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Konbu
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March 3rd, 2017 at 4:04:09 PM permalink
Nope, no problem at all since the outline is still visible and we already know where it's from. They are both the same.

星際娛樂場 = 星際 (interstellar), 娛樂 (entertainment) 場 (place/center). 娛樂場 is a classier way of saying casino.

Casino in Chinese is 賭場, which is literally "gambling place/center."
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PokerGrinder
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March 4th, 2017 at 7:23:38 PM permalink
Category: Asia
City: Taipa, Macau
Casino: Taipa Square


Today's chip of the day is from Taipa Square Casino in Taipa, Macau. Taipa Square was opened by Melcro Crown on June 12, 2008. This was the second last chip that we collected in Macau since we collected from Taipa last. We went to Grandview Casino, found out that there weren't any chips to collect and then tried to get a taxi to take us to Taipa Square. We asked a taxi and he seemed really confused and argued with us a little before we finally understood what he said, Taipa Square was literally a 3 minute walk behind Grandview. The taxi driver shook his head and laughed at us once we understood, we then walked to Taipa Square. I have no recollection of this casino and there are no pictures online of the inside. So... it was a casino where we either won or lost money on a game of gambling that probably involved baccarat or BJ, vague enough? For some reason they do not use $5 chips at Taipa Square so the lowest denomination that I could get were the $10 chips. I think this is the only casino that had $10 chips but not $5 chips.

The chip is very basic, it is actually the same model that I collected from Casino Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada which is made by Bourgogne et Grasset. The chip is a dirty sandy brown I would say. The centre inlay is white with with the casino name, the BG mark and MPBL all in black. I have no clue whatsoever what MPBL stands for. The denomination is in gold with a black outline over top of a silver horse. The horse looks like the Denver Broncos logo to me, highly doubt any connection :P

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Konbu
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March 5th, 2017 at 7:17:48 AM permalink
http://www.taipasquare.com.mo/en/casinos

Their website under casino says "There are around thirty table games with Baccarat and Sic Bo. "
but in the Chinese version it says "全場設有二十多張賭檯, 提供百家樂、骰寶等娛樂遊戲"= there are more than 20 tables, with baccarat, sicbo etc. games. Is it closer to 20 or 30 tables??

Also looks like there was a review of this property on: http://wizardofmacau.com/casinos/taipasquare.html

Lastly, MPBL most likely stands for Melco PBL Gaming (Macau) Limited. Looks like Taipa Square is in the same family as City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira. There's a short summary on wiki here but only in Chinese: https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%96%B0%E6%BF%A0%E5%8D%9A%E4%BA%9E%E5%8D%9A%E5%BD%A9
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Ayecarumba
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March 5th, 2017 at 9:47:33 AM permalink
I think the "PBL" stands for "Publishing and Broadcasting Limited" the Australian entertainment and gaming conglomerate that partnered with Melco to run the casinos in Macau under the Melco license. When Macau first opened, Melco had no experience running casinos, but they had the license.
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March 5th, 2017 at 1:06:28 PM permalink
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Doc
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March 5th, 2017 at 2:03:00 PM permalink
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March 5th, 2017 at 6:18:59 PM permalink
Category: Asia
City: Cotai, Macau
Casino: Sands Cotai


Today's chip of the day is from Sands Cotai in Cotai, Macau. We got to Sands Cotai and immediately starting looking for a table that had the $5 chips available. After about ten minutes we found them, then we found a roulette table with a low outside bet minimum ($200 HKD) and played one spin. We lost the spin, cashed out and left. We didn't spend too much time in each casino unless we were playing poker there since the table limits were so high.

The chip is the same style as yesterday's chip from Taipa Square so I am assuming that it is a BG chip although there is no mark on the chip. The chip is pink (brighter than the picture shows) and has a white centre inlay. The same logo that was on the Sands chip is in the background of this one as well. Sands Cotai in English and Chinese is shown in gold in the middle. The denomination is black with a silver outline. This is one of the nicer chips that I collected in Asia. It is very clean with a very nice centre inlay.

After today I have 6 more chips to present (yes I know Doc will make a joke about that lasting me 2-3 more weeks :P) before Konbu can get back to posting his chips from his backpacking trip.

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Konbu
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March 6th, 2017 at 8:00:59 AM permalink
The second and third character can't be made out but since we know this is from Cotai, the chip should read 路氹城金沙, with 路氹城=Cotai, 金=Gold, 沙=sand. By the way, the same sounding but written slightly different characters 金莎 is the name for Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Perhaps it's named that because of the gold foil? Ferrero Rocher is a popular item to gift around Chinese New Year, or even when visiting someone's home because it's custom not to bring "two bunches of bananas," i.e., empty hands.
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March 6th, 2017 at 8:20:46 AM permalink
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After today I have 6 more chips to present (yes I know Doc will make a joke about that lasting me 2-3 more weeks ....


Nah, you're on a hot streak. It only took you 10 days to post your last six days worth of chips, so I have faith that you can do it again in under two weeks.
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March 6th, 2017 at 8:51:13 AM permalink
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Nah, you're on a hot streak. It only took you 10 days to post your last six days worth of chips, so I have faith that you can do it again in under two weeks.


This is true but in my defence I had a valid excuse for not posting on 3/4 days with the last one being that I forgot to post after getting home from seeing Logan in theatres. Very good btw.
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