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PokerGrinder
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March 12th, 2017 at 10:11:02 PM permalink
Category: Asia
City: Macau, Macau
Casino: Lan Kwai Fong


Today's chip of the day is from Lan Kwai Fong Casino in Macau, Macau. I mentioned in my post on February 19th that all SJM casinos except one use the same chips, well this is the one. We visited Lan Kwai Fong and mistakenly determined that they used the standard SJM chips, so we left without collecting a chip. We visited all the other casinos and had finished collecting. I was laying in bed messing around on the internet on my last night in Macau when something posted on the chip board on MoGH got me to looking at MoGH's Macau section. I luckily looked at Lan Kwai Fong's page for no real reason and saw they had SJM chips with Lan Kwai Fong on them. Luckily Lan Kwai Fong Casino was just down the street from our hotel so I walked over and checked. Amazingly there they were, Lan Kwai Fong chips!!! This is the second chip in less than 6 months that I collected by accident with a little bit of sheer dumb luck. The reason that they use different chips is because the casino isn't owned by SJM. It is owned by China Star Entertainment Group LTD and the casino is run under a SJM license.

The chip looks like it is made by BG although there is no mark on it. The chip is purple/blue with a white centre inlay. The top of the inlay has the casino name and logo, the middle has the denomination and the bottom has the SJM name and logo. All writing is in black. The chip also has what looks like a serial number.




This is my last chip post until after spring fling. As always thank you to Doc for letting me share my collection (even if it happens slowly) with the collectors on this site. Konbu you are up to bat!
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March 13th, 2017 at 7:50:45 AM permalink
And thanks to you, PokerGrinder, for a nice series of chip posts for this thread. You have contributed 16 (if I counted correctly) of the 21 chips that we have from Asia. (The other Asian chips include 2 each from Konbu and Tomspur and 1 that I posted but which was a gift chip from member telliot.)

Perhaps it is relevant to note that PokerGrinder's own contributions of chips from Asia exceed the number of chips that this thread has included from Africa, Europe, and Oceania combined! I think that suggests that some of our members need to be making more trips to casinos in the eastern hemisphere and posting their discoveries here.   ;-)
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March 13th, 2017 at 9:09:45 AM permalink
Well I'll be adding a bunch more to the Asia section next year but I don't have any plans to add to any of the other international sections.

Maybe you and Mrs Doc should take a world cruise. I've heard they are amazing. Something like 85 days cruising all over the world. Imagine what you would see! (And collect but more importantly see)
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March 13th, 2017 at 10:44:25 AM permalink
Can you imagine how ticked off our cat would be if we left for three months? Sometimes she seems to get in a snit when I'm gone long enough to take the trash out. Besides, my wife and I seem to get a little blasé with cruising after about two weeks. I suppose it could be a fun lifestyle, but not so much if you have a home to get back to.
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March 14th, 2017 at 10:12:53 AM permalink
I guess so. I tried to get a job dealing cards on a cruise ship when I was 19/20. Nearly impossible to even get a reply back. This is how I found out about the world cruise. They are also crazy expensive.
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March 14th, 2017 at 1:12:51 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

... They are also crazy expensive.


Just last week, I followed up on an ad for a 15-night cruise starting in Yokohama, Japan, hitting a couple of other ports in that country plus one in Russia before heading across to Vancouver. A veranda stateroom would have cost just $849 per person -- slightly more than half of what I would expect.

Unfortunately, it would cost at least $1,800 per person for the airline tickets. I can't stand the notion that the hours on a plane cost more than double the price of 15 days on a cruise ship in a nice cabin.
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March 14th, 2017 at 7:23:16 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

Just last week, I followed up on an ad for a 15-night cruise starting in Yokohama, Japan, hitting a couple of other ports in that country plus one in Russia before heading across to Vancouver. A veranda stateroom would have cost just $849 per person -- slightly more than half of what I would expect.

Unfortunately, it would cost at least $1,800 per person for the airline tickets. I can't stand the notion that the hours on a plane cost more than double the price of 15 days on a cruise ship in a nice cabin.



Even with airfare, your still under 200 per night for the trip, and have the opportunity to fly in a few days early for some land touring, and possible casino hopping (in the footsteps of PokerGrinder+Vietnam and/or the Philippines), prior to boarding the slow boat to Canada...
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March 14th, 2017 at 8:43:53 PM permalink
Today, I received an email promoting that exact same cruise (Celebrity Millennium, sailing on 5/7/17) but for a Concierge Class Stateroom (better than the plain veranda stateroom promoted before) and for just $699 per person. Couldn't beat that price with a baseball bat. Even knowing that the airfare was prohibitive, I clicked on the link. By the time I clicked, the Aqua Class, Concierge Class, Veranda, and Ocean View staterooms were all sold out. Only things available were inside staterooms (haven't been willing to go that route in decades) and suites (way out of my bracket).
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March 16th, 2017 at 8:51:39 AM permalink
Doc so how come you haven't been harassing Konbu to post his chips!?!? Is the harassing saved all for me? 😊
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March 16th, 2017 at 10:17:35 AM permalink
It's not really that you merit "special treatment" in that regard. It just would have had no impact at all for me to try to hassle our friend Konbu -- he hasn't visited the forum in more than a week.

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