City: Las Vegas
Casino: Arizona Charlie's East
Alphabetizing this list of casino chips for presentation gets a bit more complicated when I start having trouble figuring out the real name of the casino. This chip itself clearly refers to "Arizona Charlie's East," while almost every text reference I can find on the web calls the casino "Arizona Charlie's Boulder." Alphabetizing by that name would have put it ahead of yesterday's Casino Chip of the Day. Moreover, according to the image on Google Maps Street View, the sign out front just says "Arizona Charlie's Hotel Casino." Well, hey, I'm going with what it says on my
chip, regardless of what they call the place now.
Of course, that raises the question of whether they now have chips that say "Arizona Charlie's Boulder," in which case I might eventually feel the compulsion to go back out there to get another souvenir. I have done that a number of times when casinos have changed names, but I'm not sure of the official naming history on this place. Maybe it changed names somewhere in the bankruptcy and change of ownership. Anyone know?
In any case, the casino is located on Boulder Highway, waaaayyy east across town from Arizona Charlie's Decatur, giving some justification to any of the name variations.
This chip illustrates a different design and manufacturing technique than the previous chips I have shown. This one has no mold impressions at all and is smooth all over the surface, as if it were coated in some manner. There is printing of the casino name (including "East") on the very edge of the chip.
At first glance, the chip seems thinner than the others, which might cause some difficulty in cutting a stack of mixed chips accurately, if that were really the case. Closer examination reveals that it is the same thickness as the chip from the west-side affiliate (as close as my eye can judge) but that the edges (corners?) are rounded rather than sharp.
If any member of this forum has knowledge of chip manufacturing techniques, I will appreciate their contributions as I note the different chip designs. I have some background in manufacturing processes, but I know nothing about casino chip manufacturing. I will have some comments about the vendor/supplier of tomorrow's Casino Chip of the Day.
So has anyone been to the Boulder Highway version of this casino recently, and can you tell me what their chips say on them now? East? Boulder? No location/franchise distinction?
Edit 4/4/12: Chip manufacturer identified as Chipco and chip finish as Satin.
Edit 3/28/12: I have just received from rdw4potus the links to some images of his chips from casinos that I have already passed in this thread. Thanks, rdw! I am editing my posts to include his images, such as this one: