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February 1st, 2024 at 6:04:27 AM permalink
State: New Jersey
City: Atlantic City
Casino: Harrah’s Trump Plaza


Harrah’s Trump Plaza was the tenth casino to open in New Jersey. It opened for business on 14 May 1984. A short 5 months after opening the name was changed to Trump Plaza to avoid confusion with Harrah’s Marina casino.

Like Harrah’s Marina, the Claridge, and the Playboy casinos, Harrah’s Trump Plaza used what are known as ”Coin-In-Center” chips. These heavy chips have a plastic outer ring with a metal disc as the inlay. These “coins” featured the Harrah’s Trump Plaza logo, boat, and denomination. The outer plastic ring is inset with $1 Harrah’s Trump Plaza. The color of this outer ring varies from a light maroon to a dark red. Casino chip collectors are always eager to “discover’ new chips -- sometimes too eager. As casinos reorder more of the same chips, manufacturing processes may produce chips with slightly different shades of ink, slightly thicker or thinner text, or misaligned 4-color printing. In the case of the $1 Harrah’s Trump Plaza chips, collectors have “identified” multiple shades of text on this outer ring. Some see 4 colors from light to dark. Others see less. For me, I agree that there are only 2 colors. Both are shown below.


$1 Harrah’s Trump Plaza chips (light & dark varieties)
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February 1st, 2024 at 6:05:29 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Bacliff
Casino: Clifton Card House


Clifton Card House opened on 7 December 2023 with an 8-table poker room on Galveston Bay about 35 miles south east of Houston. Their main competition is the much larger Spades (Webster) poker room. Clifton Card House offers $1/hour comps for their cash game players as well as a bad beat jackpot. I haven’t played there yet, but I have to imagine that these comps and jackpots are funded by raking each pot, which is illegal, but more and more Texas social poker rooms seem to be doing this in order to attract players.

Here’s what’s been said by some people that have played there and reviewed the room:

27 Jan 2024 - ”Too much shady business out in the open for me! The drugs, unprofessional management & owners playing in GTD tournament left a bad taste in my mouth. I will say there were a few people in there that were absolutely amazing! They were the only people that knew what was going on around there. The female floor Manager was incredibly knowledgeable and is a hidden gem! Hopefully she & 2 others wise up and move on to a much better place. No actual food options! BYOB - that's it. Service is bad so others were stepping up to help out. The vulgarity is way out of control there. Won't recommend nor will I go back. I don't foresee this place lasting.”

And then there’s this:

12 Dec 2023 - ”I went last Saturday for the noon tournament but no one showed up except the people who work there.”

On to the chips. They have a very nice ceramic chip set. The center design on both sides is the CCH monogram with their name on one side and the denomination on the reverse. There are 4 blue and 4 orange inserts on a white background.


$1 Clifton Card House chip
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February 1st, 2024 at 6:05:57 AM permalink
State: Texas
City: Humble
Casino: Four Suits Social


Four Suits Social, sometimes written as 4 Suits Social, opened in February 2023 and was previously the Empire Humble poker room. The 7-table room opens at 4pm daily. I was in Humble in August 2023 and called Four Suits ahead of time to ask about the room. Here’s what I wrote at the time in my Texas Poker Road Trip blog:

”I phoned 4 Suits from my car even though they were only 0.8 miles down the road. They still had no cash games running at 9:30pm on a Saturday night but hoped to once their tournament ended. There were only 3 names on their waitlist when I looked on Poker Atlas. A cash game seemed unlikely, so I left Humble without any new chips from 4 Suits. It could be because Lillian, the general manager, told me that they rake 10% up to $15 per pot plus take a $2 promotional drop when the pot reaches $200! I'll have to trade for one of their $1 chips to add to my collection once I get home. I'll have to do it quickly as I can't imagine they'll be in business much longer.”

To my amazement, the room is still in operation! What do I know?

The chips they use are very cheap plastic ones with paper sticker inlays. As you can see, it doesn’t take long (less than a year) for these type of inlays to degrade. Notice that some of the ink on the name “Four Suits Social” has come off already. Eventually the white paper under the logo will show through until you have a grey chip with a 100% white inlay. This is what’s happened with the chip sets at all Empire locations as well as the Alamo Card House. There’s no excuse for playing poker with such cheap equipment.


