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March 12th, 2014 at 9:52:32 PM permalink
Today I just went to the Playboy Casino in Cancun and collected a chip after playing BJ and UTH. If anyone would like a chip I may be able to whip back down there. Also I would be willing to post pictures for chip of the day, or answer any questions.
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March 13th, 2014 at 1:37:24 AM permalink
Category: Caribbean Islands
City: Willemstad, Curacao
Casino: Plaza hotel and Casino


This is the first chip in my collection. Perhaps I should give a small history about my collection. I'm not an avid collector but whenever I go to a casino and I remember, I try to collect a low denomination chip from there. I have traveled all around the world but unfortunately the bug to collect casino chips only caught me quite late. Some of the chips are not in great order and the pictures are not of a very high quality as I had to ask my wife to take the pics for me back in Vegas. I therefore have very little quality control. As soon as I get back to Vegas I will retake the pics and post them in the place of the not so great ones. I apologize in advance.
I will start with what I have from the Caribbean. I hope I don't jump around too much because of the aforementioned picture delivery system I have going on at the moment.

I visited the Plaza Casino in Curacao sometime during the back end of winter in 2004. I was working on a cruise ship called the Raddison Diamond at the time. She was my first ship and I was quite "green" in those days but full of promise.
The casino was very small and tightly packed with locals and cruise ship employees. Mostly Phillipino as they loved to chuck their weekly pay packets away at the casino.
Here is a pic of the place I found online.



I played Roulette to get this particular chip. The gambling there was in USD. I bought in for $100, played roulette for about half an hour and walked with $61 (including the $ you see below). The casino was not very inspiring and it seemed to me like a typical small island casino who preys off the locals as well as the cruise guests and employees. Back then I doubted their honesty but I had no way of proving that!

The chip is a yellow plastic chip with 4 white inserts. This chip appears to me to be the cheapest of the cheapest of the cheap. There appears to be no security features and I cannot place a manufacturer.



I only visited this island once which is kind of rare as I spent 6 years on ships with a large amount of time in the Caribbean.

More to follow tomorrow, I'm sure the writing will get better too!

PS: Can you guys let me know if you see the pictures. It seems like I have done everything correctly but on my work PC it shows as the Red X in the little white box. If it does not show properly I will attempt to rectify tonight or tomorrow morning when I'm back in the office, around 6PM PST.
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March 13th, 2014 at 4:00:05 AM permalink
Pix are good!
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March 13th, 2014 at 9:49:44 AM permalink
Tomspur,

Excellent first chip post! I am pretty sure I can identify the manufacturer of your chip, but that will have to wait until I get home.

Have you looked at the index on page 1 of this thread? We already have a category called "Caribbean Islands" rather than listing each one separately. If you can edit your header to match that category and add the country to the location, I will list this chip in with the others from there.

Two interesting things about the casinos from those islands: they don't really seem to care whose chips they have in play, and the names can be confusing.

I was in Curacao last November and played at both the Paradise Plaza casino and the Royal Plaza casino. I am almost certain the Royal Plaza used to be just the Plaza and is the one in your photo. I first visited there in 2009, but their tables were closed while our ship was in port.

When I returned last fall, I played blackjack, and they had an interesting mix of chips in the rack. They had $5 chips marked "Plaza", but those were only valued at $2.50 in play. The real $5 chips were marked "Americana," which is a completely different casino in town.

They also had other chips marked in dollar denominations, but those were for wagers in florin!

Anyway, you've given me the opportunity to post my own souvenir Plaza chip in reply.

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March 13th, 2014 at 1:24:47 PM permalink
Quote: beerseason

... Also I would be willing to post pictures for chip of the day, or answer any questions.


I try to coordinate who has lead responsibility for the chip of the day, so I'll add your name to the list and let you know when it's your turn at bat.
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March 13th, 2014 at 3:38:45 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

I try to coordinate who has lead responsibility for the chip of the day, so I'll add your name to the list and let you know when it's your turn at bat.



Sounds like a plan. Doc, would you like me to pick you one up? I know you collect chips and if I could get back down there I would be glad to pick you one up. That is unless you want an excuse to go, lol.
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March 13th, 2014 at 7:52:23 PM permalink
Quote: beerseason

Doc, would you like me to pick you one up? I know you collect chips and if I could get back down there I would be glad to pick you one up. That is unless you want an excuse to go, lol.


Thanks for the offer, but if you read through this whole thread, you'll find I have some personal "rules" about my collection. While a couple of folks have provided chips as gifts, and I have posted those chips here, I don't consider those chips as part of my collection. To include a chip in my set, I must have been to the casino myself, and (with very few exceptions) I must have played there. Maybe I'll get back to Cancun some day, but it's not likely -- only been there once in my life.
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March 13th, 2014 at 8:07:29 PM permalink
Tom,

Chip pic and write-up both very interesting! Looking forward to your seaborne reminisces. Thanks for doing it.
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March 13th, 2014 at 9:16:04 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

Thanks for the offer, but if you read through this whole thread, you'll find I have some personal "rules" about my collection. While a couple of folks have provided chips as gifts, and I have posted those chips here, I don't consider those chips as part of my collection. To include a chip in my set, I must have been to the casino myself, and (with very few exceptions) I must have played there. Maybe I'll get back to Cancun some day, but it's not likely -- only been there once in my life.



I completely understand, I am the same way. And if I were you I wouldn't come to Cancun just for that chip (wasn't all that impressive). Sorry I didn't read through the whole thread, that was a few too many pages (although I will try to keep up from now on).
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March 14th, 2014 at 1:28:42 AM permalink
Category: Caribbean Islands
City: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Casino: Marriott San Juan & Stellaris Casino


Todays chip comes from the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. In fact, the first time I ever set foot on a cruise ship was in Puerto Rico all the way back in 2003. This is probably the Caribbean island I have visited most often and it obviously has a very special place in my heart.

The casino I visited was the Marriott, San Juan on Condado beach which is home to the Stellaris Casino. See pic sourced from the internet below:



I believe I collected this chip sometime in 2006 after signing off of one of the ships I was on, I believe it was the Seven Seas Voyager. I had to spend the evening in San Juan as my flight was only to leave the next day sometime. I chose to stay at this hotel as it had a great little bar right on the beach where you can sit, have a drink and watch the ships sail away. It was a remarkable evening with beautiful weather and I had a great seafood dinner.
The chip was sourced while playing craps. It is a $1 chip, white with 4 red inserts. The chip had a very nice inlay of the Hotel name and logo. The chip was brand spanking new when I got it and you can see by the pic it is still in excellent quality. I believe I bought in for $100 and left the game with a little over $400. One thing I did notice about this table was the stick didn't have its usualy hook on the front but rather a full circle. I would again see this type of dice stick somewhere in Europe but they are few and far between.

Here is a pic of the chip



Again, due to chip delivery system I may jump a little tomorrow to a few of my South African chips and then come back to my Caribbean collection sometime thereafter. Hope Doc doesn't mind :)
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