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s2dbaker
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December 8th, 2013 at 10:20:48 PM permalink
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State: Nevada
City: Las Vegas
Casino: Casuarina




The Casuarina is now The Max. I stopped in at The Westin to get a chip and now they have new chips. I got a "collector's" $5 chip just for getting a replacement player's club card. I couldn't get close enough to the two open tables to ask for a $1 chip. Someone more adventurous will have to do that for this thread. I'll post an image of my "collector's" chip when I get home and scan it. I'll also post the image of the player's club card in the appropriate thread.
Someday, joor goin' to see the name of Googie Gomez in lights and joor goin' to say to joorself, "Was that her?" and then joor goin' to answer to joorself, "That was her!" But you know somethin' mister? I was always her yuss nobody knows it! - Googie Gomez
Doc
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December 9th, 2013 at 5:49:40 AM permalink
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The Casuarina is now The Max.


The Max is on my list of chips to get. My wife and I will make our next visit to Las Vegas in February, and I plan to pick up chips from several places that have opened since our visit last May, possibly including two that my list just says may open "early 2014." Does anyone have good info on when the SLS and the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall are expected to (re)open? Or what the latest plans are for renaming Bill's?
s2dbaker
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December 9th, 2013 at 8:14:13 AM permalink
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The Max is on my list of chips to get. My wife and I will make our next visit to Las Vegas in February, and I plan to pick up chips from several places that have opened since our visit last May, possibly including two that my list just says may open "early 2014." Does anyone have good info on when the SLS and the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall are expected to (re)open? Or what the latest plans are for renaming Bill's?

Bill's looks like it'll be awhile. They are still adding steel I-beams.
Someday, joor goin' to see the name of Googie Gomez in lights and joor goin' to say to joorself, "Was that her?" and then joor goin' to answer to joorself, "That was her!" But you know somethin' mister? I was always her yuss nobody knows it! - Googie Gomez
Ibeatyouraces
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December 9th, 2013 at 8:16:26 AM permalink
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Doc
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December 9th, 2013 at 9:07:36 AM permalink
Thanks for the info. The latest I could find on a Caesars page was a very old reference to "early 2014", with another site claiming that the date was supposed to be March/April prior to dropping the Gansevoort name.

In February, I will definitely pick up chips from Downtown Grand, Max, and Silver Sevens and will have to wait to get the other two on a later visit. Has anyone volunteered to do the planning work on a WoVCon IV? (Not including the European edition.) I haven't heard much from Nareed lately.
rdw4potus
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December 9th, 2013 at 9:05:23 PM permalink
State: California
City: Bishop
Casino: Paiute Palace


Today's chip of the day comes from the Paiute Palace casino in Bishop, CA. Bishop is a very touristy little town in Eastern CA. It has relatively easy access to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Death Valley parks, in addition to several State parks, National Forests, and recreation areas in CA and NV. Paiute Palace has 345 slots and 6 tables on 16,000 very smoky square feet of gaming space.

Here's a picture of the property:



I visited Bishop on the 3rd of 5 chip collecting trips to CA, which was in the days immediately preceding the second Wovcon. I flew into LAX and drove through central and southern (inland) CA, then headed up 395 and crossed into NV through the Inyo national forest before heading down to Vegas. I spent the night in Bishop at the Comfort Inn. Many hotels in Bishop appear less-than-nice, or at least less-than-meticulously maintained. I guess that's because there are no other lodging options anywhere remotely close to town. Like, driving 150 miles up to Reno, down to Ridgecrest, or across Yosemite to Modesto are the next-closest options. I thought the Comfort Inn was pretty much at-level, which was a pleasant surprise. I grabbed a to-go meal from Denny's and hung out in the room for a bit catching up work before heading to the casino. One thing I noticed about Bishop...since it's so isolated, and such a tourist trap, gas prices were insane. At the time, gas in LA was $4.25, gas in vegas was about $3.50, and gas in Bishop was $5.90. Yes, that's $5.90. I suppose the amount of diesel required to drive the unleaded to Bishop does necessitate at least a small cost premium but that was excessive.