$1 Four Suits Social chip
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February 1st, 2024 at 12:16:17 PM permalink
I had the same problem with 4 suits end of October. Friday night and no games ran the entire night there. Not sure how they are managing to stay open.
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February 7th, 2024 at 6:55:15 AM permalink
State: New Hampshire
City: Nashua
Casino: The American Social Club


The American Social Club was a charity casino that operated from approximately 2021 until 2023. It was advertised as ”Sports Bar, Arcade, Food and Fun!”. They ran 3 poker tables and charged a $12 per month membership fee to enter. Very little can be found about this club online even though it closed somewhat recently. Here’s what a Google review had to say about the place:

”Private club that includes...Gambling, all sports, large screen TVs, live music, socially distanced, bar bingo, great staff, good food & always upbeat! Visitors are welcome to come in and explore to see if you’re interested in joining. Many different occupations qualify for one year membership free, come check it out! Temperature and sign in sheet at door.”

I assume that their “gambling” offer was limited to the 3 poker tables as no mention of slots or traditional pit games. Perhaps they charged for “bar bingo”. From all accounts they positioned themselves as a private sports bar that served food and drinks, but wanted to also offer poker and bingo, so used the cloak of a charity casino to do so. This obviously was not a viable business model.


$1 The American Social Club chip


The chip is ceramic with a white background and black logo/denomination with 4 black/gray/black inserts.
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February 7th, 2024 at 8:23:27 AM permalink
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State: New Hampshire
City: Nashua
Casino: The American Social Club


The American Social Club was a charity casino that operated from approximately 2021 until 2023. It was advertised as ”Sports Bar, Arcade, Food and Fun!”. They ran 3 poker tables and charged a $12 per month membership fee to enter. Very little can be found about this club online even though it closed somewhat recently. Here’s what a Google review had to say about the place:

”Private club that includes...Gambling, all sports, large screen TVs, live music, socially distanced, bar bingo, great staff, good food & always upbeat! Visitors are welcome to come in and explore to see if you’re interested in joining. Many different occupations qualify for one year membership free, come check it out! Temperature and sign in sheet at door.”

I assume that their “gambling” offer was limited to the 3 poker tables as no mention of slots or traditional pit games. Perhaps they charged for “bar bingo”. From all accounts they positioned themselves as a private sports bar that served food and drinks, but wanted to also offer poker and bingo, so used the cloak of a charity casino to do so. This obviously was not a viable business model.


$1 The American Social Club chip


The chip is ceramic with a white background and black logo/denomination with 4 black/gray/black inserts.
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I'm impressed! I thought I had a complete set of active New Hampshire locations (though if this placed closed perhaps I do again) but have not heard of this place.
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February 7th, 2024 at 12:02:31 PM permalink
I don’t believe any NH casinos have slots, all just poker and/or table games.
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February 7th, 2024 at 1:10:10 PM permalink
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I don’t believe any NH casinos have slots, all just poker and/or table games.
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Nh casinos have class11 slots. They are called hhr machines which stands for historical horse racing.
A few states Kentucky being another one have them.
The largest NH casino has about 300 slots .
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February 7th, 2024 at 7:59:45 PM permalink
Ah ok thanks I didn’t realize they had Class II machines I’ve actually never been to NH.
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February 7th, 2024 at 11:01:11 PM permalink
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I don’t believe any NH casinos have slots, all just poker and/or table games.
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Nh casinos have class11 slots. They are called hhr machines which stands for historical horse racing.
A few states Kentucky being another one have them.
The largest NH casino has about 300 slots .
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Technically, no.

"Class II" gaming can only happen at tribal properties.
New Hampshire has no recognized tribes, so no tribal casinos.

HHR is similar, but pedantically NOT Class II, since the IGRA does not apply.
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February 8th, 2024 at 2:00:58 AM permalink
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Quote: PokerGrinder

I don’t believe any NH casinos have slots, all just poker and/or table games.
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Nh casinos have class11 slots. They are called hhr machines which stands for historical horse racing.
A few states Kentucky being another one have them.
The largest NH casino has about 300 slots .
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Technically, no.

