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December 24th, 2013 at 10:08:48 PM permalink
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Are there images of different hands on the various values of chips? I ask because the hand on the sign in the photo above appears to be a royal flush.


All of their $1, $2, and $5 chips shown on the MOGH site have the A-5 sf on the inlay, except the few that have a completely different logo -- no royal flush designs shown there.
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December 26th, 2013 at 11:29:40 PM permalink
State: California
City: Lodi
Casino: Wine Country


Today's chip of the day comes from the Wine Country card club in Lodi, CA. Lodi is between Stockton and Sacramento at the north end of California's Central Valley. That isn't the first area in CA that I think of when wine comes to mind, but there are many wineries in the area. The cardclub has about 20 tables, including baccarat, pai gow poker, 3 card poker, blackjack, and texas hold'em.

Here's a picture of the property:



I played blackjack at Wine Country. It was a great game. Fast, fun, friendly...if it weren't for the ante, it might have been an ok place to play regularly. As it was, I was happy to play a few dozen hands, lose a few dozen dollars, and chat with the dealer and corporate player for a while.

This casino was the northern-most point that I hit on my loop from San Diego to San Jose and back. A couple days later, I flew to San Fran and then drove to Sacramento, passing within a few miles of this club. Part of the problem with planning multiple trips to the same area to collect chips is that this situation occasionally comes up - an arbitrary line means that some locations could fit into more than one day's journey. It does sort of hurt to know that 1,000 miles were driven in the 36 hours before that near-visit, and yet the casino was only 10 miles away on that day.

My chip from Wine Country is a brown Sunfly mold from the Blue Chip Company. The chip features an image of grapes, which I suppose serves to drive home the whole wine country thing.



This is the last chip in my collection from CA, which means that tomorrow will start a new state. I think that Iowa is the only state left in my collection (save for a handful of newly collected chips from a variety of states), so tomorrow's chip will start a series of entries from Iowa.
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December 27th, 2013 at 1:32:23 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

State: California
City: Chula Vista
Casino: Village Club


Today's chip of the day comes from the Wine Country card club in Lodi, CA. Lodi is between Stockton and Sacramento at the north end of California's Central Valley. That isn't the first area in CA that I think of when wine comes to mind, but there are many wineries in the area. The cardclub has about 20 tables, including baccarat, pai gow poker, 3 card poker, blackjack, and texas hold'em.

Here's a picture of the property:



I played blackjack at Wine Country. It was a great game. Fast, fun, friendly...if it weren't for the ante, it might have been an ok place to play regularly. As it was, I was happy to play a few dozen hands, lose a few dozen dollars, and chat with the dealer and corporate player for a while.

This casino was the northern-most point that I hit on my loop from San Diego to San Jose and back. A couple days later, I flew to San Fran and then drove to Sacramento, passing within a few miles of this club. Part of the problem with planning multiple trips to the same area to collect chips is that this situation occasionally comes up - an arbitrary line means that some locations could fit into more than one day's journey. It does sort of hurt to know that 1,000 miles were driven in the 36 hours before that near-visit, and yet the casino was only 10 miles away on that day.

My chip from Wine Country is a brown Sunfly mold from the Blue Chip Company. The chip features an image of grapes, which I suppose serves to drive home the whole wine country thing.



This is the last chip in my collection from CA, which means that tomorrow will start a new state. I think that Iowa is the only state left in my collection (save for a handful of newly collected chips from a variety of states), so tomorrow's chip will start a series of entries from Iowa.


The header needs to be corrected. Thanks for the tour de Cali.
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December 27th, 2013 at 6:34:57 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

The header needs to be corrected.


Yep. I've added that chip/casino/post to the thread directory as "Wine Country".

I know that rdw4potus had some travel planned during these holidays -- isn't he always traveling? Anyway, we didn't get a new chip posted on Christmas Day and had an error in constructing the latest post. I suspect that somebody had a typically hectic holiday week and will soon get back into a routine.

;-)
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December 27th, 2013 at 8:29:40 PM permalink
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Yep. I've added that chip/casino/post to the thread directory as "Wine Country".

