the MOGH catalog and noted that new chips (without the "Station" designation) are indeed in circulation.

Quote: TIMSPEED (in a post that has now been deleted)

I have a buuunch of old Vegas $1 coins...

I have eleven casinos only represented by the metal tokens, and two casinos for which I have both metal tokens and "clay" chips. Tim, if you have metal tokens/chips from some of the casinos for which I post photos of the clay chips, please post photos of your tokens as the thread gets to that casino. For most of the casinos, I have never seen their $1 tokens and would be interested in getting a look.

Quote: TIMSPEED (in a post that really came after my comment above but appears above here in the thread)

Be glad to...but like I said, many no longer exist...but ill follow this thread and post my corresponding ones...

Oh, I have plenty of chips from casinos that no longer exist, and I will be posting those photos. My only constraint in collecting is that I must have been to the casino myself, and with extremely few exceptions, I have played in each of them to get the souvenir chip. I wish I could have chips that I obtained that way for the Sands, Dunes, Desert Inn, and a number of the other "classic" Vegas establishments.

It occurred to me that I should really try to say something about each casino other than, "I've been there." So here's a stab on the first one:

Aliante Station opened in 2008 as part of the Stations Casinos chain. Unfortunately, Stations declared bankruptcy the following year, and the casino now belongs to a group of the creditors, plus the original owners who "bought back in". I think the casino is still being operated by the former owners, who exited bankruptcy last year. I don't know details (hey! I'm not pacomartin), but I think I read some writeup that suggested the family/brothers who had owned Station made out like bandits (?) in the bankruptcy.

I hope to be able to give more positive comments on other casinos, and I should leave the business speculation to others. ;-)
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March 16th, 2012 at 7:17:50 AM permalink
Quote: Doc

State: Nevada
City: North Las Vegas
Casino: Aliante Station

How many members of the forum have ever been out to play at Aliante Station?

Holy cow....that's a filthy chip!! It should be bright white!

I used to go out to Aliante a couple years ago because they had the only bounty poker tournaments in town at the time. Nice new, fairly empty casino due to location, but Red Rock's still the best in the Station family.
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March 16th, 2012 at 8:33:24 AM permalink
That chip may be filthy but it's Tophat and Cane. It's a quality chip!
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March 16th, 2012 at 8:40:12 AM permalink
Quote: zippyboy

Holy cow....that's a filthy chip!! It should be bright white!

Well, yes and no.

Yes, the chip is kinda dirty. When I get some of them, they are so filthy I hate to put them in my pocket. Even when I wash them with a spray cleaner, I can't get them really clean.

But in this case, no, it should not be bright white. I must admit that my photography seems to have caused a bit of a color shift, but I'm not good enough nor dedicated enough to try to fix such things. The Aliante Station $1 chip (at least this one) is really a dark gray instead of white. While we may call the cheap chips "whites", there is quite a range of colors, particularly for the Nevada casinos.

Quote: s2dbaker

... but it's Tophat and Cane. It's a quality chip!

I think this Paulson mold design is the most common type in my collection. I have a bit of trouble taking a casino seriously if they don't use a quality chip. Perhaps as we get further into this thread, someone with better knowledge than mine can talk about the manufacturing processes.
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March 16th, 2012 at 8:56:11 AM permalink
This is a good thread idea and I look forward to following it.

The Aliante (note: corrected) Station I think is the only hotel/casino in Vegas I have not been to. There is zero reason to go to that part of Vegas. I've lived here 11 years and have never had the reason to go anywhere near the place.

A question that comes to my mind is what does aliante mean? Lots of things in Vegas have Spanish names, and that sounds Spanish, but I can't find that word exactly in my dictionaries. Here is my best theory. Liante means trouble maker or swindler. If you wanted to say "at the swindler" you would say "al liante." However, the two ls would come blend together, so it would sound like aliente. I wonder if this has a bearing on their Latino business. Sorry to turn this into another Spanish Word of the Day.
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