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wezvidz
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June 19th, 2014 at 9:21:38 AM permalink
State: Florida
City: Port Richey
Casino: SunCruz Port Richey


Took a weekend trip from West Palm up to the Tampa area in August 2012. It's about a 4 hour drive from the WPB area, and it was memorable in many ways. I got to see Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager live (I'm a big time Adam Carolla podcast fan). The republican national convention was in town ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Lastly, driving back, I narrowly got back into WPB before Hurricane Isaac hit and although we just got the mild side of it, I'm glad I wasn't driving through the torrents of rain and wind starting to come down just as I pulled into my garage.

As for the first chip from this area I collected, it's the last of the FL casino cruises I've been on (of 4) and certainly the worst. This is an anchored casino ship off shore that you take a 30 minute ferry ride out to and board.

The ferry was uncomfortable and the "cruise" ship was smokey, cramped and hot.

This chip is pretty dirty and I'll buff it more before I frame it but most of them were like this on the boat. Matches the experience.

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June 19th, 2014 at 2:05:10 PM permalink
State: Michigan
City: Orchard Lake
Casino: Orchard Lake Schools Charity Casino



Well, let's see if this works.

A s mentioned, I volunteer at a non-profit that has charitable gaming to raise money. It's real money gaming but more of the $1 to $5 variety. We own all our own tables and equipment, including custom chips. Below is a pic of a $5 chip. It is a very shiny gold and about the size of a silver dollar and weighs about half as much as same. The one side shows the denomination along with the organization's name and year founded. The other side is the official crest of the organization with official motto, in Latin. We also had a silver $1 chip with the same inscriptions that was about the size of a .50 piece.

AFter many years of use, we finally retired the metal chips and have replaced them with casino-quality clay chips, again with custom logos and inscriptions. While very elegant and impressive, the metal chips were an absolute nightmare to handle for both dealers and players. Having very little girth, it did not give the "feel" of real money. Also, it was slippery as heck and virtually impossible to stack. Most of the time players and dealers simply put them in to big beer cups and/or buckets. The new clay chips are a dream to work with.

Nareed
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June 19th, 2014 at 6:26:39 PM permalink
Quote: Riva

The other side is the official crest of the organization with official motto, in Latin.



I can't make out the motto. I'd be interested to know what it is.

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Also, it was slippery as heck and virtually impossible to stack.



I inherited a lovely set of translucent poker chips from my dad. The denominations are plain numbers (1, 5, 25, 50, 100, etc). I love to look at them, but you can't stack more than five without them toppling over or even toppling under. They're made of some kind of old-fashioned plastic, I think. He had the set since the 60s or early 70s. Each denomination is a different color, too.
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wezvidz
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June 20th, 2014 at 6:40:40 PM permalink
State: Florida
City: Tampa
Casino: Tampa Bay Downs (The Silks Poker Room)


"Since opening in 2004, The Silks Poker Room has emerged as a prime destination for card-game aficionados of all experience levels and bankroll sizes to test their skills."

Another chip from my Tampa trip. This is a horse racing track just northwest of downtown Tampa. Lots of tables, very clean and a close poker destination to downtown Tampa so it has good action.

This is one of 2 chips from the area that I'm not sure how to categorize by name, because the card room has a unique name vs the venue it is housed it. The other one will be posted tomorrow.

Once I finish my Florida run of chips from the Daytona Beach strip down to Miami, there's two other card rooms at tracks that have unique cardroom names as well. Not sure how to categorize these (venue vs cardroom name) but I'll let the mods sort that out :)

Doc
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June 20th, 2014 at 6:50:36 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

I can't make out the motto. I'd be interested to know what it is.



Since Riva hasn't replied:

"Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini"

Translated as: The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.

It's a Catholic school, or rather a group of schools.
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June 20th, 2014 at 6:56:51 PM permalink
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... other card rooms at tracks that have unique cardroom names as well. Not sure how to categorize these (venue vs cardroom name)....]



I suggest that you list them by the name of the facility rather than the name of the poker room. Or include the name of the poker room in parentheses as you did this time. I'll just put the facility name in the index. I can't think of examples right now, but I think there are plain casinos that have special names for their poker rooms and/or high-limit rooms, and those names might appear on some chips. As long as the facility name is on the chip, like "Tampa Bay Downs", I think that's a good way to list the place here.

BTW, I am not a mod, just a nerd who tries to coordinate some degree of order and consistency in this thread.
Nareed
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June 20th, 2014 at 8:32:00 PM permalink
Thanks!

Quote: Doc

Translated as: The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.

It's a Catholic school, or rather a group of schools.



Even so, it's the oddest thing put on a chip I've seen here.
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wezvidz
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June 21st, 2014 at 3:56:36 PM permalink
State: Florida
City: Tampa
Casino: Tampa Greyhound (Lucky's Card Room)


"We have the friendliest card room in Tampa Bay. Our managers and dealers are committed to making sure your visit to Lucky’s is a great experience. "

This is the second of the two chips in the Tampa area with a venue name and a seperate cardroom name.

I don't remember a lot of details about this place other than that it didn't impress me much in any regard.

Doc
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June 21st, 2014 at 6:35:12 PM permalink
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... I'll just put the facility name in the index.
I am ... just a nerd who tries to coordinate some degree of order and consistency in this thread.


Well, to show a bit of my inconsistency, this time I'm showing the name of Lucky's Card Room in the index, since this Paulson RHC chip doesn't even mention the Tampa Greyhound facility on it.
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June 21st, 2014 at 8:07:01 PM permalink
That is one cute dog. I can't imagine playing cards with him looking at me.
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