I know that rdw4potus had some travel planned during these holidays -- isn't he always traveling? Anyway, we didn't get a new chip posted on Christmas Day and had an error in constructing the latest post. I suspect that somebody had a typically hectic holiday week and will soon get back into a routine.

;-)



I really thought I had yesterday's post down well. I wrote that from my phone (which is, frustratingly, easier than working from my tablet). Now I'm still traveling but back to working from my laptop.
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December 27th, 2013 at 9:27:24 PM permalink
State: Iowa
City: Council Bluffs
Casino: Ameristar


Today's chip of the day comes from the Ameristar casino in Council Bluffs, IA. Council Bluffs is the primary suburb of Omaha, and is located on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. Ameristar has 1,584 machines and 22 tables on a 38,500 square foot gaming floor. It's pretty crowded, though I don't think it's quite as tight as that sounds. Like most non-tribal non-racino properties in Iowa, Ameristar's casino is on a boat. The casino has a very large assortment of games: blackjack, Caribbean Stud, let it ride, 3 card poker, 4 card poker, pai gow poker, craps, roulette, ultimate texas holdem, and texas holdem bonus.

Here's a picture of the property:



I've been to Ameristar about 10 times. I like the casino, but I've never stayed in the hotel. At my old company, we used to have a tradition: go to the mandatory winter-preparation meeting for the gas pipeline in Omaha, go to Ameristar, drink & lose money. I don't know why we never went to either of the other casinos in Council Bluffs, but Ameristar was always the casino of choice on those trips.

I think this was the first chip I added to my collection from outside of Minnesota. That'd make it chip number 9 or 10 in the collection. I played BJ to collect the chip. My coworkers and I played for a couple hours. They're recreational players, and they all won while I lost. Those jackasses still mock me for that. If I'd stayed on those 16s, not doubled those 9s, stayed on soft 18, I could have won too!! Ameristar is a relatively easy casino in which to place new games. I know this is the first place I played Texas Shootout, and I think this is also the first place I played Rabbit Hunter Stud. Both games have now rotated out of Ameristar's offerings.

My chip from Ameristar is a Paulson RHC. It's in pretty good shape, with minimal grime and a fairly sharp edge.

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December 28th, 2013 at 5:49:46 AM permalink
Ah, a brand new state for this thread! We haven't had a new state since Oklahoma, back in September. We got all the way through autumn without a new one.
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December 28th, 2013 at 7:33:53 PM permalink
State: Iowa
City: Burlington
Casino: Catfish Bend


Today's chip of the day comes from the Catfish Bend casino in Burlington, IA. Burlington is on the Mississippi River, south of the Quad Cities and west of Peoria, IL. Catfish Bend has about 640 machines and 24 tables. The casino has a wide variety of games for its size, and offers blackjack, spanish 21, 3 card poker, 4 card poker, pai gow poker, ultimate texas hold'em, craps, e-roulette, and mississippi stud.

Here's a picture of the casino:


My visit to Catfish Bend was pretty frustrating. First, I'd planned on attending a PGA tour event in the Quad Cities with a customer. My customer had the tickets and backed out at the last minute due to a family tragedy. So I had to find something else to do while I was in town. Perhaps not surprisingly, I spent the time visiting casinos in IA and IL. At the time, the American Casino Guide was my primary source of information for organizing these trips. The ACG listed Catfish Bend as being in Fort Madison and not in Burlington. While that used to be the case, the casino moved some time ago to Burlington on a permanent basis. On the day of my visit, I drove to Fort Madison, saw the abandoned boat there, and started driving back to the Quad Cities. That drive brought me through Burlington via the road that the casino happened to be on. So I stopped in and grabbed a chip. And then, on my way out of town, I apparently sped by driving 57 in a 35. My ticket came with photos from a traffic camera and was delivered from a processing center in White Plains, NY. Apparently, there is one member of the Burlington Police Department who is physically located in New York and who reviews and signs tickets for these traffic offenses.



My chip from Catfish Bend is a red Paulson RHC. It has the Burlington location on one side and the Fort Madison location on the other side. There's a lot of edge wear, but the inserts are fairly clean. There's a bit of color transfer between the inserts from when I cleaned the chip last spring.



