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December 17th, 2013 at 8:13:11 PM permalink
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So is the new name "Tachi" or "Tachi Palace"?



It's actually pretty clever what they've done. The word Palace actually is on the chip, right between the "Tachi" and the "Hotel".
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December 17th, 2013 at 8:37:56 PM permalink
State: California
City: Rancho Cordova
Casino: Rancho's Club


Today's chip of the day comes from the Rancho's Club in Rancho Cordova, CA. Rancho Cordova is in the Sacramento metro area. The city is also home to the Cordova club. So, Rancho Cordova has two card clubs, the Rancho and the Cordova. Sweet! Rancho's Club has about 10 tables. In addition to poker, they spread blackjack, baccarat, and something called double hand marquez. Double hand poker is non-proprietary PGP, but I'm not sure what the marquez twist to the game is.

Here is a picture of the property:



I thought Rancho's was about 1 step below Cordova Club in terms of quality. Neither is great, and neither is awful. The poker area at Rancho's was very heavily populated. But, the bj ad bacc tables were wide open. I changed things up a bit and played bacc to collect my chip. Sadly, my change of game didn't change my luck. I lost $60 in about 15 minutes. I think at this point I was down about $500 for the day. That just isn't supposed to happen with a $60 loss limit and $40 win limit and 20 sessions per day. But, I dipped at least that low on 2 of my 4 trips to CA. On this one, I rebounded well. On the one to the central part of the state, things got pretty hairy.

My chip from Rancho's is a red Bud Jones product. The center section is a very cool, stylized depiction of the city. The Bud Jones "BJ" is at about the 3:30 position on the chip.

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December 17th, 2013 at 9:08:29 PM permalink
Dumping my chips from CA card rooms. Not much to add except to say that RDW was completely right about the folks from Paso Robles. I collected many of these chips on a drive in May to Paso Robles for a wedding. It is very rare for a SoCal resident to venture north of Los Angeles, trips east or South are far more common. I stopped at many casinos on my way up that day and I arrived at the Motel 6 I was staying at to find that the Paso Robles Casino was literally in the parking lot of my motel. (I would not normally stay at a Motel 6 but there was a wine festival in town the weekend of the wedding and prices were sky high. I actually had to pay more than $100 a night for my room at the Motel 6!!!!). I wandered over to the casino and the only open table on a Saturday am was a NL Texas Hold Them tournament with about 8 (gr8) players. The staff was a supervisor, dealer, bartender, and cage. Not sure how it is a profitable business model to have 4 staff and 8 players but it must work for them. I sat at the bar, ordered a beer and watched the action while all the employees (but the dealer) chatted with me. I remember them being extremely friendly and charming people. The BJ would not be open until 4pm and the wedding began at 5 so that was out of the question. They could not have been more friendly though, they actually offered to open the game for me but that would have involved someone driving in and I would have felt obligated to give them a lot more than $40 in action if they did that so I declined. They happily sold me a chip and gave me the chip business card RDW posted. What a pleasant experience.



The only chip that is significantly different on the reverse is the Hustler chip:


It was this thread that inspired my chip collecting. Thanks again Doc and RDW.
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December 18th, 2013 at 10:10:57 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

It's actually pretty clever what they've done. The word Palace actually is on the chip, right between the "Tachi" and the "Hotel".


Obviously, I didn't read the fine print!

Nevertheless, the Tachi Palace is now in the thread index, with a link to Konbu's revised post. Thanks, Konbu. Haven't yet heard from s2dbaker.


And thanks also to bigfoot66 for that set of $1 chips. Nice addition to the thread.
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December 18th, 2013 at 7:50:27 PM permalink
State: California
City: Placerville
Casino: Redhawk


Today's chip of the day comes from the Redhawk casino in Placerville, CA. Placerville is due East of Sacramento on US50, right on the edge of the Eldorado National Forest. Redhawk has 2,100 slots and 66 tables on a 88,000 sqft gaming floor. The casino has a very wide variety of games: card craps, card roulette, blackjack, Switch, baccarat (including midi), 3 card poker, 4 card poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Let It Ride, and Pai Gow Poker.

