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January 15th, 2014 at 10:58:24 PM permalink
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State: Iowa
City: Sloan
Casino: WinnaVegas


Today's chip of the day comes from the WinnaVegas casino in Sloan, IA.

Is it "Winna" as in "Winna, Winna, Chicken Dinnah!", or is "Winna" a Native American expression, like "Winnebago".

Also, since I don't see any overhead power lines in the photos; when an area is flooded like that, can folks be electrocuted in the flood waters? How was the casino powered while it was in "island" mode?
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January 16th, 2014 at 11:31:46 AM permalink
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State: California
City: Santa Ynez
Casino: Chumash


Today's chip of the day comes from the Chumash casino in Santa Ynez, CA. My chip from Chumash is a Paulson RHC. It's red, and I think I'm starting to see a bit of a pattern. Most, but not all, chips from Tribal casinos are red while most (actually, a plurality) of chips from card clubs are yellow. This chip features an image of what I think is a turtle and some water.



FYI, the Chumash is rolling out a new chip design. Their website says they will exchange chips with the old design for new until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2014. After that, the old design will not be accepted in the casino.

EDIT: An image of the new inset design for the $1 chip was posted here.
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January 16th, 2014 at 11:49:00 AM permalink
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State: Iowa
City: Sloan
Casino: WinnaVegas


Today's chip of the day comes from the WinnaVegas casino in Sloan, IA.

Is it "Winna" as in "Winna, Winna, Chicken Dinnah!", or is "Winna" a Native American expression, like "Winnebago".

Also, since I don't see any overhead power lines in the photos; when an area is flooded like that, can folks be electrocuted in the flood waters? How was the casino powered while it was in "island" mode?



The facility has a natural-gas fired generator. And, I think, the power lines are buried underground. I don't know if it was the gas generator or electric grid which ultimately powered the casino during the flood. There's a formula for the dispersion of electric current in liquids. I won't pretend to know that formula, but I think the volume of water in this case is sufficient to mitigate the risk of electrocution. Maybe someone who is an EE or CivE can comment less vaguely about electricity and water.
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January 16th, 2014 at 11:50:10 AM permalink
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State: California
City: Santa Ynez
Casino: Chumash


Today's chip of the day comes from the Chumash casino in Santa Ynez, CA. My chip from Chumash is a Paulson RHC. It's red, and I think I'm starting to see a bit of a pattern. Most, but not all, chips from Tribal casinos are red while most (actually, a plurality) of chips from card clubs are yellow. This chip features an image of what I think is a turtle and some water.



FYI, the Chumash is rolling out a new chip design. Their website says they will exchange chips with the old design for new until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2014. After that, the old design will not be accepted in the casino.



Cool! Is there a name change or ownership change? I'm excited to see the new chip, but I wonder why they'll stop honoring the old ones.
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January 16th, 2014 at 10:12:38 PM permalink
State: Iowa
City: Sioux City
Casino: Argosy


Today's chip of the day comes from the Argosy casino in Sioux City, IA. Sioux City is on the Missouri River (and I-29) about halfway between Omaha and Sioux Falls, SD. The Argosy has 720 machines and 20 tables on a 37,500 square foot gaming floor. Table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, mississippi stud, and pai gow poker.

I picked up my chip about 90 minutes after my failed visit to Winnavegas. I was in a pretty foul mood when I arrived at the casino, as I'd just been called by my hotel and notified that they'd bumped me so that emergency workers could be accommodated. Normally, I'd have been fine with that, but they weren't very helpful at all with re-booking. At the time I got to Argosy, I was in a town with no rooms available within 100 miles. My experience at Argosy quickly lifted my spirits. First, the approach to the property looked like this:



Two notes about the picture. The white stairs going from the boat down to the water are marked "employee entrance." Also, the boarding ramp was so steeply inclined that they'd fashioned a very clever set of stairs and laid it down on one side of the ramp. (both sides would have been better, but not ADA compliant). I really wanted to take a picture of that, but the security guy at the base of the ramp determined that it'd be an indoor picture, which is not allowed.

I played BJ at Argosy. It went very well. I won, I pressed, I won I pressed, I won...I ran away. The dealer was great. He'd apparently driven for almost 3 hours to find a way to get across the river from Nebraska to get to work, and then been asked to work a double-shift since others wouldn't try that drive. I think he might have been a little chippy about the shift duration and the anticipated drive home, but mostly he was just hilariously sarcastic. And, as I was leaving, I got a call that resolved my hotel situation. I was able to stay in Sioux City, but at a motel-style property. That sure worked for me.

My chip from Argosy is a Paulson RHC. It's very plain, which is sort of too bad. The lighthouse feature at the casino is pretty striking. It seems a bit odd to not have that on the chips.

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January 17th, 2014 at 8:37:36 AM permalink
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State: California
City: Santa Ynez
Casino: Chumash


Today's chip of the day comes from the Chumash casino in Santa Ynez, CA.



FYI, the Chumash is rolling out a new chip design. Their website says they will exchange chips with the old design for new until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2014. After that, the old design will not be accepted in the casino.