I've since visited the area one more time, though I didn't make it far enough north to go to Bishop itself. I want to see the Methuselah Tree, and I've struck out twice now. The entrance to the grove in which the tree lives is at the top of CA168 as it crosses the Inyo National Forest between CA and NV. I went once in May, and the road to the grove was closed because of snow (it's at about 10,000 feet). I went again in late August, and the road was closed because of fire risk. One day, maybe I'll succeed in my quest to see an ugly, scraggly, 5,000 year old tree.

Paiute Palace was an interesting casino. It's small, and quite quaint. There's a strong lodge theme, especially indoors. The casino, which opened in 1996, felt a bit dated. It also was pretty hilariously smoky. I didn't even want to put my clothes back in my suitcase after my visit. There were so few people in the casino, they almost have to have had a closed air circulation system with no outdoor exchange at all. I played BJ at Paiute Palace. They also have UTH and card roulette. The game moved quickly, which worked well since I didn't want to be there any longer than I needed to be. I cashed out $50 after 1 shoe and went back to the hotel (after stopping at Walgreens to buy Febreeze).

My chip from Paiute Palace is a red RT Plastics mold. It has a very unique sort of crown or comb shaped patter on the edge inserts. Fittingly, the chip features an image of a mountain, which is what you'd see looking in any of at least 3 directions from Bishop.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
rdw4potus
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December 10th, 2013 at 8:38:50 PM permalink
State: California
City: Hayward
Casino: Palace


Today's chip of the day comes from the Palace card club in Hayward, CA. Hayward is between Oakland and San Jose, where the San Mateo bridge runs into I-880. Palace has about a dozen tables, including poker, PGP, and blackjack.

Here is a picture of the property:



I have a theory about hotels that I've shared on here before. The basic premise is that hotels with words like quality, comfort, affordable, etc. in the name usually lack those attributes. (note: I'm a fan of and frequent guest at these chains. I just think it's silly to be Quality Inn when the selling point is a $59/night price and not actually quality at all) There's a corollary that applies to ethnic restaurants: "A #1 chinese fancy buffet" was maybe the worst restaurant that I've ever been to. And now I think there may be another corollary that applies to casinos. The Palace was a pretty depressingly rundown place, as the pic shows.

The Palace has PGP (actually, double-hand poker. Is the PGP name trademarked?) but the min was $25 so I played $10 BJ instead. I'm not sure that was a smart choice. I lost my $60 at the BJ table pretty fast, and the PGP table had a nice little run. Of course, being at that table could have changed the deal randomization and altered the events there. At any rate, I stayed for about 20 minutes and then headed out.

My chip from the Palace is a black Paulson LCV. The MOGH also shows an SCV version of the same chip. The chip has a little bit of wear, but it cleaned up pretty well when I scrubbed my chips last Spring.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
Doc
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December 10th, 2013 at 10:07:06 PM permalink
When I attempted to edit post #1 of this thread, to add the Palace chip to the directory, I encountered an error message that I have been dreading for the past six months: "Your post is too long, please shorten it."

It seems that posts are limited to 65,000 characters, and the software prohibits posts that are getting too close to that limit. I had first encountered this problem on May 15, 2013, and JB had made some very useful contributions that reduced the number of characters needed to create the tables and links in that directory. That gave us about a 42% capacity boost for that post, but I knew that it was just a delaying tactic.

That added capacity has now been used up, so this evening I split the directory into two parts. Part 2 follows Part 1 by just a few lines, with only one short post intervening, so I think this solution works rather well, though it required a little subterfuge. Those of you who follow this thread might take a look back at the directory and let me know what you think of this method of dealing with the imposed limitations.
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December 11th, 2013 at 1:01:04 AM permalink
Would look better if TIMSPEED's post wasn't there but it's the best solution.
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AcesAndEights
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December 11th, 2013 at 7:04:40 AM permalink
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Would look better if TIMSPEED's post wasn't there but it's the best solution.


Yeah I think it looks fine, Doc.
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