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September 25th, 2013 at 1:57:47 PM permalink
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Well, rdw, you definitely need to schedule another tour of NW Nevada. Right now, I am at Casino West in Yerington. The tables are closed, but I bought a $1 token from the cashier and played $1 through a nickel VP machine; i.e., the current I-really-played-there technique.

The news that justifies your tour and return here is that Casino West has been bought out by Pioneer Crossing, opening under that name as of Oct. 1. All old chips are to be redeemed by Sep. 30. The cashier thinks that Pioneer Crossing will be operating the BJ and poker tables with their own new chips. Afraid I won't be back this way any time soon, but here's another opportunity for you!



At least there's two casinos up that way to collect, then. And maybe the new owners of the former Terrible's property in Dayton will put the tables back in there eventually, too. How does Mrs. Doc feel about Yerington?
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September 25th, 2013 at 8:30:38 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Devol
Casino: Comanche Red River


Today's chip of the day comes from the Comanche Red River casino in Devol and/or Randlett, OK. The casino is approximately halfway between the two towns, on US70 just off of I-44 north of Wichita Falls, TX. The chip doesn't list a location, and Casino City and the MOGH disagree about the city in the address. The casino's website lists Devol, so I went with that. The casino has a 52,500 sqft gaming floor with 1,100 machines and 8 tables.

I had a difficult time figuring out the Red River ante situation. I'd just come from Lawton, where they'd offered to waive the ante on their games. The folks at Red River looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked if they could do that. Their rules were great, including top pay tables on UTH and 3CP. But both games were unplayable (and largely unplayed) because of the ante. With Lawton just up the road and a couple other casinos so close, it seemed odd that they wouldn't/couldn't eliminate the ante to be more competitive. As it was, I played very briefly and left.

Red River is a pretty casino. This is another situation where the actual pictures aren't very good. But here's an artists rendition that is pretty good:



My chip from Comanche Red River is another chip fro RT Plastics. It seems like the various manufacturers have pockets of strength throughout the country, and southern OK is RT Plastics' area of strength. This chip features an image of a spade, which contains the same image of a horserider that the Comanche Lawton chip from yesterday showed.



I noticed something kind of embarrassing today. After my travel-related absence, I never finished Michigan's chips. After Doc admirably filled in, I moved on to new states even though there were two more chips from MI to share. So, after OK, the new plan is to return to MI for 2 days before moving on to a new state.
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September 25th, 2013 at 10:03:45 PM permalink
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How does Mrs. Doc feel about Yerington?


She offered no complaints, though she wouldn't want to live there -- too far away from most everything. For my part, about the only time I had ever heard of Yerington was that minor mention in the lovely song "Darcy Farrow."

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I noticed something kind of embarrassing today. After my travel-related absence, I never finished Michigan's chips. After Doc admirably filled in, I moved on to new states even though there were two more chips from MI to share. So, after OK, the new plan is to return to MI for 2 days before moving on to a new state.


And you thought it was easy to keep things organized in the lead roll for this thread! ;-)

When I get home, I'll post images of my new $1 chips/tokens from NV casinos that you covered during one of my temporary absences from the lead roll. It would be nice if you could append a link in your old posts to point to the corresponding images.
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September 25th, 2013 at 10:12:01 PM permalink
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September 26th, 2013 at 7:06:46 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Quapaw
Casino: Downstream


Today's chip of the day comes from the Downstream casino in Quapaw, OK. Downstream is one of the more uniquely located casinos I've ever visited. The exit off of the highway is in Missouri, the road to the casino and much of the parking lot is in Kansas, and the casino and hotel are in Oklahoma. So, it's a situation where approaching the casino means driving through 3 states in the course of 1,000 feet. The casino has 70,000 sqft on its gaming floor, with 2,000 slots and 50 tables. The casino is only a handful of miles from Joplin, MO, which is where much of its draw likely comes from.

Downstream is a big and imposing place. It was the first OK casino that I visited as I drove down from KC, and it was not at all what I was expecting. It sure was easy to find from the highway! There's nothing around it, so it really stands out. Here's a picture:



I played BJ to get my chip from Downstream. They're a place where having a players club card means not paying an ante. They did a great job of advertising and advising about that point, so I got a card first and then approached the table. The system was a little odd - I had to set my card in front of me on the table as a marker to avoid the ante. This is the first time I've ever been allowed, let alone required, to set anything on the table in front of me during game play. I think whatever the primary system is for this was not functioning during my visit.

My chip from Downstream is a Chipco product. There's a good bit of wear, and the printing on both faces is a bit fuzzy as well. There's a textured pattern on each face, but especially in the first image you can see the presence of wear and lack of crispness in the inlay area. For a casino that is so high quality, this chip feels out-of-place.

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September 27th, 2013 at 8:06:15 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Newkirk
Casino: First Council


Today's chip of the day comes from the First Council casino in Newkirk, OK. According to Casinocity, the casino has 1,400 slots and 8 tables. Newkirk is a small town just east of I-35, just south of Wichita, KS. When I visited, it was clear that Kansas Star had taken a bite out of First Council's market share.

First Council is small enough that its tables are not open 24/7. That bit me on my trip to OK, as I arrived after the tables had closed for the night. That caused me to return to town the next day to collect my chip. I was frustrated about that at the time, but having that delay caused me to spend more time at each casino on that second day and that was fun. The delay caused me to spend time walking around First Council, which really is a beautiful little casino. I found a good picture for this one, which shows a shot of both the inside and outside in one edited image. I really like the woodwork inside.