The valet area at Redhawk is really something to see, especially when the roadway is wet and it's dusk. Here's a promotional picture that happens to capture those elements perfectly:



I'm not quite sure what Redhawk's target market is, exactly. It's close to Sacramento, but it's not the closest casino to town (and there are card clubs in the city). It's close to Eldorado and the tourism/recreation there, but so is South Lake Tahoe and I hear there are a couple casinos there. I guess, wherever Redhawk's draw comes from, it's an above average resort/casino with a kind of cool funky lodge theme. It's sort of 1 part modern sleek and 1 part lodge, combine in an 88,000 square foot space and garnish with kitsch.

I played PGP at Redhawk. The joker was partially wild. My very first hand was (in order) *AAA444. That's a great hand, but I really wish fours looked less like aces. I about wet myself 3 times as I fanned the cards out. As it was, the payout on the quads really helped me bounce back from the hole I'd fallen into throughout the day. I played maybe 5 or 6 more hands and then cashed out up $400 for the session.

My chip from Redhawk is a red Paulson RHC. The casino's logo is an RH with a backwards R, so that the vertical stroke is also the left side of the H. As a child of the '80s, I can't look at a backwards R without thinking of Toys'R'Us so this is a bit odd for me.

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December 18th, 2013 at 8:46:07 PM permalink
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It's close to Eldorado and the tourism/recreation there, but so is South Lake Tahoe and I hear there are a couple casinos there.


Nah, no casinos in South Lake Tahoe. They're all across the street in Stateline, NV, though the chips tend to say "Lake Tahoe" just as those from Paradise say "Las Vegas."
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December 18th, 2013 at 11:42:12 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

State: California
City: Placerville
Casino: Redhawk



Here is my chip from Redhawk. It seems odd to me as the denomination is centered between the dollar sign and the "1", rather than just the number.



The wings remind me of an album cover from the '70's rock band Journey. Instead of the "RH", do you see an, "Old Tymie" moustache on a backward "P"?
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December 19th, 2013 at 12:07:40 AM permalink
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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.



My understanding is that the owner of Lucky Derby purchased the Phoenix license as is planning to merge his two licenses into a larger casino. I actually really liked playing the table games there, very friendly place. They were the most relaxed casino I've ever been to, the dealers were openly betting out of their racks while also dealing!
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December 19th, 2013 at 4:24:36 AM permalink
Ayecarumba posted his so I won't post my $1 chip. I like the Red Hawk. It's fairly big and has many tables. And the self-serve soft drink/coffee station is nice because I hate waiting for service. My first and so far the only experience of card craps was here. There are Asian buses coming from Oakland chinatown and I believe it's like $5 or $10 ride with matchplay/slotplay back. Now with what I am sure is fierce competition from Graton in Rohnert Park I think the buses need to be free (plus match plays of course) to lure people there haha
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December 19th, 2013 at 7:56:06 PM permalink
State: California
City: San Pablo
Casino: San Pablo Lytton


Today's chip of the day comes from the San Pablo Lytton casino in San Pablo, CA. San Pablo is North of Oakland, across the San Francisco Bay from San Rafael, CA. The geography is a bit odd, as San Pablo is bordered on all sides by the city of Richmond. The casino has 1,300 slots adn 12 tables on a 31,500 sqft gaming floor. It is quite crowded, but it's easy to understand the desire to put as many slots as possible in a casino this close to the population centers of the Bay Area. The casino has baccarat, blackjack, 3 card poker, pai gow tiles, and pai gow poker in addition to their poker tables.

Here's a picture of the property:



The casino has a very strong southwest feel. This is what I thought the casinos in New Mexico would look like, but for the most part they don't. It's a fine casno, but it's a little odd to see a property styled this way right in the middle of town. The casino opened in 2005, and it's been fighting for the right to expand pretty much ever since. Those efforts have been continually rebuffed, which is a shame because it's pretty cramped feeling inside.

I played BJ at San Pablo Lytton. I had a very Aceofspades session. I'd think I was doing well hitting to 19 and 20, only to be out pipped by the dealer every time. I did win a couple times, but mostly I had good hands and lost. Within 1 shoe, I'd lost my $60 buyin.

My chip from San Pablo Lytton is a yellow Bud Jones product. Yellow is a somewhat unique color for a tribal casino, but I suppose this offsets some red chips from the card clubs in the area.



(edit: Now with chip images included)
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