"Class II" gaming can only happen at tribal properties.
New Hampshire has no recognized tribes, so no tribal casinos.

HHR is similar, but pedantically NOT Class II, since the IGRA does not apply.
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Thanks for that clarification, didn’t realize that class ll specifically was for tribal gaming.
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February 8th, 2024 at 2:06:52 AM permalink
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Ah ok thanks I didn’t realize they had Class II machines I’ve actually never been to NH.
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Since HHR machines have been approved there are more casinos opening and expanding.
Also some corruption going on as the casinos are supposed to donate a certain amount of profits to approved charities.
One of the casinos was shut down because the owner was not doing that and was keeping the extra money.
The owner or his wife was on the state gaming commission and was forced to resign and sell the casino.
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February 8th, 2024 at 3:55:31 AM permalink
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I don’t believe any NH casinos have slots, all just poker and/or table games.
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Nh casinos have class11 slots. They are called hhr machines which stands for historical horse racing.
A few states Kentucky being another one have them.
The largest NH casino has about 300 slots .
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Technically, no.

"Class II" gaming can only happen at tribal properties.
New Hampshire has no recognized tribes, so no tribal casinos.

HHR is similar, but pedantically NOT Class II, since the IGRA does not apply.
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Thanks for that clarification, didn’t realize that class ll specifically was for tribal gaming.
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Hey hey, big discussions over minutiae are why we keep coming back... right?

HHR isn't a "Nevada-style" slot machine, in any case.
Enjoy the day!
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February 8th, 2024 at 5:49:27 AM permalink
State: New Hampshire
City: Seabrook
Casino: Greyhound Casino & Tavern


The original Seabrook Greyhound Park opened in 1973. It offered greyhound racing until 2009 and in the 2010’s opened a poker room spreading Limit Hold’em then eventually No-Limit Hold’em. In March of 2019 the property was sold and reopened as the Greyhound Casino & Tavern. This name did not last long because in January of 2020 it was completely remodeled and reopened as The Brook which was the country’s largest charity casino.

Luckily for the casino chip collecting community they produced a pretty high quality chip, at least compared to their predecessors.


$1 Greyhound Casino & Tavern chip


This is a Paulson RHC chip with a white background and a grey and red triangular insert. Their greyhound logo, name, location, and denomination adorned the inlay. The chip rack from The Brook used the same chip mold with the same base and insert colors (see below). I suspect that both chips were used simultaneously after the name change.


$1 The Brook chip
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February 8th, 2024 at 4:30:59 PM permalink
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Ah ok thanks I didn’t realize they had Class II machines I’ve actually never been to NH.
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Since HHR machines have been approved there are more casinos opening and expanding.
Also some corruption going on as the casinos are supposed to donate a certain amount of profits to approved charities.
One of the casinos was shut down because the owner was not doing that and was keeping the extra money.
The owner or his wife was on the state gaming commission and was forced to resign and sell the casino.
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February 8th, 2024 at 4:33:54 PM permalink
That is a dashing dog in a suit! I also like the cleanness of the design of the second chip.
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February 9th, 2024 at 4:58:58 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Aspen Mine


Cripple Creek is a great little tourist town in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Colorado Springs. Having grown up in New Jersey and spent countless hours in Atlantic City, I wasn’t ready for Cripple Creek. In fact, the first time I drove there from my duty station in Colorado Springs I drove straight down Bennett Ave (the main drag, or perhaps better worded “their only street”), passed every casino, and came out the far end scratching my head thinking I must have missed something. There are no neon lights or high rise casino hotel towers. Bennett Ave was a dirt road and the buildings that lined it had raised wooden walkways just as you’ve seen in any western movie. The “casinos” were tiny one-room gaming areas on the ground floor as most of the buildings were only one story anyway. This short road was home to a dozen or more casinos.