I played BJ at First Council to collect my chip. I bought in for $60 and cashed out after about 30 minutes with $110. There was no ante of any kind required. Later, when I got to Kansas Star, I got into it with a floorperson who was openly lying about the ante situation at First Council. Let me take a sentence here to say kudos to First Council for not charging an ante and shame on Kansas Star for resorting to lying about First Council in an effort to scare players into avoiding that casino.

My chip from First Council is a Chipco product. This chip does have a bit of an intentional white line around the edge, and it doesn't have much visible wear at all. There's an odd fuzzy white are in the middle of the spade image, which appears on the MOGH's image as well.

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September 28th, 2013 at 9:24:53 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Lawton
Casino: Fort Sill Apache


Today's chip of the day comes from the Fort Sill Apache casino in Lawton, OK. The MOGH shows that the casino has changed its name to simply Apache Casino, though no new chips are displayed. Regardless of the name, the casino is very close to Fort Sill and there were plenty of military folks at the casino when I stopped in. Casino City says that the casino has 23,500 sqft of gaming space with 800 slots and 9 tables. Like Comanche's casino in Lawton, it is small but not cramped.

I played BJ at Fort Sill Apache. I don't have any notes about an ante, but I know I played for about 90 minutes and I don't think I'd have done that if there was a per-hand fee. My notes show that I had a whopping $30 win over my 90 minute session.

Fort Sill Apache is a simple but well-kept property. Here's a picture of the outside:



My chip from Fort Sill Apache is a Chipco product. It has an intentional white line around the edge, and a bit of edge wear as well. The MOGH shows that this series was issued in 2008 and, for the most part, this chip is in pretty good shape.

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September 29th, 2013 at 8:34:32 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Grove
Casino: Grand Lake


Today's chip of the day comes from the Grand Lake casino in Grove, OK. Grove is located on the Grand Lake o' the Cherokees in northeastern Oklahoma, and the casino is named for the lake. Ironically, the casino is operated by the Seneca-Cayuga tribe of Iroquois Indians. According to Casinocity, Grand Lake has 45,000 sqft of gaming space with 841 machines and 8 tables. Grand Lake o' the Cherokees is a vacation area, and Grove - and this casino - benefit from that draw.

Grove was an interesting place. The lake is not at all regularly shaped, and much of Grove is along the shore. The result is that many roads are not straight, and/or do not go through. It's a nice little town, and the casino was not overwhelming to the rest of the townscape. The casino does sort of sprawl, but it does not have much height. Here's a picture of the casino property:



I played BJ at Grand Lake to collect my chip. I don't have any notes about the ante situation, but I didn't play long and my notes say I lost $24. Maybe I had a BJ or tipped a white for a drink or something, but that number suggests that an ante may also have been charged. Really, given the vacation resort nature of the property and of the area, it probably makes sense that there would be sub-prime rules.

My chip from Grand Lake is a Chipco product. There's some edge wear, but it's in relatively good shape. I'm not sure what the image in the center of the chip is supposed to be, but it's repeated across the property. The Script-style name from the chip is also repeated on-property. I think this is another good blend of style and legibility.

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September 29th, 2013 at 11:38:36 PM permalink
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State: Oklahoma
City: Grove
Casino: Grand Lake


...I'm not sure what the image in the center of the chip is supposed to be, but it's repeated across the property.



It looks like a sunny side up fried egg.
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September 30th, 2013 at 8:50:54 PM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Wyandotte
Casino: Indigo Sky


Today's chip of the day comes from the Indigo Sky casino in Wyandotte, OK. The Indigo Sky opened when Bordertown closed in mid-2012. I visited Indigo Sky in December of 2012, and most of the signage in town still pointed to the (closed) Bordertown location and not to the Indigo Sky location up the road. Wyandotte is north of Grove, in far northeastern OK. It's definitely on the Neosho River. I'm not sure if it's technically on the northern shore of Grand Lake o' the Cherokees , or if the river is not dually named at this point. At any rate, it's a tiny and vacation oriented town. Indigo Sky has 1,270 slots and 22 tables on a 45,000 sqft gaming floor.

It took me a while to find Indigo Sky. The casino is much closer to Seneca, MO than it is to Wyandotte, OK. Signs in Seneca were crap, and Garmin didn't have the address in their system. Google Maps on my phone worked for showing the location, but service was so spotty that navigation didn't work. I finally gave up on the tech and used logic to find the address. In the end, it was much easier than I was making it - the casino was just a little farther out of town than I'd expected. It certainly helped that it was night and this was a giant and bright building. Here's a picture of the casino's entrance from the highway:



I thought Indigo Sky was a very pretty casino. It was so new when I visited that everything was quite pristine. I don't know how it'll age, but when I visited it reminded me a lot of the M and Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Everything is very sleek and modern, with very interesting lighting and seating choices throughout. Interior pictures of casinos are always sketchy, but here's a decent one of the cafe/lobby area of Indigo Sky:



My chip from Indigo Sky is a Paulson RHC. It features a portrait of a native american individual, and features the name Bluejacket. The casino is owned by the Shawnee tribe, and there was a Bluejacket who rather violently attempted to protect and preserve the Tribe's land in Ohio. I'm not sure if this refers to the war chief, or if there's a different and likely more modern Bluejacket.

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