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January 8th, 2013 at 1:00:55 PM permalink
Just got a call from the camera repair service. My lens is back from Nikon, so it seems I will be able to pick it up when I get home and get photos of the new chips right away.

In the words of Hannibal Smith, "I love it when a plan comes together."
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January 8th, 2013 at 1:01:37 PM permalink
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Man, I really need to get to Arizona -- those are some nice-looking chips.



And apparently I'll have a lot to do when I return to MS/LA next year! You really should head to AZ. The drives were so beautiful - nothing like 6 hours of driving through cotton fields or anything...
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January 8th, 2013 at 6:08:17 PM permalink
This afternoon I dropped by Margaritaville and the IP to pick up chips. Played craps at both places, breaking even at the first and coming out enough ahead at the IP to pay for dinner for two, wine for my wife, and the tip at their Italian restaurant. That makes six chips added to the collection so far this trip, with one more planned for tomorrow before heading over/down to Florida.

And yes, RDW, yesterday's drive included a lot of pretty but pretty-boring scenery. To make things even worse, I started sneezing a bit on Saturday, and by Sunday night I had worked it up to a full-blown cold. I've got congestion, runny nose, and plenty of body aches. We stopped by a pharmacy during the ride yesterday to stock up on Puffs plus and a decongestant. I suspect I'll be dragging for this entire trip.
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January 8th, 2013 at 9:50:39 PM permalink
State: Arizona
City: Scottsdale
Casino: Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort & Casino


Today's chip comes from Casino Arizona, located at 101 & Mckellips in Scottsdale. I mentioned a couple days ago that Arizona presents a unique challenge in that several chips are shared across casinos. This is the first such example, where I later found the identical chip to be in use at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino, 8 miles farther north on 101. I've been inconsistent in my handling of this situation when it's come up. I have two Wynncore chips, but only one example of each affected chip in most other cases.

Casino Arizona has 930 slots and 48 table games, while Talking Stick has 730 slots and 100 tables. CasinoCity is more clear in this case than it was with Bucky's yesterday - those numbers DO include the poker rooms. I'm not sure why AZ would be the only state where casino city includes poker tables in the count, but that seems to be the case.

I visited both of these casinos as I worked my way north out of town on my way to Prescott. At Casino Arizona, I played BJ for about 45 minutes. The dealer was blindingly beautiful, which made for an error-filled but enjoyable session in which I posted a modest loss. I left when she was tapped off the table. The casino also has 3CP, LIR, PGP, and Casino War in the pit. Only BJ and 3CP were open when I visited at about 10am on a Friday.

I stayed at Talking Stick only long enough to verify that the same chips were in play as were at Casino Arizona, and then I moved on. I didn't note the games in Talking Stick's pit, but I assume it's similar to the offering at their sister property. Talking Stick is a very upscale property, though limits were reasonable (at 11am on a Friday). I hear the spa and hotel there are incredible, and the golf course is world-class.

Both of these casinos are owned and operated by the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Casino Arizona opened in 1998, while Talking Stick Resort added their casino in 2010. I think they must've moved some games from Casino Arizona to Talking Stick when that property opened. CA has a 120,000sqft floor, TS's floor is >200,000sqft. Both had a very low density/utilization-rate - they felt half full and it was sort of surreal being in a casino with few enough machines that I could actually walk around.

My chip looks a lot like a Chipco printing, and Casino Arizona does have a number of Chipco chips listed. However, the mold listed for this series is Icon. I'm not sure if we've seen an Icon chip yet in this thread. The chip also has spotted edge inserts, which the interweb tells me are a security feature.



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January 9th, 2013 at 7:11:44 AM permalink
Another great-looking chip. I am not familiar with Icon chips, and right now I'm not in a position to search for info. Does anyone know about that manufacturer?

This seems like a good situation for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick to use the same chips but with opposite sides of the chip having info/name of different casinos. But they would have to buy new chips. Do these chips look 15 years old, or have they been buying more Casino Arizona chips to use at Talking Stick?

Edit 3/14/13: I finally visited the Talking Stick Casino on 3/3/13. Here is the $1 Casino Arizona chip they were using there.
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January 9th, 2013 at 9:26:11 PM permalink
State: Arizona
City: Tucson
Casino: Casino del Sol


Today's chip of the day comes from the Casino del Sol in Tucson, AZ. The casino is owned and operated by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and opened in 2001. It's 240,000 sqft floor is home to 966 slots and 22 table games. The casino has LIR and PGP, in addition to the standard 3cp and BJ offerings. I'm not sure why the urban AZ casinos are like this, but I can hardly stress enough what a joy it is to sit on a casino floor this spacious. Nobody bumped my seat during my entire playing time in Tucson or Phoenix. On my visit, I played PGP to collect my chip. Five aces went out on this table while I was playing. The envy bonus from that hand made my session come out about even.

I've posted both sides of this Paulson RHC chip. The reverse side, the "Casino of the Sun" side, reflects both the translation of this casino's name and also the name of the sister casino to this property. The second casino (truly named the Casino of the Sun) is currently slots-only. I had a bit of a Laurel & Hardy moment when my GPS failed me and I had to ask for directions. In retrospect, it was pretty embarrassing and almost completely my fault. It went like this (paraphrasing, this all happens 1/2 mile from both casinos):
me: Hey, can you tell me how to get to the Casino del Sol?
gas station guy: (in spanish, pointing) yes, it's over there
me: so the casino of the sun is right over there?
gas station guy: (in english, exasperated) no, the casino of the sun is that way
me: ok....so how do I get to the Casino del Sol?
gas station guy: (in english, a little angry) are you saying that in spanish because I'm hispanic, or do you actually want to go to the Casino del Sol? The Casino of the Sun and the Casino del Sol are two different places, dude...
me: Wait, seriously? Isn't that confusing as hell?
gas station guy: ummm...yes! So, where are you going?





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January 9th, 2013 at 10:20:59 PM permalink
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January 10th, 2013 at 5:30:02 AM permalink
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I've posted both sides of this Paulson RHC chip. The reverse side, the "Casino of the Sun" side, reflects both the translation of this casino's name and also the name of the sister casino to this property.

I thought that I was going to comment that it's interesting to have a bilingual chip.

But the story about getting directions is hilarious!
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January 10th, 2013 at 9:27:05 AM permalink
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State: Arizona
City: Scottsdale
Casino: Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort & Casino



Wow, that is an awesome looking chip. The basket weave pattern, that even extends to the edge inserts, is very detailed.
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January 10th, 2013 at 9:31:35 AM permalink
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State: Arizona
City: Tucson
Casino: Casino del Sol



That is a hilarious story. I wonder why the tribe's name is only printed on one side of the chip, when each side represents a different casino?
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