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rdw4potus
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March 19th, 2014 at 6:24:54 PM permalink
The islands in the Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans were Australasia when I was in primary school (the '80s). When I was in grad school (2003-2005), that area was most commonly called "Australia and Oceania." I think generally, Singapore is considered in Asia (it's basically on the Malay peninsula) while Indonesia and Philippines are the Northern/Western part of "Oceania"
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March 19th, 2014 at 7:35:16 PM permalink
Well, obviously my elementary school geography education from the '50s is completely inadequate to address this topic.

I recall that in the 6th grade we learned all of the countries in the world and their capitals. I think there are about three countries in Africa that have not changed since then. We learned such places as British and Dutch Guiana (along with the French edition), French West Africa, Belgian Congo, and Burma. I think the text books still referred to French Indochina.

I remember my 4th grade teacher pointing to Australia on a map and asking us what it looked like. She had in mind "an island", but my answer was "the head of an Airedale".

I'm still open to additional suggestions on how best to categorize the index of this thread, and I will eventually decide on something.
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March 19th, 2014 at 9:18:49 PM permalink
I thought Rdw4potus already had a $5 from there. Ohh Carson Station... It's no longer a Best Western. It's now the Wyndham Garden Carson Station.

Ohh looks like the Carson Station has not been covered yet???
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March 20th, 2014 at 4:10:03 AM permalink
Is there a way to add these to this post?
http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/general/8928-casino-chip-of-the-day/320/#post243537




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March 20th, 2014 at 7:10:56 AM permalink
Quote: Konbu

Ohh looks like the Carson Station has not been covered yet???


Right. I picked up my souvenir chip last September (after finding the tables closed by new management on my first visit in October 2011.) It is one of nine chips I have to present if/when the lead in the thread comes back to me.

And Konbu, your turn in the lead is coming up soon, assuming you still are willing to post your collection. I'll be in touch via PM.
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March 20th, 2014 at 7:17:04 AM permalink
Quote: SkittleCar1

Is there a way to add these to this post?


I cannot edit rdw4potus's post of his Akwesasne chip, but in my post immediately after that one I have added a link to your post of those two chip images. Thanks for the contribution.
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March 20th, 2014 at 7:40:34 AM permalink
Quote: Tomspur

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!



The casino is located in one of the few remaining buildings left from the worlds fair in Montreal in 1967 (Expo 67). The island was expanded for the exposition was filled with pavillions and a midway. My visit to the fair was my first long distance trip on my own at 19. Three friends and myself in one of my friends fathers station wagon drove across Canada from BC driving 24 hrs a day to go there. It took about 72 hours with no stops longer than an hour or two. I have linked a picture of the building from Expo 67 French Pavillion
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March 20th, 2014 at 5:48:13 PM permalink
Kenarman, that is a great link, thanks!!!

Definitely a unique building that houses this casino that is for sure!!!
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March 20th, 2014 at 6:17:50 PM permalink
Category: Oceania
Country: Sydney, Australia
Casino: Star City/The Star


I have been lucky enough to visit Australia a few times in my life and I must say I do love the place!!! The parts of the country I have visited has always been clean, people are friendly and as a bonus they talk funny too!!!
My first visit to Sydney was in 2005 and of course on each visit we head to the casino that, at that time was called Star City but has had its name changed for the 3rd time to "The Star". The casino is built on Darling Harbor in a sub section of the city called Pyrmont. The casino isn't too bad inside with some great restaurants and a good few bars. People watching in this casino is always fun!
Below is a picture I sourced from the internet.


I have two chips in my collection from Star City. I have a very cheap (not surprisingly) $0.25 cents chip as well as a much more expensive looking $2.50 chip. I believe I collected these chips in 2005, while, when I went back in 2008 I played poker there while heavily intoxicated making extremely bad plays, bluffing on all streets and leaving the casino at 7AM in the morning with about $800. I did not have the presence of mind then to collect any type of chip or even to collect my senses as I thought I was being followed by some thugs who I earlier on liberated from some funds by counterfeiting both of them.....Oops :)


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March 20th, 2014 at 7:32:54 PM permalink
I am still pondering what to call the category for these new chips. I have occasionally disparaged Wikipedia as a reliable reference source, but I did check it. Their page for Australasia has a section on "Regions of the world" and shows Australasia (Australia, New Guinea, and Zealandia) as part of Oceania, along with Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

In this thread, we have often cited the Museum of Gaming History's Chip Guide. That guide's geographic categories include Australia and Micronesia but none of the others, perhaps reflecting limitations on the collection.

We have also reported some data here from the CasinoCity.com directory of casinos. That site's list of worldwide casinos has a category of Oceania, including Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Réunion, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

While it doesn't match what I was taught in elementary school, and it doesn't match the various geographic ideas that everyone else here seem to hold, I think it may work best if I use a category of Oceania in the thread index. I'm still open to discussion of this topic and could further modify this latest "decision."

For each chip that I include in the Oceania category, I will list the country/island in the index also, as I did for the category "Caribbean Islands."

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