City: Las Vegas
Another day, another dollar.
Sorry. My compulsions would have forced me to use that quip eventually in this thread, so I thought it would be best to get it over with early.
Today we finally get to a casino in Las Vegas, at least according to the wording on the chip. Of course, the Aria, as the only casino to my knowledge in MGM Resorts City Center complex, is south of center on the strip, in Paradise (I think) and well outside of the Las Vegas city limits. This is what I meant in an earlier post of this thread about being a "little loose" with the name of the city in the post header.
Aria opened in December 2009, I believe, and I picked up this souvenir chip in January 2010, the only time I have played the tables there. After about a month of play, the chip is not exactly mint-out-of-the-tray new, but it is in outstanding condition compared to most of my beat-to-smithereens samples. (If I had the resources and inclination to collect $5,000 chips, they probably wouldn't be as filthy and chipped as the ones that I do have.) I like this chip's clean design, the fact that the name of the casino is molded into the chip (a high-class feature, in my opinion), and the nice mix of colors for a "white" chip.
The Aria hotel and casino is situated well back from Las Vegas Boulevard, actually closer to I-15, as the crow flies. I have walked there from the strip, ridden the tram down from Bellagio, and driven to the parking garage between Aria and the Mandarin Hotel. No matter which transportation mode I choose, the Aria seems a little more complex to get to than most other casinos in Las Vegas. And sometimes they even make it a little harder for you: as a comment to a thread here about the nearby Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, I posted
a photo of some amusing signage inside the Aria garage. I suppose that being dropped off at the front door by a limo would be convenient.
I haven't been in the Aria in more than a year, but my residual impression is one of a high-class décor, lighting a little dimmer than I like, and a number of reasonably quiet restaurants, bars, and lounges surrounding the gaming floor, making for an overall pleasant environment. And the only time I gambled there, I broke even exactly (up a souvenir $1 chip), after toking the dealers, which perhaps contributes to an overall pleasant memory.
Edit 5/27/12: Check this post
later in this thread about UV images visible on this and other chips.
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: