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Ayecarumba
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April 20th, 2014 at 8:50:12 PM permalink
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Last July, I posted a chip from the Lodge casino in Blackhawk, CO. That chip is part of a special set of state-themed chips and features Washington State on the reverse. I usually don't collect special chips, and I'm not quite sure why I have that one. I thought at that time that I also had a regular chip from the Lodge, but I couldn't find it so I posted the special one instead. I've now found my standard chip from the Lodge.


Is there supposed to be a white ring around the faces, or is it simply wear? If it is wear, it seems unusual that the two faces are not wearing evenly.
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April 20th, 2014 at 9:19:35 PM permalink
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Last July, I posted a chip from the Lodge casino in Blackhawk, CO. That chip is part of a special set of state-themed chips and features Washington State on the reverse. I usually don't collect special chips, and I'm not quite sure why I have that one. I thought at that time that I also had a regular chip from the Lodge, but I couldn't find it so I posted the special one instead. I've now found my standard chip from the Lodge.


Is there supposed to be a white ring around the faces, or is it simply wear? If it is wear, it seems unusual that the two faces are not wearing evenly.




Some Chipco chips have a designed white line around the edge and others don't. These do. Usually, it helps mask the presence of the typical Chipco wear on the faces of the chip. I'm not sure why the faces of this chip have worn unevenly.
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April 20th, 2014 at 9:57:20 PM permalink
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Last July, I posted a chip from the Lodge casino in Blackhawk, CO. That chip is part of a special set of state-themed chips and features Washington State on the reverse. I usually don't collect special chips, and I'm not quite sure why I have that one. I thought at that time that I also had a regular chip from the Lodge, but I couldn't find it so I posted the special one instead. I've now found my standard chip from the Lodge.


Is there supposed to be a white ring around the faces, or is it simply wear? If it is wear, it seems unusual that the two faces are not wearing evenly.




Some Chipco chips have a designed white line around the edge and others don't. These do. Usually, it helps mask the presence of the typical Chipco wear on the faces of the chip. I'm not sure why the faces of this chip have worn unevenly.



Amount of use, dealing style, chip cutting styles, players chip shuffling. I'm sure there is a myriad of reasons why they will wear differently. Left is newer and right is older but that goes without saying I would assume :)

I like the chipco chips for chip handling. They are much easier to handle and work with than other ceramic type chips. They are definitely easier to work with than the plastic Matsui and ICON chips.
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April 21st, 2014 at 6:39:14 AM permalink
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Left is newer and right is older but that goes without saying I would assume :)


I think those two images are opposite sides of the same chip. When I post my own chips, I only post images of both sides if they are distinctly different designs. In contrast, rdw4potus has started showing us both sides even if they are the same -- to prove that they are, I suppose. So I don't think newer/older is the answer in this case.

Since rdw4potus dropped by the thread to comment on his earlier chip post and did not say anything about my interrupting the flow with that token from JW17, I'm going to go ahead and post the other chip image that JW17 sent to me. Besides, tomorrow morning I'm hopping a plane to the WoV 2014 Spring Fling, so if I don't post this today, I might forget about it later.

I should note that in the case of each of these contributions from JW17, he sent me a single image that showed both sides of the chip, one above the other. I tried to separate them as individual images to post beside each other in the thread and to provide links to larger images. Obviously, I didn't do a very good job of editing the images to look right side by side.

This is a 50¢ chip from Casino Arizona in Scottsdale. At least I assume it's that one -- the chip doesn't really say where the casino is located. We had that casino represented initially by a $5 chip posted by rdw4potus, and I later edited my post right below that one to show the $1 chip.

All three chips are from Ikon. If you visit this Ikon page, you can see that the manufacturer uses the Casino Arizona chips on their own web site. That page has an image of the $500, $100, $25, $5, $2, and $1 chips together, but it doesn't show the 50¢ chip that JW17 has shared with us.

Thanks again, JW17.

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April 21st, 2014 at 7:03:03 AM permalink
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I think those two images are opposite sides of the same chip. When I post my own chips, I only post images of both sides if they are distinctly different designs. In contrast, rdw4potus has started showing us both sides even if they are the same -- to prove that they are, I suppose. So I don't think newer/older is the answer in this case.



For me, it's more of a process standardization thing. I just follow the same process with every chip. Two pictures, 4 images, copy and paste into the post, etc.

Thanks for posting these two chips. I do have some more to share, so I can pick back up starting Tuesday. No promises about posting/consistency when I'm also in Vegas over the weekend (as if I was consistent this last weekend...oy).
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April 23rd, 2014 at 8:17:33 PM permalink
OK, so posting yesterday didn't happen. I managed to damage my laptop, which affected my ability to access the new chip images. I was reviewing and formatting old hard drives, and an ancient external HDD brought the whole system to a halt. That was pretty scary, since I've been terrible about backing up personal files. Anyway...

I've visited the Isle of Capri in Lake Charles, LA two times. That casino is interesting. Back when it was a cruising casino, two boats used the same dock area. When we first covered this casino, I posted a chip from the Grand Palais boat. On my more recent trip, I picked up a proper Isle of Capri chip. I think there's just the IoC boat at the site now.



