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June 12th, 2017 at 11:01:19 AM permalink
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June 15th, 2017 at 11:12:55 AM permalink
So I've got my ticket booked to Asia for just under 4 months starting in January. I will be going to India for a month. Starting in New Dehli and then backpacking though Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Mumbai and then finishing in Goa.

In Goa I will doing some chip collecting. They have 18 casinos, 6 of them are riverboats and 12 are in high end hotels. I'm getting conflicting reports on if the onshore casinos have tables. I've seen sites that say no and some that say they do but are partially electronic but do have chips so I will just make my rounds while I'm there.

I will be visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in Thailand. Thailand doesn't have any casinos as gambling is illegal but I will be visiting a poker club that a friend of mine plays all the time as he lives out there half the year. The game is very safe he says and they even have a Facebook page.

Next up is Cambodia where I will do the majority of my gambling on this trip. On my way from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia you pass through a casino border town called Poipet. I will be stopping there for the night and they have around 10 casinos. I will then head to Siem Reap the next day. This is the part of my trip I am looking forward to the most as Angkor Wat is supposed to be the most amazing place! After Siem Reap I will head to the capital of Phnom Penh. They have one casino there (Nagaworld) plus a few poker clubs around the city. Next up is the beach town of Sihanoukville where I plan on grinding for a week or so. They have 6+ casinos where I will collect from. It is much harder to get information on all these places in Asia then in NA but I think I've found a enough to figure it out.

After Sihanoukville I will be heading to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. On my way I will be passing through the other casino border town of Bavet that is there for Vietnamese citizens. There seems to be about half a dozen casinos here. After Ho Chi Minh City I will be heading to a casino resort by the beach for one night before getting back to travelling. I will be taking a hop on hop off bus to northern Vietnam. I will be stopping in Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi and probably Ha Long. There are 6 more casinos in Vietnam with tables and I plan on hitting two of them that are on the path I will be on. I'm not willing to veer off my intended path on this trip to collect.

From Hanoi I will be flying to Luang Prabang in Laos because the alternative is a 38 hour bus ride and I refuse to go through that hell when I can afford a $150 plane ticket. Call me spoiled I guess lol. I will spend 3-4 days in the capital before heading to Vientiane for 3-4 days. I will visit the casino there as well as in my next stop which is Savannakhet. My last stop in Laos will be in Pakse because I've heard its beautiful. At that point I will fly back to Bangkok.

I have planned the trip with 2 weeks of "extra" days at the end of the trip just in case I get delayed somewhere or the poker games are great in Cambodia. That way I don't have to skip any of my planned destinations. If everything goes as planned and I end up in Bangkok with 2 weeks before my flight then I will buy a plane ticket somewhere. Maybe I'll go back to Macau or somewhere new.
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June 15th, 2017 at 5:59:13 PM permalink
PG. This needs its own, I'm sure phenomenal thread, either now or when you go, but I would suggest now, because the various arrangements you make ahead of this would be really interesting and useful for anyone else trying an Asian trip like this. I'd like to suggest you copy and paste this itinerary into a new TR in that sub-forum, and keep us up to date on the preparations. Thanks!
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June 15th, 2017 at 6:21:47 PM permalink
Sounds like it is going to be amazing PG! Looking forward to reading about it.

Is there a rainy season, or a best time to go weatherwise?
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June 15th, 2017 at 6:46:12 PM permalink
Yes I will be in India when it's less hot and I leave se Asia just before monsoon season. I am purposely going to India in January when the weather is less insanely hot.
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June 15th, 2017 at 10:29:54 PM permalink
I have created a separate thread for my Asia trip.

http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/trip-reports/29050-grinder-backpacking-asia-round-2/
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June 20th, 2017 at 11:01:33 AM permalink
I won't post pictures of all the chips I picked up on my Spring Fling trip because most of them have been posted here. I do have three new ones that haven't been posted but the casino has.

The first one is a $1 chip from Mineral Palace in Deadwood, SD. I already had a $5 chip from here but they recently replaced their $1 coins with chips so I picked one up. I will cash my $5 in next time I am in Deadwood.

The next two are my most expensive chips as they are both $25 chips. The first one is from the First Gold Casino in Deadwood, SD. They use coins for $1 and generic $5 chips that either say BlackJack or Horseshoe on them. I wanted a chip that had the casino name so this time (my third visit to Deadwood) I decided to keep a $25 chip. I debated whether this was silly but silly won out in the end.

The third chip is also a $25 chip from Deadwood. It is from the Celebrity Casino where I previously collected a $1 coin. They use $1 coins and oversized $5 coins so again I bit the bullet and kept an expensive green chip.

The other two chips in this picture are already in the chip of the day from the Augustine Casino and Havasu Landing Casino.

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June 20th, 2017 at 11:39:36 AM permalink
TWO $25 chips? Hehe... You need to seek professional help PG... This is getting out of hand.
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June 20th, 2017 at 12:12:45 PM permalink
Didn't I once post a much larger denomination chip from my collection?
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June 20th, 2017 at 12:12:47 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

TWO $25 chips? Hehe... You need to seek professional help PG... This is getting out of hand.


Getting out of hand??? The collection currently sits at 607 casinos, I think it's been out of hand for awhile now lol.
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