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Doc
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April 5th, 2012 at 9:44:43 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

Every reference I see to the casino calls it CasaBlanca (no space).


You are correct. That is my error. I will edit my previous post.

Thanks.


Edit: I actually went back and edited all of my recent posts that had this error. I even went back and changed my image file names. Hopefully, I have everything correct now (at least on this point). Thanks again.
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April 5th, 2012 at 1:29:05 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

You are correct. That is my error. I will edit my previous post.

Thanks.


Edit: I actually went back and edited all of my recent posts that had this error. I even went back and changed my image file names. Hopefully, I have everything correct now (at least on this point). Thanks again.

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April 5th, 2012 at 1:42:55 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

Never let it be said you aren't obsessive-compulsive :)


Whether I "let" it or not, I doubt that anyone who knows me would say that. Have you noticed how obsessively I keep updating the first post in this thread?
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April 6th, 2012 at 6:24:54 AM permalink
State: Nevada
City: Las Vegas
Casino: Casino Royale


Yes, this is the only casino in Nevada that I have alphabetized by "Casino".

The Casino Royale and Hotel is a small place on the east side of the Las Vegas strip, nestled between behemoths Harrah's and the Venetian. It belongs to Tom Elardi, and previously belonged to his mother, Margaret Elardi. Some on-line directories say she owns it now; I'm not even sure she is still alive. I don't have trustworthy resources on such things. Anyone know for certain? I do have the NGCB listing of non-restricted licenses that confirms that Thomas Edward Elardi is the current owner of 100% of the casino.

Margaret did own a series of casinos in downtown Las Vegas, Laughlin, and on the strip, and she fought a protracted, vicious battle with the Culinary Workers Union at her Frontier Hotel and Casino, while Tom managed the place for her. She sold the place rather than sign a contract with them. From what I have read, "feisty" is an appropriate descriptor.

The casino opened in 1992, and presumably was named for Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel or the novel's casino in the fictional French town of Royale-Les-Eaux. There seems to be a little irony there do they even have baccarat at the Las Vegas edition of Casino Royale? The casino is most commonly mentioned on this forum as a casino for low rollers where you have long been able to get 100x free odds at craps.

The Casino Royale chip shown below is a ceramic chip that was manufactured by Chipco and has a satin finish. The edge printing is limited to three black bands that look somewhat similar to the edge inserts on a clay chip. They can barely be seen in the photo.

According to one web resource, this same face graphic was used for several Casino Royale chips issued throughout the 1990s, with the differences being minor changes in the colors, mostly in the scrollwork near the top. Some also had different surface textures. I think the colors in this image of my chip are accurate. I haven't looked carefully, but I don't think I have any other chips in my collection that specifically say that they are from the Las Vegas Strip.

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April 6th, 2012 at 6:48:46 AM permalink
Quote: Doc

The casino opened in 1992, and presumably was named for Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel or the novel's casino in the fictional French town of Royale-Les-Eaux. There seems to be a little irony there do they even have baccarat at the Las Vegas edition of Casino Royale? The casino is most commonly mentioned on this forum as a casino for low rollers where you have long been able to get 100x free odds at craps.



Think about it.

For starters, they missed doing Bond theme for the casino. But then, the casino is as far removed from Bond's persona as is possible. It would have best fit a luxurious place. So, yes, it's ironic that the Casino is named after a character who wouldn't be caught dead there :)
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April 6th, 2012 at 7:15:35 AM permalink
My Casino Royale chip is identical so I won't post a pic, but I was looking this casino up in my chip guide and it notes there was a "Casino Royal" in Vegas from 1971-1977. Anybody recall that one?
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April 6th, 2012 at 7:19:03 AM permalink


Looks like this is another case where my chip is a Paulson while Doc's is not. I wonder if that's a function of when we collected the chips, when the casinos ordered the chips, or other factors.
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April 6th, 2012 at 7:28:37 AM permalink
Quote: Johnzimbo

My Casino Royale chip is identical so I won't post a pic, but I was looking this casino up in my chip guide and it notes there was a "Casino Royal" in Vegas from 1971-1977. Anybody recall that one?


Nope, before my time in Vegas.


Excellent chip, rdw4potus. Yes, we once again have an example of a casino using chips from multiple manufacturers. Your chip is the Short Cane Version of the top hat and cane design from Paulson, while mine is from Chipco. Perhaps Johnzimbo has better info in his guide, but the on-line resource I checked suggests that my chip was issued 1998 and yours in 2007.
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April 6th, 2012 at 7:33:04 AM permalink
Quote: Nareed

For starters, they missed doing Bond theme for the casino. But then, the casino is as far removed from Bond's persona as is possible. It would have best fit a luxurious place. So, yes, it's ironic that the Casino is named after a character who wouldn't be caught dead there :)



Actually, Bond was playing over at the Venetian... he gets whacked and they have to dispose of the body somewhere... they take it outside and see Casino Royale with its dealers who look like they've seen death... and that's where the body is now!

All kidding aside, I have a fond memory from Casino Royale. On my trip in February 2010, I was playing at Wynn and lost a bit of money on a new game. As I walking back to my room at the Flamingo, I stopped at CR to get their generous (at the time) coupons including the bonus on a 4-of-a-kind. I found an 8-5 Bonus Poker machine in quarters, sat down and played. I couldn't hit quads to save my life, but I held a K-Q of hearts and hit the Royal Flush in the meantime! I still had to hit quads to get the bonus, hit my 7s (finally) and cashed out up quite a bit.
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April 6th, 2012 at 8:19:42 AM permalink
Quote: Doc

Yes, we once again have an example of a casino using chips from multiple manufacturer. Your chip is the Short Cane Version of the top hat and cane design from Paulson, while mine is from Chipco. Perhaps Johnzimbo has better info in his guide, but the on-line resource I checked suggests that my chip was issued 1998 and yours in 2007.



My guide shows their first issue was a mixture...$0.25 chips were Bud Jones but $1, 5 and 25 were Chipco. I wonder why they did that, maybe they just went with the lowest bid for each denomination? Then their most recent issue was all Hat and Cane. The book doesn't list dates as to when an issue came out, it just losts them chronologically.

BTW, if anyone has any chips they think are rare or worth much over face value I can provide info from my guide. One cool thing is the guide estimates how many of a given chip are in existence. My best chip is a $5 Dunes chip I snagged around 1982 and is what they determine to be the 14th issue. They estimate only 31-75 exist and my avg. condition chip is worth $250. Had I snagged a $25 chip, it is estimated at $2500 as there are 8-15 known to exist.

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