As a side note, Landry's is building a Golden Nugget in Lake Charles. I guess that means I'll need to head back to town when that casino opens.

Also, I'm headed to Vegas tomorrow. I'll post a chip before I leave PA, but I'm not sure about a schedule for the rest of the weekend.
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April 24th, 2014 at 10:55:12 AM permalink
State: Louisiana
City: Bossier City
Casino: Margaritaville


Today's chip of the day comes from the Margaritaville casino in Bossier City, LA. I could have sworn we'd covered this casino before, but I don't see it in the index. I guess I missed this one when I posted my last batch of chips. My chip from Margaritaville is a Paulson RHC.

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April 24th, 2014 at 9:17:32 PM permalink
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State: Louisiana
City: Bossier City
Casino: Margaritaville


Today's chip of the day comes from the Margaritaville casino in Bossier City, LA. I could have sworn we'd covered this casino before, but I don't see it in the index. I guess I missed this one when I posted my last batch of chips. My chip from Margaritaville is a Paulson RHC.



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April 25th, 2014 at 10:58:26 AM permalink
Yes, the Bossier City Margaritaville is still on my list of chips to get -- probably this summer.

I looked back and could not find anywhere this chip has previously been posted. I'll add it to the directory when I get home. If you locate an earlier post, let me know, and I will update the link.

Edit 7/1/15: I finally made it back to Bossier City and got my chip. I posted the image (with some others) here.
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May 4th, 2014 at 9:57:31 AM permalink
State: Nevada
City: Las Vegas
Casino: Cromwell


What with the supply of new chips running low around here, and with the distractions of the WoV 2014 Spring Fling, this thread had been severely neglected recently. I think that rdw4potus added a few to his collection in conjunction to his most recent trip, at least one of which is from a casino that I have not yet visited. Hopefully, he will share that with us soon.

The only chip added to my own collection during the Spring Fling is from the Cromwell, Caesars Entertainment's resurrection of Bill's Gamblin' Hall which was itself a resurrection of the Barbary Coast, both of which have been discussed previously in this thread. There are at least two currently-active threads about the Cromwell (or at least they started off about the Cromwell), located here and here. There was even some discussion of the place in the Spring Fling Head Count thread after the Wizard proposed it as a place for a straggler dinner, for those folks still in town. Unfortunately, that thread wandered off course down a dark road.

My own experiences at the Cromwell were limited. The outside of the building looks very nice. The inside of the casino area is a step up from the Bill's days and a huge leap up from the Barbary Coast days. I played there at mid-day on Thursday prior to the Spring Fling. It certainly seems as if I posted about my experiences somewhere in the forum, but I can't find such a post, so maybe I just told people that I saw.

I arrived at 11:30 and played $5 min. craps at the only table they had open. The table was crowded, and I had to squeeze in. I only planned to play a little while, since I was attending Nareed's birthday party across the street at the Burger Brasserie between Bally's and Paris at 12:30. The dice got to me just barely after noon o'clock, which gave me plenty of opportunity to throw them a few times and get out of there in time for the party. "Unfortunately", I didn't PSO as usual, and I wound up being late. I only made two points and failed while working on the third, but with a crowded table and brand new dealers (who were really quite good for the very limited experience they claimed to have), there was quite a delay between rolls.

I might have just passed the dice to the next player in order to leave and get across the street on time, but I think that might have been a dangerous action. You see, while I only wound up $60 ahead for the session, I was winning a bunch of money for some other players. They might not have cared for my abandoning my roll. One player had made two absurd bets along the way, hopping the point (for $5, I think). Those just happened to be the two rolls on which I made my two points, so everyone at the table thought he must be a psychic. My third point was a 10, and it seemed as if I rolled forever without either a 10 or a 7 showing up. Several of the players at the table had placed $5 bets on the hard 6, and when I hit that, they all parlayed their bets! That almost seems like throwing winnings away, but as luck/variance/whatever would have it, I immediately rolled another hard 6! The $5 they each put at risk paid each of them $450. None of them was crazy enough to parlay again or rational enough to take $500 and down. In any case, they were extremely happy with my roll, and I didn't think I could get away with just walking away from the table with the button still saying "ON".

The souvenir chip shown below is a white ceramic chip with two brown edge "inserts" and red printing on the center "inlay". One side includes the casino name twice, the city/state, and the denomination. The other side has the casino name (just once), the Total Rewards name and logo, and the denomination. I think this is the only chip I have ever seen with the Total Rewards designation right on the chip.

Below the denomination on each side is a small gray mark that I think is an outlined, white block "I". My guess is that this is a logo for the chip manufacturer Icon, but I have never seen this logo before, and I cannot find this exact chip design on their very limited web site. The MOGH chip guide does not indicate a manufacturer of this chip, so all I can offer is my speculation.

Edit 1/28/15: Got to thinking about this "block I" logo and looked at the Icon web site again. Their "phase two" chip page located here has this very Cromwell chip on display. Uncertainty now resolved.

UV light reveals an extremely faint fluorescence of the red ink in a pinker shade than shown under visible light. This is so faint that I suspect that it is just a natural characteristic of the ink and not a security feature of the chip.


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