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rdw4potus
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December 12th, 2013 at 9:27:23 PM permalink
State: California
City: San Diego
Casino: Palomar


Today's chip of the day comes from the Palomar card club in San Diego, CA. The Palomar has 11 tables, including 2 PGP tables and 9 poker tables.

Here's a picture of the property:



Palomar was quite spacious and well laid-out. Especially in contrast to the Lucky Lady which I'd visited a couple minutes earlier. I played PGP at Palomar. It was a very fast game, similar to the game at Lucky Lady where nobody really set their hands. I played for a few minutes, lost $60, and headed out.

My chip from Palomar is a yellow Chipco product. It features an image of a 5 card broadway straight. There's a lot of wear, mostly on the edge area but also in the center of each face.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 13th, 2013 at 3:10:27 PM permalink
According to Wikipedia, the Spanish name "Palomar" means "pigeon roost." Strikes me as quite an appropriate name for a card room.
rdw4potus
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December 13th, 2013 at 10:01:46 PM permalink
State: California
City: Paso Robles
Casino: Paso Robles


Today's chips of the day come from the Paso Robles card club in Paso Robles, CA. Paso Robles is in San Luis Obispo county. It's on US101 north of Atascadero. The card club has 3 tables, 1 poker table, 1 BJ table, and 1 3CP table.

Here's a picture of the property:



I reached the card club around 9pm. They were open, but the only people there were the 3 staff members and the corporate player. They were hanging out watching TV and talking about how their poker players hadn't shown up that night. I walked in and they were just giddy to have a player. It was kind of cute. They gave me my choice of playing BJ or playing 3cp. I picked BJ. I cannot stress enough how great the people were at Paso Robles. Again, the staff at the casino were amazing. Really, really great folks. Now, let's talk about the game. It's dealt from an uncut sealed preshuffled shoe. There's a $1 ante, bj pays 1:1, double 9,10,11 only, split 1x, no DAS. I have never seen rules close to that bad, even in charity games. But, boy, were the folks great!

My chips from Paso Robles are Icon products. My $5 chip is purplish. The MOGH calls it "dark red" but I think it's much more like a red/blue mix than a red/black mix. I also have a blue business card chip from the casino. This is where I got the idea for my own business card chips.


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AcesAndEights
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December 14th, 2013 at 4:58:01 PM permalink
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I also have a blue business card chip from the casino. This is where I got the idea for my own business card chips.


Did you start a thread on that? Some day I might want to make my own business card chips...
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December 14th, 2013 at 5:43:46 PM permalink
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I also have a blue business card chip from the casino. This is where I got the idea for my own business card chips.


Did you start a thread on that? Some day I might want to make my own business card chips...



I did! Here's the thread. It was a pretty easy process. I wish I did a couple things differently, but for the most part they've been great.
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December 14th, 2013 at 5:47:11 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.



Wow, I did not know about the name change! From the Maxim, my old stomping grounds, to the Casuarina (Westin) to the Max.

I have some Maxim chips, postcards and soap.

Here's the new $5 chip:

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
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December 14th, 2013 at 9:52:46 PM permalink
State: California
City: Citrus Heights
Casino: Phoenix


Today's chip of the day comes from the Phoenix card club in Citrus Heights, CA. Citrus Heights is a Sacramento suburb and is also home to the Lucky Derby card club. The Phoenix closed their card room earlier this year. It is now just a sports bar, complete with darts, pool, and beer pong.

Here's a picture of the Phoenix:



I played poker at the Phoenix. I didn't stay long, only playing through two rounds of blinds before heading out. I lost $40 during my session. I can see how the poker room at Phoenix would have closed. It was definitely not a focal point of the property. The club opened in 1980 and closed in 2013. Maybe they were sort of resigned to that fate at the time that I visited in 2011.

My chip from Phoenix is a yellow chipco product. There's a little wear, mostly around the edge of each face.

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December 15th, 2013 at 8:25:00 AM permalink
I could use some advice from you folks regarding organization of this thread. When I started it some twenty-one months ago, I really had in mind that it shouldn't be difficult to discuss just one casino and and its chip(s) each day. I did invite others to post their comments and, if they had them, images of other chips from the same casino.

In some cases, and it's not so surprising, people contributed but weren't so Johnny-on-the-spot, so that their chip postings appeared after a few days (or maybe a year) delay. I'm just fine with that.

Also, I noted from the beginning that casinos seem to change names more than rarely. In my collection, and in the way I have handled my posts in this thread, if a casino changed its name, I consider that as equivalent to its being a brand new casino. Examples of that in Las Vegas include Barbary Coast and Bill's Gamblin' Hall, South Coast and South Point, Horseshoe and Binions, etc. Each of those gets its own day and its own place in the directory.

There were also cases where I posted a chip from a casino and noted that the place had operated under another name before I ever got there. In those cases, I often invited people to post right then the images of any chips they had from the previous incarnation, since I didn't know whether we would cover the long-gone establishments otherwise.

With that introduction, my question is how best should we handle cases like two that have come up in just the past few days.

On 12/11/13, rdw4potus posted his chip from the Palace Casino in Lemoore, noting that, "Apparently, this property changed names and chips after my visit. It is now the Tachi Palace Casino."

Right after that post, Konbu posted a reply with his chips from both the Palace and the Tachi (notably with no "Palace" in the name). I asked whether the Tachi deserved its own place in the directory, perhaps with a link to Konbu's post. I didn't get any reply.

Then yesterday, s2dbaker posted a reply to my posting of a Casuarina chip way back in April 2012. In his reply, s2dbaker presented his chip from the Max Casino, which is the new name of the Casuarina.

I certainly like having the Max chip posted in this thread, but I think it would be more consistent if we had that "new" casino presented properly on it's own, not just as the equivalent of a footnote to the Casuarina. Same with the Tachi.

So how should I handle such things? Should the Max now be in the directory with a link to s2dbaker's post? I certainly want to acknowledge the chip and the new casino, and s2dbaker was indeed the first person to post a chip from there.

My only concern is that if I start handling such posts/chips in that way, one day a member may come along and post in a lump his/her collection of twenty chips from casinos we have not yet covered. If I add all of those to the directory, then we sorta lose the theme of having a chip of the day. And that member might post those chips on a day when we have already had another casino covered.

Any suggestions on how best to handle this sort of thing? Maybe I'm just being too nerdy, trying to keep such a thing strictly structured.
Ayecarumba
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December 15th, 2013 at 10:36:00 AM permalink
My suggestion would be to have an index entry for each name. The index can reflect the "changed name to _____ on "date", and "changed name from ____ on "date"", in parentheses after each entry.
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December 15th, 2013 at 10:41:51 AM permalink
Quote: s2dbaker

State: Nevada
City: Las Vegas
Casino: Casuarina


Here's the new $5 chip:



Is it just an optical illusion, or is the insert on the "yellow" side off center?

This is a pretty cool catch if they actually produced only 500 chips for the "Grand Opening". Did they have other "limited edition" $5 chip designs for the grand opening, or were all the others of a standard design?
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