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June 10th, 2024 at 1:57:54 PM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt


The Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt, more commonly known as simply The Hyatt opened in 2001 and closed in 2003. It then became Mountain High Casino until 2006 when it changed ownership again and became the Ameristar Casino


$1 Hyatt chip
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June 11th, 2024 at 7:18:51 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Horseshoe


The Horseshoe casino opened in 2022 on the site of the old Isle casino.


$1 Horseshoe chip
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June 12th, 2024 at 4:58:31 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: The Imperial


The Imperial opened in 1992 and operated until 2010 when it changed ownership and was renamed Big Jim’s Gambling Hall & Saloon before closing for good in 2014.

This was a grand Colorado gaming establishment that embraced the old west. Their chip designs reflected that tradition. They issued several $1 designs over the years – all ceramic Chipco’s.

Their standard $1 house chip was elaborately designed with the crown signifying it as the class of Bennett Ave.


$1 Imperial chip


In 1992, to celebrate the town’s centennial, The Imperial issued this commemorative $1 chip which also noted Cripple Creek as the World’s Greatest Gold Camp.


$1 Imperial commemorative 1992 chip


In 1996, they issued a set of 5 chips with various poker hands. Each denomination depicted an increasingly better poker hand. The $1 shows an ace-high flush, the $2.50 shows tens full of sevens, the $5 shows quad kings, the $25 shows a seven-high straight flush, and the $100 shows a spade royal.


$1 Imperial poker chip


In 1997 for their 5th anniversary, they issued a 4-chip set. This one depicted various slot machine results from 3 cherries on the $1 chip, 3 BARs on the $2.50 chip, 3 7’s on the $5 chip, and 3 crowns on the $25 chip.


$1 Imperial 5th Anniversary chip


Also in 1997, The Imperial decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1947 movie Marshal of Cripple Creek. Yup, you’re getting a movie poster in the Casino Chip of the Day thread.


Marshal of Cripple Creek movie poster

This was a 4-chip set with each chip depicting a character from the melodrama. I think that the gold panner on this $1 chip was the best of the series.


$1 Imperial commemorative chip
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June 12th, 2024 at 7:16:41 AM permalink
I love everything to do with all these sets of chips. I wish more casinos would put 1% of the effort into their chips that this casino did.
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June 13th, 2024 at 6:35:14 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Isle of Capri


The Isle of Capri casino opened in 1998. In 2009 they changed their name to the Isle Casino.


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June 14th, 2024 at 8:00:29 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Jazz Alley


The Jazz Alley casino opened in 1992 and closed in 2003. It then became the Golden Gulch Casino, which was a slot parlor without any casino chips, before closing for good in 2021.


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June 14th, 2024 at 8:59:17 AM permalink
It actually didn’t close it became Bally’s East.
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June 14th, 2024 at 11:16:23 PM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: J.P. McGill’s


J.P. McGill’s casino opened in 1997. They are now known as just McGill’s Hotel Casino. This Irish themed casino is one of the largest in Cripple Creek. They closed all of their table games many years ago and now offer 280 slot machines. They are operated by Triple Crown Casinos which also operates the two adjacent casinos: Midnight Rose and The Brass Ass Casino.

They issued two different $1 chips: a standard house chip as well as a dated version for their 1997 grand opening. These could routinely be found on their black jack tables. They also issued 60 5-chip numbered sets of the dated variety.

The ceramic Chipco chips are wonderfully designed, but the denomination seemed to be forgotten and added after the fact as an afterthought.


$1 J.P. McGill’s chip



$1 J.P. McGill’s dated chip
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June 15th, 2024 at 7:10:46 AM permalink
Great chip but yes the denom looks terrible.
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June 16th, 2024 at 9:31:41 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Johnny Nolon’s


Johnny Nolon’s casino opened in 1991 and was one of the first Cripple Creek casinos to open once gaming in the state was approved.

They were also the first to use clay Paulson chips, which were the industry standard in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Their first issue $1 chip was a white hat & cane mold with a small inlay depicting the Johnny Nolon logo in black with a red $1 denomination. Not a very eye-catching chip.


$1 Johnny Nolon’s 1st issue chip


Later that same year, as Chipco ceramic chips took hold among Colorado casinos, Johnny Nolon’s produced this 2-sided version. The logo on each side differs slightly, but the chip is still an improvement over the original clay chip.