Note on why this is today's chip: I'm traveling, and apparently the only copies of my chips from the Argosy in Sioux City are on my other computer. I'll have to circle back to that casino later...
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December 29th, 2013 at 11:34:35 PM permalink
State: Iowa
City: Dubuque
Casino: Diamond Jo


Today's chip of the day comes from the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, IA. Dubuque is due east of Waterloo, IA, and is located at the IA/WI/IL tri-border. Diamond Jo is a riverboat and has 38,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,000 slots and 20 tables. The casino has blackjack, craps, roulette, 3 card poker, 4 card poker, and pai gow poker.

Here's a picture of the property:



I visited Diamond Jo in the summer of 2011. I flew from Minneapolis to Omaha, then drove a big loop from Omaha to Dubuque to the Quad Cities and back to Omaha. I'm not very clear on the gaming rules in Iowa. Specifically, I don't understand the boat/land-based rules. Clearly, tribal and racino locations can be land-based. This property is very obviously a boat. But, I think it's sister property (tomorrow's chip of the day) is land based. Both Diamond Jo properties are owned by Boyd, and new chips with the B Connected logo were issued after my visits. I guess I'll have to tour rural Iowa again one of these days.

I played PGP to collect my chip. The session was pretty unremarkable - I won $40 in 20 minutes of play - but I suppose it's worth noting that this is one of the only times when I've seen a player who was seriously banking. He must've had $10k in front of him and he was begging for action against him. I sat with him and let him bank in turn. I don't think my green action was what he was hoping for, but I don't know that he'd have found much black PGP play in Dubuque, IA.

My chip from the Diamond Jo in Dubuque is a Paulson RHC. The chip has quite a bit of edge wear, but it's mostly clean. The reversed canes are aligned with the green edge inserts.

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December 30th, 2013 at 11:18:34 PM permalink
State: Iowa
City: Northwood
Casino: Diamond Jo


Today's chip of the day comes from the Diamond Jo casino in Northwood, IA. Northwood is a very small town near the MN/IA border just east of I-35. Diamond Jo features a 38,700 square foot gaming floor with 975 slots and 20 tables. The casino has blackjack, craps, roulette, ultimate texas hold'em, mississippi stud, and 3 card poker.

Here's a picture of the property:



Yep, that's a casino that is specifically themed to look like a rusted barn. They did a good job of it, too. Luckily, the theme does not carry to the inside of the property. The farm/barn touches outside are pretty cool. The door pulls are shaped like corn cobs. I think that as a non-racino corporate casino, this property needs to be a boat. If that's the case, then it's floating on a perfectly sized man-made "lake" that does not extend beyond the edges of the barn structure. I don't think I've mentioned yet that casinos in IA are required to post their slot payback percentages. There's a sign as you walk into Diamond Jo listing the percentage as 90.3% (as of november, 2012). The sign looks like one of those boards you see at a bank where they list today's yield on a CD, so I do think the sign is adjusted periodically and most likely then reflects a trailing actual return to player.

Diamond Jo is nominally in Northwood, but is actually in an unpopulated area just off of I-35. The casino is located at the first exit off of the interstate south of the MN/IA border. The only other things there are 2 hotels (built because of the casino...) a gas station, and the Iowa welcome center.

I've been to Diamond Jo many times. It's has the most readily accessible craps and roulette tables to Minneapolis (one of the WI properties is closer, but the drive is slower and less predictable). The game I've played the most at Diamond Jo is pai gow poker. That game was not listed on the casino's website, and was also left off the list in the first paragraph of this thread. I'm not sure if they pulled it in favor of UTH, or if they just don't list the game for some reason. On one session, I was 4 to a royal flush on 3 consecutive hands. I still haven't received that hand on a PGP table. The casino announces slot jackpots with a "winner winner, chicken dinner..." call, and winners get a free buffet or $20 coupon to the steakhouse. There's also a subway and a burger king on the property. I know those announcements are supposed to make people think that winning is possible, but I always just get angry that I wasn't the one who won (never mind that I'm playing BJ and they're obviously slot winners...)

My chip from Diamond Jo's Northwood location is a Paulson RHC. The chip features the iconic water tower/sign which is visible on the upper right side of the image above.

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