Cool! Is there a name change or ownership change? I'm excited to see the new chip, but I wonder why they'll stop honoring the old ones.



I think it is just a design change. I note that the tribal casinos do this quite frequently as a security measure. If not a regular change, they may have had a pile of chips go missing on them...
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January 17th, 2014 at 6:08:26 PM permalink
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I have one more chip in my collection from Iowa, and a handful of chips from other areas. I anticipate that my collection will be exhausted by early next week, at which time we'll need to coordinate the future of the thread.


So now we have finished Iowa and have a few more days to the end of rdw's collection. What then?

I have six chips I added to my collection while on that cruise last November. That would carry the thread for less than a week, and I won't be adding any more chips until a couple during my trip to Las Vegas next month.

Who's going to rise to the occasion? Tomspur has indicated to me that he has enough chips to keep the thread going for maybe a month. Both Konbu and AcesAndEights have also reported having a couple that we have not yet seen. I think Nareed mentioned once that she had some chips from Mexico (or someplace I forgot.) There are probably quite a few others here who have a few chips they could photograph and add to the thread.

The real trick is to find folks who are willing to prepare some sort of write-up about the casino/chip/whatever to accompany the chip image and maintain the discussion the way we have had it going for almost two years now. Anyone who is prepared to take on that responsibility right now -- or could be prepared in a few days -- please let me know, either right here in the thread or by PM. I want this thread to continue, and I would really prefer not to open it to everyone throwing up chip images at the same time. (It's just a nerdy desire for structure.)

Who is up for this?
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January 17th, 2014 at 10:37:30 PM permalink
State: Kansas
City: White Cloud
Casino: White Cloud


Today's chip of the day comes from the White Cloud casino in White Cloud, KS. White Cloud is in a VERY remote area near the Kansas/Nebraska/Missouri triborder. The tribe that operates the casino has one of the more interesting names I've seen - it's a business of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. The casino has 380 machines and 3 tables on a 21,000 square foot gaming space. White cloud has electronic 3 card poker and mississippi stud, as well as live blackjack.

Here's a picture of the property:



I've visited White Cloud twice. On the first visit, only the electronic games were present. So I missed out on my collection opportunity and moved on to the other Kansas casinos. Then, I learned that they'd put the tables back in so I stopped by a second time. My drive from Saint Joseph to White Cloud was very interesting. My GPS determined that I needed to drive down a dirt (NOT gravel...dirt) road for about 5 miles. The road was shaped like a roller coaster, and the rental car didn't handle the inclines well at all. I kept thinking about what was going to happen when I got the car stuck in a dip on a dirt road in an area with no cell service. In the end, I did make it from one highway to the other, and I did find the casino. When I did get to the casino, I almost got thrown out before I had a chance to play. I arrived at about 4pm, and the tables opened at 5. So I walked around. Turns out that when a stranger walks around in circles in a tiny casino for 45 minutes, security takes notice. They had a hard time believing that I was just killing time without playing slots. In their defense, they did have a very wide array of games among their 380 machines. New titles, too! I finally went and sat in the cafe/snack bar/buffet area. I guess technically there is a buffet, to the extent that unlimited nachos and hot dogs qualify as a buffet.

When it was finally time to play, the game itself was lots of fun. The dealer, floorperson, and other players all knew each other. There was non-stop R-rated good-natured smack talk for the whole session. That was maybe the most fun table I've ever sat at. I'm also pretty sure it was the loosest table I've ever sat at. Limits are low, but any number of shots could easily be taken. After about an hour of playing, I left up about $120.

My chip from White Cloud is a Paulson RHC. There's a sun image in the center, which looks to me like it might be partially blocked by a white cloud.

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January 18th, 2014 at 7:37:36 AM permalink
Wow! Not a new state for the thread but a return to a Kansas casino after a seven-month hiatus from the state!

So far, no contact from any volunteer to take over the lead for the thread for a while.


Edit 7/31/14: I finally got to visit the Casino White Cloud. I posted my souvenir chip from this casino, along with a bunch of others, in this post.
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January 18th, 2014 at 9:43:25 AM permalink
Maybe I should make a new thread out of this, but I don't think anyone would care outside of the chip collectors of the thread, so I'll post it here.

As a few of you know, I collect $8 Chinese new year chips. Why $8? Because 8 is a lucky number in Chinese. The sound of it is similar to the word for "rich."

Normally they don't release them until Chinese New Year itself but I was at the Wynn on Tuesday and had to cash some chips anyway, so I asked if their 2014 Chinese New Year chips were ready. The cashier said that (1) wait until Chinese new year, and (2) this year they would be $1 chips.

I was shocked!

I asked why and was directed to a supervisor. She said that Gaming decreed that the $8 chips were somehow illegitimate because they are not for the primary purpose of gaming, and had quit allowing them to be made. That is a valid point, as I'm sure they are almost never used to make a bet but just created for suckers like me who will spend $8 on a chip that cost 50 cents to make.

I'm not saying the Wynn is right but we should know for sure soon. If they are indeed banned I would consider buying up some old issues still on hand. The Wynn and MGM always seem to have plenty from the past one or two years.

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