$1 Johnny Nolon’s 2nd issue chip


It’s been many years since Johnny Nolon’s has had table games. Like other small Colorado casinos they now only offer slot machines; making these $1 chips a thing of the past.
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June 17th, 2024 at 8:43:21 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Johnny Z’s


Johnny Z’s casino opened in 2010 was originally listed in the Casino Chip of the Day back in 2013, but only their $5 chip was pictured. This casino, like the Four Queens and Palms in Las Vegas, were notorious for issuing a large number of house as well as limited edition chips in all denominations to take advantage of casino chip collectors. The Four Queens has issued 35+ different $1 chips and counting, while the Palms has issued almost 40! Johnny Z’s has issued 21 different $1 chips, but fortunately for the wallets of collectors, they seem to have ended that practice in 2017 before closing their doors for good in 2020. Below is a complete rundown of these chips. Enjoy!

Their 1st issue house chip, produced in 2010, was a clay Paulson hat & cane mold with 3 colored inserts and a small logo center inlay. This high quality chip should have been sufficient for years to come and even today, in 2024, would be in perfectly fine condition for the rigors of Colorado table games.


$1 Johnny Z’s 1st issue chip


Two short years later, in 2012, Johnny Z’s decided to abandon Paulson and move to Chipco.


$1 Johnny Z’s 2nd issue chip


Later that same year, Johnny Z’s decided to get into the limited edition chip game. Their first LE was this 2nd Anniversary chip.


$1 Johnny Z’s 2nd Anniversary chip


In 2013, GameOn, formerly Chipco, produced this Halloween chip in a quantity of 200. Most of these limited edition chips had production runs of 200 or 300.


$1 Johnny Z’s Halloween 2013 chip


Later that year they released this Holiday chip.


$1 Johnny Z’s Holiday 2013 chip


With the success of their limited edition chip program, they decided to add St. Patrick’s Day to the calendar in 2014. These four days; Anniversary, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and Holiday, would become a mainstay. While the $1 chips alone would not make the limited edition chip program profitable, keep in mind that Johnny Z’s produced these same limited edition chips in $5 and $25 denominations.


$1 Johnny Z’s St. Patrick’s Day 2014 chip


Next up for 2014 was this 4th Anniversary chip…


$1 Johnny Z’s 4th Anniversary chip


…followed by their Halloween chip….


$1 Johnny Z’s Halloween 2014 chip


…followed by their Holiday chip.


$1 Johnny Z’s Holiday 2014 chip


Just to add one more chip to 2013, this promotional chip was also issued. $5 and $25 denominations were also made. These were given to guests and could only be used at the tables.


$1 Johnny Z’s Promotional chip


More of the same limited edition chips in 2015 starting with St. Patrick’s Day…


$1 Johnny Z’s St. Patrick’s Day 2015 chip


…then their 5th Anniversary chip, but this time a 2-sided design was introduced.


$1 Johnny Z’s 5th Anniversary chip


Next, their Halloween chip….


$1 Johnny Z’s Halloween 2015 chip


…followed by their Holiday chip.


$1 Johnny Z’s Holiday 2015 chip


More of the same in 2016 starting with St. Patrick’s Day…


$1 Johnny Z’s St. Patrick’s Day 2016 chip


…then their 6th Anniversary chip, but returning to a 1-sided design.


$1 Johnny Z’s 6th Anniversary chip


It was now that Johnny Z’s decided that their 2nd house rack needed to be replaced after only 4 years of use, so this new design was issued.


$1 Johnny Z’s 3rd issue chip


Now, back to our regularly scheduled program of limited edition chips…


$1 Johnny Z’s Halloween 2016 chip


…followed by their Holiday chip in a surprising 2-sided design.


$1 Johnny Z’s Holiday 2016 chip


They continued with the 2-sided design in 2017 for this St. Patrick’s Day chip.


$1 Johnny Z’s St. Patrick’s Day 2017 chip


This 7th Anniversary limited edition chip would prove to be their last. Perhaps the casino chip collecting community had had enough? Perhaps the limited edition chip program wasn’t as profitable as it once was? Who can guess? But if you’re a $1 casino chip collector you’re likely to have them all.


