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SlangNRox
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March 15th, 2014 at 4:33:47 PM permalink
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We really need to get some volunteers from the Pacific Northwest who will commit to add to our displayed-to-date record of just one from Oregon and absolutely none from Washington.



I have 1 chip from Tulalip Casino from my day trip from Seattle to Vancouver. Didn't save any chips from the casino in Canada that I visited.
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March 15th, 2014 at 4:46:02 PM permalink
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Category: International
Country: Durban, South Africa
Casino: Suncoast Casino


My first South African casino chip comes from Suncoast Casino in Durban.



Very interesting Tomspur! I wonder why it is 12.50 instead of 10? Are folks in Durban so used to fractional coinage that multiples of 5 would be unusual?

Are the casinos good about racial integration? Or does informal segregation still go on?



Reason they have R12-50 chips is to be able to pay blackjack on a R25 bet. Exactly the same as why casinos have $2-50 chips :)

There is absolutely no more racial segregation so yeah the companies are completely integrated, in fact it is now 180 degrees opposite to what it used to be. There is no room for white men to work in SA. Oh well :)
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March 15th, 2014 at 8:22:18 PM permalink
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Category: International
Country: Durban, South Africa
Casino: Suncoast Casino


My first South African casino chip comes from Suncoast Casino in Durban.



Very interesting Tomspur! I wonder why it is 12.50 instead of 10? Are folks in Durban so used to fractional coinage that multiples of 5 would be unusual?

Are the casinos good about racial integration? Or does informal segregation still go on?



Reason they have R12-50 chips is to be able to pay blackjack on a R25 bet. Exactly the same as why casinos have $2-50 chips :)

There is absolutely no more racial segregation so yeah the companies are completely integrated, in fact it is now 180 degrees opposite to what it used to be. There is no room for white men to work in SA. Oh well :)



Thanks for the info. I wonder what would happen if someone bet a 12.50 chip and got blackjack?
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March 15th, 2014 at 9:32:27 PM permalink
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Category: International
Country: Durban, South Africa
Casino: Suncoast Casino


My first South African casino chip comes from Suncoast Casino in Durban.



Very interesting Tomspur! I wonder why it is 12.50 instead of 10? Are folks in Durban so used to fractional coinage that multiples of 5 would be unusual?

Are the casinos good about racial integration? Or does informal segregation still go on?



Reason they have R12-50 chips is to be able to pay blackjack on a R25 bet. Exactly the same as why casinos have $2-50 chips :)

There is absolutely no more racial segregation so yeah the companies are completely integrated, in fact it is now 180 degrees opposite to what it used to be. There is no room for white men to work in SA. Oh well :)



Thanks for the info. I wonder what would happen if someone bet a 12.50 chip and got blackjack?



lowest bet you can have on blackjack is R25, but you could have R37.5 in which case they will pay you R56
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March 16th, 2014 at 9:22:11 PM permalink
Category: Africa
Country: Johannesburg, South Africa
Casino: Emperors Palace


For my next chip we take a trip to "Ganster's Paradise", Johannesburg Gauteng. I was born and raised in Johannesburg so this city will always be very special to me. That notwithstanding, it really is a s**thole. I honestly feel tremendous sorrow for my family that are still stuck there. Anyway, on to the casino.
The casino name is Emperor's Casino, however it has undergone a name change from the original name, which was Caesar's Gauteng. It was managed by Caesar's Global. The casino is now run by the Piermont group of companies. It is quite a nice casino hotel situated right next to Oliver Tambo International (JNB). The other interesting thing about this casino is that it was my break in spot in 1997. This is where the dealing all started for me and the only reason I got into dealing was because I was dating a dealer girl who, unbeknownst to me was also dating the VP or table games. She got me a gig and the rest is rock and roll history.
Below is a pic sourced from the internet of the casino


I believe I collected my chip when putting in a session in their poker room. I bought in for $100 on a $1/$2 NL game and ran so good that, within 20 minutes I had $500 in front of me. I did have to leave to head to the airport but nobody believed me. Hit and run baby, hit and run.
The chip I believe is ICON, if I remember my dealing days there correctly. It is a green R10, plastic, high quality chip with yellow inserts. The inlay is of a mythical emperor sitting on either his throne or wheelchair.....I will leave it to your imagination! Most of these chips, if not all in SAF is sourched through TCS John Huxley. The chips are always of a very high quality, none of these ceramic chips you find all over the US :)
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March 17th, 2014 at 1:06:37 AM permalink
Category: Africa
Country: Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Casino: Garden Route Casino Resort