Gaming was limited to slot machines and blackjack back then when I arrived in 1993. Blackjack had a minimum and maximum wager of $5. The slot machines accepted coins or $1 metal tokens. The blackjack tables made use of these $1 tokens and loose quarters if they needed to pay out $7.50 for a natural 21. This means that the casinos only had a need for $5 chips for wagering and payouts. Some $25 chips were on hand if a blackjack player ran well and required a big color-up before walking to the cage. $1 chips were not needed. Now, most of these casinos were just small rooms filled with slot machines. Only a few had a blackjack table, and it was not uncommon to find them empty. When someone did want to play, they usually played all five spots for $5 each.

So how are there $1 chips? Well, when a casino opened they would order a number of $1 chips which they expected people to take home as souvenirs. They would only be given out at the blackjack tables when a player hit 21. Within a week or so of opening, all of the $1 chips were gone. This was a form of cheap advertising for the casinos.

The Aspen Mine opened in July of 1993. This was a late comer as most of the casinos had opened a year or two earlier in existing buildings. The Aspen was new and glitzy. When you entered, it looked like a mine, complete with an ore cart on tracks filled with gold nuggets. No other casino in Cripple Creek had any such decorations – they generally all looked the same – like rundown western saloons filled with slot machines. My folks had come to visit that weekend, so I took them to Cripple Creek and just happened to find the Aspen Mine was opened. My dad was a gambler and also collected casino chips, so we played a few hands of $5 blackjack until we were able to get our hands on a $1 chip. Dad took home a $5 and I a $1.

I should also mention that the newly formed ChipCo International, innovator of the ceramic casino chip, had one hell of a sale rep in Colorado. All of the Cripple Creek casinos purchased ceramic ChipCo chips. Several even spent the extra money for serialized chips with printed or engraved numbers. That little casino town is responsible for creating some of the best looking casino chips out there!


$1 Aspen Mine chip


The Aspen Mine closed its doors for good in February of 1996. While Colorado does not require that closed casinos destroy their chips as Nevada and New Jersey do, few of these ceramic chips survived, especially the $1 chips. Certain $1 chips from Cripple Creek are ”key” for collectors, and the Aspen Mine is one of them. I was just glad to have been there to pick up this one in person.
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February 9th, 2024 at 10:10:21 AM permalink
One of my favourite casino towns. I’ve only been once back in 2014 but I really enjoyed it. I will have to get back there at some point to collect the new Golden Nugget.
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February 10th, 2024 at 5:38:35 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Bronco Billy’s


Bronco Billy’s was one of the first casinos in Cripple Creek that I visited. At the time it was all slots, but rather than using the usual gray metal $1 tokens in their slot machine, they used a hybrid known as a ”choken”. The word ”choken” is mash up of the word ”chip” and ”token”. The choken has a metal core and laminated, colored surface. It has a smaller diameter and is thinner than a token or chip. It can be used in slot machines as a token or at table games as a chip. I don’t know why Bronco Billy’s used chokens, other than the fact that they looked nicer than tokens. Perhaps they didn’t want the hassle of finding tokens from other casinos in their slot machines. These colored chokens are prized by collectors but difficult to find in good condition as the slot machines really tended to dent and distort the colored coating.


$1 Bronco Billy’s choken


Years later, as Colorado adopted more liberal gaming laws, casinos expanded to include more table games. Bronco Billy’s produced this $1 chip.


$1 Bronco Billy’s chip


Later, this rack would be replaced with this one with a traditional white base color.


$1 Bronco Billy’s chip


Bronco Billy’s eventually expanded by taking over the adjoining casino. They dropped the ”Bronco” from their name and became Billy’s Casino. The new chip required little modifications and at first glance might look identical to the previous chip.


$1 Billy’s Casino chip
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February 11th, 2024 at 5:02:36 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Bronco Billy’s


In addition to a Bronco Billy’s in Cripple Creek, there was a Bronco Billy’s in Black Hawk. They opened in November of 1992 and closed just over 5 years later in January of 1998. Like their sister property, they really did not require any $1 chips, but unlike their sister property, they did not produce any $1 chips or $1 chokens. They used very cheap red plastic $5 chips with a hot gold stamped center and some years later actually produced a pretty nice $25 Paulson clay chip, but for what purpose I have no idea.

In 1998 they produced a set of ”Goodbye Chips”. This ceramic commemorative set was produced by ChipCo and featured four different $5 chips plus this unusual $2.95 No Cash Value chip good for a ”Complete Prime Rib Dinner”. I love this chip!