$1 Johnny Z’s 7th Anniversary chip
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June 17th, 2024 at 6:19:25 PM permalink
I’m not as extensive as you, I only have the first chipco that you posted.
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June 18th, 2024 at 8:13:15 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Jubilee


The Jubilee casino opened in 1992 and closed in 1998. This was one of the few casinos not located on Bennett Ave, which is the main street running through town. Several years later in 2003 it became the Wild Horse Casino before closing for good in 2008.


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June 19th, 2024 at 7:06:39 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Lilly Belle’s


The Lilly Belle’s casino opened in 1992 and closed in 1994. Since it was mainly a slot parlor, like most early Colorado casinos, the only issued this limited edition design. The graphics were the same on their $5 and $25 chips too. This is easily one of the classic old Colorado Chipco designs.


$1 Lilly Belle’s chip
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June 20th, 2024 at 7:00:58 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk


The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk, commonly called The Lodge was previously listed in the Casino Chip of the Day back in 2013, but only the $5 chip was shown. This casino has a couple unique $1 chips worth mentioning.

The Lodge opened in 1998 and is still in operation today. They issued a $1 Grand Opening chip. These were serialized with each chip’s number engraved into the ceramic. Most numbered chips, especially those engraved ones, will have different artwork on each side. That wasn’t the case with this limited run of 500 Grand Opening chips.


$1 The Lodge Grand Opening chip #085


Their standard $1 house chip had somewhat plain artwork.


$1 The Lodge chip


In 2000, The Lodge issued this 2nd Anniversary limited edition $1 chip with very unusual artwork. 2000 pieces were produced.


$1 The Lodge 2nd Anniversary chip


Then, in 2021, The Lodge replaced their entire ceramic chip rack with this inexpensive plastic model.


$1 The Lodge chip
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June 21st, 2024 at 5:12:17 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Long Branch


The Long Branch casino opened in 1991 and closed in 1994. They operated a sister casino of the same name in Cripple Creek from 1992 to 1994.

Both Long Branch casinos used the industry standard Paulson clay chips with the distinctive hat and cane mold.


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June 22nd, 2024 at 5:13:11 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Long Branch


The Long Branch casino opened in 1992 and closed in 1994. They operated a sister casino of the same name in Central City from 1991 to 1994.

Both Long Branch casinos used the industry standard Paulson clay chips with the distinctive hat and cane mold.


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June 23rd, 2024 at 12:35:08 PM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place


Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place, formerly Pete’s Place, opened in 1995. The casino has long since closed, but not without leaving behind a noteworthy set of $1 chips for collectors.

The first set was a beautiful 5-chip stackable set of $1 chips released in 1996. Each chip depicted a different playing card comprising a spade royal flush. While both sides of the chip had the same artwork, the edges did not. When properly stacked, the edges of the chips displayed each of the four suits as shown below.


$1 Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place 5-chip stackable set



$1 Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place 5-chip set when stacked


In 1997 they released a second 5-chip set of $1 chips. Why so soon after the 1996 set? Perhaps they underestimated the number of chips that would walk out the door and into the hands of collectors. Whatever the reason when this new set was ordered they kept the artwork the same, but replaced the stackable edge design with the year, 1997, in black. Did this make the new set less collectible? Maybe, as when the chips are displayed in a frame the edges cannot be seen. But this didn’t stop many collectors, including me, from picking up this new set.


$1 Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place 5-chip set dated 1997
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June 24th, 2024 at 8:05:49 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Madam June’s


Madam June’s opened in July of 1992 and closed 4 month later in November. Madam June’s, as the name suggests, was reminiscent of an old gold mining town brothel. Aside from the name and décor, there wasn’t much else to the casino, which was predominantly slot machines with a lone black jack table in the back. At least the black jack table necessitated the need for casino chips. This showgirl raising her cocktail glass is one of the more difficult $1 chips to locate.


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June 25th, 2024 at 6:49:07 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Mardi Gras Casino


Mardi Gras Casino opened in 2000 and became the Golden Mardi Gras in 2005, followed by Bally’s North in 2021.


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June 25th, 2024 at 8:36:49 AM permalink
The Lucky Strike set is legitimately cool.
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June 26th, 2024 at 6:56:31 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Maverick’s


Maverick’s casino opened in 1992 and closed in 1998. It then reopened the following year for several months before closing for good in 1999.