Today we have the Garden Route Casino which is the casino I worked at last before leaving the country. I was involved from the planning, development, capex, pre-opening, opening and operations phase. I truly feel like this casino was my own such was the level of involvement as well as commitment on my part.
Below is an internet picture of the casino. The pic is unfortunately only of the front part. The casino is situated on a prime piece of land right on the cliffs dropping down to the Indian Ocean. The property is called "Pinnacle Point" and is home to a magnificent golf estate and 18 hole Matkovic golf course.
HINT: If anyone ever gets the opportunity to head out to South Africa, this is the one part of the country you absolutely CANNOT afford to miss. Mossel Bay, Knysna and the whole Garden Route is absolutely spectacular. I would go as far as to say some of the most scenic coastline in the world. I miss this place every day of my life and if I'm lucky enough would like to retire here someday!


The chip is very similar to almost every other casino chip found in South Africa. Very high quality from TCS John Huxley. This particular chip is from ICON. I counted and checked each and every chip when we received them. It is a R10 chip with 3 black inserts and a nice inlay with a combination gold trim, name and location as well as a compass design in the middle. There were no added security features to this chip but they may have changed in the interim.


I cannot quite remember how I came into being the owner of this chip. I think i asked if I could buy one before I left as a souvenir but I would be lying if I said I knew that for a fact. I left in July 2003 before heading out on my first cruise ship contract.
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March 17th, 2014 at 8:24:01 AM permalink
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Casino: Emperor's Palace


Tom,

I have listed this casino in the index as "Emperors Palace" without the apostrophe, as in plural but not possessive. That's what it says on the chip, and that's all I can find through a search. Having worked there, of course, you know better than I, so please let me know if I made a mistake. BTW, I think the emperor is on a chair/throne but leaning on a shield, not in a wheelchair.

I both like and am confused by the very center of that "compass" design on the inlay on the Garden Route chip. It looks like a spade pip, or a warped version of the Yin-Yang symbol, or maybe a variant of the Pisces symbol from the Zodiac.
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March 17th, 2014 at 9:46:31 AM permalink
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Casino: Emperor's Palace


...BTW, I think the emperor is on a chair/throne but leaning on a shield, not in a wheelchair...

The "Emperor" is actually an image of the Greek goddess of victory, Athena Nikephoros. This particular image can be found on coins minted in Thrace between 298 B.C. and 281 B.C.
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March 17th, 2014 at 9:59:10 AM permalink
Well, I suppose that's a bit older than any of the chips in my collection.    ;-)




BTW, I looked back and found a post I made in this thread on 3/15/13. After one full year we had covered 326 casinos, then after two full years the total was 660 (or 334 added in year #2). That makes an average of .893 chips per day one year and .915 chips per day the second year. I guess that really isn't too bad for a chip-of-the-day thread.
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March 18th, 2014 at 1:43:47 AM permalink
Category: Canada
Country: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Casino: Casino de Montreal


I'm jumping around a little and this time headed to the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I visited there only once in the summer of 2005. The casino is almost right on the harbor front and has a weird bowl shape. The pic I sourced off the internet doesn't really show the true gaudiness of this spot. Also, the pic has yellow hues but it is actually almost completely white if memory serves. Perhaps someone who actually lives there or has been there recently could fill us in on the design?


The chip is a $1 chip that seems like it is made of cardboard (hyperbole I know). It is one of the most flimsy chips I have ever collected, dealt with or seen in my life. The casino was also quite strick on certain rules. No drinking at the tables so, between shuffles everyone would head to the bar where their drinks stood at the ready. Also I remember something weird about the cards on blackjack but for the life of me I cannot remember what. I also know that I had a losing session here but I cannot remember how much and exactly on what. The chip is a plain beige chip with no markings on the outside with a plain inlay of the casino and name. Quite boring and may be the most plain chip I have ever collected.


NOTE: I'm sorry about the orientation of the chip. I tried everything in photobucket to fix it but to no avail. You get the idea though!
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