$1 Billy’s Casino chip (front and back)
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February 12th, 2024 at 7:49:52 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: The Miners Pick Casino


The Miners Pick Casino opened on 22 June 1992 and closed on 30 August after just 10 weeks of operation. Following in the footsteps of the Gregory Street Casino, the Miners Pick Casino produced this comical chip. The front depicts a gold miner with his finger picking his nose and a pickaxe lying at his feet. The Miners Pick Casino and Central City, Colorado are in black text with a pair of crossed pickaxes circling this picture. The $1 denomination is in gold. Not only were very few of these $1 chips produced, but few survived as the casino was only opened for 10 weeks, making this one of the rarer $1 Colorado casino chips.


$1 Miners Pick chip
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February 13th, 2024 at 12:28:28 PM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Gregory Street Casino


This $1 Gregory Street Casino chip is one of the more comical chip designs out there. The front depicts a bearded man in long red underwear with no shoes panning for gold with the Colorado mountains in the background. The reverse of the chip depicts the backside of the image, showing our gold panner with the right side of his drawers unbuttoned. Gregory St. Casino and Black Hawk, Colorado are in black text circling this picture on both sides with a gold $1 denomination.


$1 Gregory Street chip (front and back)


Only 100 of these $1 chips were produced, making this one of the rarer and more expensive $1 chips in my collection. Here’s what Colorado casino chip enthusiast Eric Miller had to say about this chip:

The Real Story: $1 Gregory Street
Some of you may have been watching a recent auction for the $1 chip from Gregory Street Casino in Black Hawk, CO, that fetched a handsome final bid of $750! As with many casinos in the mid-1990s when chip collecting and the production of limited-edition chips was all the rage, the Gregory Street was no exception with the two-part owners, brothers David and Mike Patterson both being into the chip collecting hobby. With the encouragement of other local collectors, the casino started releasing numbered sets, stackable sets, NCV commemoratives and were very good customers of Chipco. In the months before closing, Chipco sent the Gregory Street one rack of the $1 chips as a sample, and they were never put on the table and never officially released. Knowing Dave and Mike personally to this day it is said that a handful of chips were given or sold to collectors and their aunt who owned the property grabbed a couple along with the two brothers who may retain one or two for their collections and the rest, like many chips disappeared into the history and lore of chip collecting. I would venture to guess that no more than a dozen of these chips exist in private collections.

The limited edition chips are more commonly held by casino chip collectors. The front of the chip depicts the Colorado blue columbine, the state flower, with Gregory St. Casino in gold text at the top, and Black Hawk, Colorado – Limited Edition in black text at the bottom. The $1 denomination is in purple and only shown on the front of the chip. This limited edition chips also has 3 blue inserts. On the reverse we find the same gold panner, but with the left side of his long underwear unbuttoned this time and the Colorado mountains in the background. The bottom of the chip now has the words One Dollar in black text. A total of only 200 of these chips were produced.


$1 Gregory Street Limited Edition chip (front and back)


There was also a serialized, or numbered, set of chips produced. These look identical to the previous chip but have a 3-digit number printed in purple below our gold panner (069 in this case). A total of only 750 of these numbered chips were produced.


$1 Gregory Street Limited Edition Serialized chip (front and back)


The Gregory Street Casino opened on 22 March 1992 and closed on 29 September 1996.
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February 13th, 2024 at 5:32:43 PM permalink
I really like the chips from the last two posts. I wish more casinos would have chips that are comical like this.
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February 17th, 2024 at 7:34:28 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Bull Durham


The Bull Durham Casino received its name following the painting of the exterior tobacco advertisement in 1912.

The property has seen many establishments in its time and has since become a Colorado landmark. In the 1880’s, the building was used as a wagon works and later was used as a livery stable and blacksmith shop. In later years, the building was restored and used as an art studio and store. Bull Durham Casino began its business in February of 1993 and has been expanding and flourishing since.

Today you will find a quaint slot house nestled in the heart of Black Hawk; filled with the sounds of jackpots and the smell of our famous Hot Dogs! It’s too bad we weren’t around during the Gold Rush. It would’ve been much easier to strike rich!