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June 27th, 2024 at 9:07:23 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Mountain High


Mountain High casino opened in 2003 before becoming the Ameristar in 2006. They produced Paulson clay chips for their table games. This white $1 chip with its 8 blue inserts was copied by Ameristar, though with the Ameristar inlay. This was done with every denomination to allow both racks to be used simultaneously.


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June 28th, 2024 at 9:55:21 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Nevada House


Nevada House casino opened in December of 1992 and closed in May of 1993. They produced an outstanding Chipco design. This 2-sided chip is highly prized by casino chip collectors and railroad enthusiasts alike. They same can be said for chips from the Silver Hawk casino in Black Hawk.


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June 29th, 2024 at 5:38:50 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Nitro Club


Nitro Club opened in February of 1991 and closed in January of 1993. They were one of the first Colorado casinos and fairly unique as they chose a traditional Paulson clay chip rather than the more common Chipco ceramic chip. The Nitro Club design and denomination are on the inlay, and the chip has a white base with purple and dark purple inserts.


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June 30th, 2024 at 12:41:11 PM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Old Chicago


The Old Chicago casino opened in 1992 and closed in 1998. They produced a set of Chipco ceramic chips with identical artwork.


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July 1st, 2024 at 6:00:16 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: O’Riley’s Casino


O’Riley’s Casino opened in July of 2007 and closed the following month in August of 2007. It left us with this clover Chipco design.


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July 2nd, 2024 at 11:59:58 PM permalink
Category: Cruise ships
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Symphony of the Seas

It's almost 11:59 p.m., so I'm sneaking in a chip!

From June 14–21, 2024, I sailed on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas. I'm a bit "salty" about this chip because in 2015 I sailed on the Independence of the Seas and collected a nice chip, so I was hoping to add another nice one. However, I found that they're now using generic, one-piece Royal Caribbean chips that are the same on both sides. Just one more way, in my mind, for the cruise line to cut costs and raise profits!

The casino highlight was teaching my 18-year-old son how to play craps at the $5 minimum table. He had some beginner's luck, so he was happy to have learned how to play!

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July 3rd, 2024 at 10:09:23 AM permalink
Ya sadly Carnival went the same route a few years ago with the generic chips.
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July 3rd, 2024 at 10:57:19 AM permalink
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Category: Cruise ships
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Symphony of the Seas

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They’ve issued those generic chips in 2 varieties:


$1 Royal Caribbean International chips
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July 3rd, 2024 at 11:05:28 AM permalink
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It's almost 11:59 p.m., so I'm sneaking in a chip!
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Plenty of time!
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July 3rd, 2024 at 5:11:54 PM permalink
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It's almost 11:59 p.m., so I'm sneaking in a chip!
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Plenty of time!
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July 3rd, 2024 at 5:18:29 PM permalink
I’m getting on a Carnival cruise tomorrow, I assume it will be generic chips so nothing new to collect.
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July 3rd, 2024 at 5:27:00 PM permalink
Holland America for me on Saturday. I will report.
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July 4th, 2024 at 5:26:05 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Cripple Creek’s Ore House


Cripple Creek’s Ore House casino, or simply the Ore House, opened in October of 1991 and closed in May of 1992. This is another classic early Colorado design from Chipco.


$1 Ore House chip
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July 4th, 2024 at 5:40:05 AM permalink
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I’m getting on a Carnival cruise tomorrow, I assume it will be generic chips so nothing new to collect.
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Any photos from the last few trips?
(I'll understand if they're not chips or similar and need a different thread...)
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July 5th, 2024 at 4:42:38 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Otto’s


Otto’s opened in October of 1991 and closed in September of 2000. Like many of the early Colorado casinos, Otto’s was just a slot parlor with no need to produce any chips. In fact, Otto’s was just a small slot parlor located inside of the Black Forest Inn. But in 1996 for their 5th anniversary they did decide to commemorate the occasion by producing a limited edition chip.

This Chipco design features a picture of the inn on one side along with the city/state, name, and denomination. The reverse is quite colorful and displays the denomination, full name, city/state, and the 5th anniversary with year.


$1 Otto’s 5th anniversary chip


Almost as an afterthought, Otto’s issued the same chip in a numbered series. The number was engraved on the front of the chip above the Black Forest Inn.


$1 Otto’s 5th anniversary numbered chip #326
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July 6th, 2024 at 4:34:34 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Palace Hotel


The Palace Hotel opened their casino in August of 1992 and closed in 2002. This Chipco design is in gold tones and features a miner dancing with a showgirl. For some reason, the Palace produced an inordinate number of these $1 chips, so when they closed in 2002 the secondary chip collector market was flooded with them. They can still be found available for sale today for only a buck or two.


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July 6th, 2024 at 1:59:52 PM permalink
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I’m getting on a Carnival cruise tomorrow, I assume it will be generic chips so nothing new to collect.
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Any photos from the last few trips?
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Australia/NZ thread never happened and Korea
/japan I never planned on it. Getting lazy in my old age lol
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July 7th, 2024 at 4:20:06 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Central City
Casino: Pete’s Place


The Pete’s Place opened in February of 1993 and closed in December of 1994. It opened as Lucky Strike at Pete’s Place in May of 1995.

As was the case with The Palace casino, the market was flooded with hundreds of $1 Pete’s Place chips when they closed.


$1 Pete’s Place chip
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July 8th, 2024 at 4:57:54 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Cripple Creek
Casino: Phenix House


The Phenix House opened in October of 1991 and closed in March of 1996. It had a long run as one of the original Colorado casinos that opened in 1991 when gaming was approved by the state.

This is one of the classic Colorado Chipco designs with the phoenix rising amid flames.


$1 Phenix House chip
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July 9th, 2024 at 4:51:00 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Prospector


The Prospector casino opened in December of 1991 and closed one year later in December of 1992.

This is one of the classic Colorado Chipco designs with a gold prospector panning at a creek.


$1 Prospector chip
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July 10th, 2024 at 4:03:43 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Red Dolly


The Red Dolly casino opened in May of 1992. Like most of the early Colorado casino, they had no use for $1 chips, but did produce a $5 chip for the lone black jack table. In 1997 they issued a set of limited edition $5 chips. The room removed the black jack table and offered only slots for a few years, only to bring back table games in 2010 for a brief time before removing them the following year.

This Paulson clay chip was issued in 2010 and features a green-purple-orange insert on a white base with the Red Dolly inlay.


$1 Red Dolly chip
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July 11th, 2024 at 6:39:00 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: RichMan


Located at 101 Richman Street, the RichMan casino opened in July of 1992 and closed in November of 2006.

The unique way in which patrons came by this $1 chip made it one of the more valuable $1 Colorado chips. You could not exchange cash for this chip at the black jack table, nor could you buy it from the cage. This chip had to be earned. RichMan would hand out this chip only to their high roller players for frequent play, or your could get your hands on one if you spent $1,000 in the casino. Very odd.

This Chipco design features six gold bars with the denomination, city/state, and casino name in black text. A simple design, but highly sought after by casino chip collectors.


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July 11th, 2024 at 9:19:54 AM permalink
How much did you have to pay in cash or chip value to get this chip?
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July 11th, 2024 at 4:51:10 PM permalink
Alpha, what is the highest denom chip you have in your collection and what would you say is the most valuable chip in your collection?
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July 12th, 2024 at 5:52:08 AM permalink
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I seem to recall that I purchased the $1 Richman chip from an eBay auction. I probably paid between $100 and $150 for it, but that would have been around 2006 judging from the date of the image on my website. I use to keep detailed records of higher end chips that I needed from completed auctions data on eBay, but those records are long gone. The highest I ever paid for a single $1 chip most have been the $1 Gregory Street from Colorado. I think I paid $150 for that chip which I purchased directly from another collector, probably around the same time frame.
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July 12th, 2024 at 6:59:09 AM permalink
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I only collect $1 denomination chips, though I have denominations ranging from 25¢ to $100, and even a 25k tournament chip, among my current and past traders. I haven't kept up with the rising price of some of the old $1 Las Vegas chips in my collection, but I'd suspect that some of them have surpassed the sinking value of some of my rarer $1 Colorado chips.

I'd have to admit that some of the most valuable chips that I've sold are tournament chips.