Well, that’s what their website says. While it’s just a slot casino today they did have a blackjack table when they opened in the 1990’s. They issued 3 types of $1 chips. The most common is the style shown below. This illustrates another humorous chip design from Chipco. You can just see that the edges of the chips have 4 sets of inserts with a black-red-black-red-black pattern. The design and text are identical on both sides of the chip, but the bull is showing its head and tail on each side. This makes for a nice heads-and-tails chip.


$1 Bull Durham chip


A less common design is this serialized version. Only 500 were produced. This is number 079 which is engraved into the ceramic on the tails side of the chip.


$1 Bull Durham numbered chip


The rarer version was produced in a 5-chip stackable set which included the 25¢, 50¢, $1, $5, and $25 denomination. The only change in the design is that an image of the bull was added between the edge inserts.

They also produced a number of limited edition $5 chips, mostly for various holidays, where the bull was appropriately attired with Christmas lights, bunny ears, a sombrero, etc. They certainly had a sense of humor.
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February 18th, 2024 at 11:33:04 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Harvey’s Wagon Wheel


Harvey’s Wagon Wheel had a short but colorful chip run in the 9 years it was in operation between 1994 and 2003. Their $1 house chip was a classic Paulson RHC style. The Chipco sales rep must have not been able to locate Central City on the map because most every other casino town in the state used Chipco ceramic chips. As a poker player I love this chip design as it features a wagon wheel. In poker, when I player bet the nuts, it referred to the nuts holding the wheel onto his wagon. He was basically saying that he had the best possible hand and was willing to bet everything he owned as his wagon was worthless without the nuts to affix the wheels.


$1 Harvey’s chip


Harvey’s was one of the earliest casinos to hop on the limited edition train. The Chipco sales rep made an appearance, although a brief one, when in 1998 Harvey’s Wagon Wheel issued a series of limited edition chips depicting a number of current wheels (a.k.a. classic cars). This is also when they entered into a marketing agreement with Bill Cosby. This series shows a classic car on one side of the chip, and various poses of Bill Cosby on the other side with the tag line ”Cos it’s a classic”. Only 300 of these limited edition $1 chips were produced.


$1 Harvey’s “Cos it’s a classic” limited edition chip


The next year, in preparation for the Y2K celebration, they produced ”KA-CHING!” chips, again featuring Bill Cosby, but this time they had Paulson do the work. The edge inserts are the same as their house rack, so this worked better for the dealers as they would be on the tables longer with a production run of 5,000 chips.


$1 Harvey’s “KA-CHING!” limited edition chip


When Independence Day rolled around, they produced another limited edition chip. For some reason it was not 2-sided. This again featured Bill Cosby and another 5,000 chips were made.


$1 Harvey’s 4th of July 2000 Limited Edition chip


That Christmas they pushed on and produced a smaller run of 1,000 limited edition chips, though this time without Bill Cosby for some reason.


$1 Harvey’s Christmas 2000 limited edition chip


Perhaps they were saving Bill for the New Year’s Eve chip a week later. Upon closer inspection perhaps Bill was not called upon as his image is the same used for last year’s New Year’s chip. A run of 2,250 were produced. Why the unusual quantity you might be wondering?


$1 Harvey’s New Year’s Eve limited edition chip


They made 2,250 New Year’s Eve chips because the next day they produced 2,250 New Year’s Day chips – bringing the total to the standard 5,000 that they produced the previous year. Again there were no new images of Bill Cosby. This was smart, as collectors would bring home 2 chips this year rather than just the one.


$1 Harvey’s New Year’s Day limited edition chip


Fear not, for The Cos made a short comeback later in 2001 for St. Patrick’s Day. They produced a short run of only 1,500 of these chips showing Cosby in a green shirt making one of his trademark faces.


$1 Harvey’s St. Patrick’s Day limited edition chip


In all there are five $1 limited edition chips featuring Bill Cosby. At the end of 2003, Harvey’s Wagon Wheel was sold and reopened as Fortune Valley casino. They carried the torch forward by making a few of their own $1 limited edition chips.
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