If I sell/buy/trade chips from individuals I have records going back to June of 2003. Tournament denominations are represented with a T rather than a $. Here are some sales records:

Jul 08 - WSOP T25 & T100 sold for $120
Jul 09 - WSOP T25 & T100 sold for $144 on eBay
Nov 09 - WSOP T25 sold for $190 on eBay
Jun 10 - WSOP T1,000, T500, T100x4, and T25x4 sold for $1,100
Jun 10 - $500 WSOP buy-in chip sold for $525


WSOP Tournament chips circa 2008


The craziest eBay chip sale I had was for the T100 and T500 Venetian chip. The Venetian poker room had just opened the week prior when I was in Las Vegas. This was back in 2006. The huge room was empty except for a couple of tables as few people knew that the room was even opened. They announced that they'd be running a $25 Sit-n-Go, so I joined. Because the room was new, so were the chips. I forget the starting stacks, but we were given T25, T100, and T500 denominations. I considered pocketing a T25 chip if I thought I might be eliminated. But I ran good and knew that if I took one now it would be noticed during the color-up. Once they removed the T25 chips from play the Sit-n-Go ended with just the T100 and T500 chips in play. I ended up winning the Sit-n-Go.

(As a side note, they gave us all very nice looking Venetian ball caps with the same scroll-like logo as were on the chips. The very next day I went to the South Coast, now the South Point, for lunch. They had a great seafood dish served at a diner-style bar. I took my hat off to eat and left without it. I returned a few minutes later once I realized my mistake, but it was gone.)

Anyway, while they were paying out the 2nd place player I attempted to toss the dealer a T100 and ask for a change. I figured that he might fall for it as it would be routine at the cash tables. He made a move towards the green T25 chips in his rack, but stopped himself only to ask me why. I said I’d like a souvenir chip to bring home to remember my victory. He let me know that no tournament chips were allowed to leave the casino. Ok, so on to Plan B. I palmed two T100 and one T500 chip as they were paying me out. I immediately slipped them into my pocket and walked briskly towards the parking garage before anyone noticed the 3 missing chips. Here are images of those chips from the ChipGuide.


Venetian Tournament Chips circa 2006


Once home in Florida, I put the chips up for auction on eBay. I don’t recall what the first T100 chip sold for, but I do remember the T500. There were 2 interested bidders. One of the bidders knew me and I him. As with most eBay auction all of the bids some in at the end of the auction. I was online watching in the closing minutes of the auction. A late bid came in from the guy I knew which jumped up the current price to something like $76. He immediately messaged me saying that he accidentally typed in $260.10 instead of $26.10, asking me if there was something I could do about it. I told him tom wait until the auction ended. Sure enough, with seconds to go the other bidder put in a bid which had the final sale price jump to $265.10. He was relieved and I was delighted! The auction winner not only paid, but must have seen the auction for the T100 that he had missed and asked me if I had another chip to sell, which I did. I see that he sent me another $23.05 via PayPal and now owns both chips. His name was Roger Walker from Ft. Worth, TX. I don’t know if he is still around or if he even is still a casino chip collector, but those were beautiful tournament chips. They replaced that design shortly thereafter. Yup, I ended up making more money by selling those 3 chips than I did from winning the tournament.

I still have 3 WSOP chips in my desk. My wife likes to scrapbook and made a couple nice framed ones for my office that have my WSOP entry fee stubs and WSOP photos (WSOP staff go around at the start of each tournament and take photos of every player, then post them online for sale. Not sure if they still do this or not, but they made for nice keepsakes.) The plan is to eventually add the tournament chips into the frames too.


WSOP Tournament Chips
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July 12th, 2024 at 6:59:28 AM permalink
State: Colorado
City: Black Hawk
Casino: Silver Hawk


The Silver Hawk opened in July of 1992 and closed 4 short months later in November of 1992. This didn’t stop them from producing one of the nicest Chipco designs. The black locomotive set in front of purple mountains under a blue sky is framed by the year the casino opened, 1992, and the city/state. The outer circle has a gray background and black text with the name of the casino. The denomination is in white and almost takes away from the beauty of the design. This chip, along with that from the Nevada House is also highly collectible by train enthusiasts, making both of these chips difficult to obtain.


$1 Silver Hawk chip
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July 12th, 2024 at 7:23:56 AM permalink
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I had also sold this NCV Streak chip for $230. This tiny 36mm chip was among a rack of $1 chips I purchased for face value from a local seller. It was used at a table game called Streak Blackjack.


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