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January 19th, 2019 at 7:33:24 AM permalink
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Do you think it's on purpose? Counterfeit protection?

Yes, I feel certain that it is on purpose -- there is just too much evidence for it to be accidental.

There has been discussion in this thread for years speculating on the reason. Yes, I believe that in most cases the hidden images are related to counterfeit protection. When I have cashed in larger chips ($100 or above, anyway), I have seen the cashier hold the chip under a UV light, so they are at least looking to see whether there is something fluorescing on the chip where it is supposed to. However, if a counterfeiter is aware of the hidden images and is going to produce his/her own chips with similar hidden images, then surely they are paying enough attention to notice the "typos" and insert those also.

In addition, I have difficulty believing that there is much justification to take any significant steps to prevent counterfeiting of $1 chips. In the small quantities that a counterfeiter would likely introduce them, they probably cost more than $1 to manufacture, and the criminal efforts would be directed at higher-value chips. My guess is that (at least for the $1 chips and maybe all of them) this introduction of typos just strikes someone's sense of humor. It is unfortunate that this forum doesn't have a participant from a chip manufacturer who might be able to reveal the truth.
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January 19th, 2019 at 5:36:27 PM permalink
State: Nevada
City: Jean
Casino: Terrible’s


There is plenty of conflicting information available from my usual sources. It’s almost as if you can’t trust everything that you read on the internet these days.

In September 2016, the Wizard posted a review of the Gold Strike in Jean, NV. In that review, he noted that the Gold Strike had opened in 1990 and that he took a bus junket from LA to there in 1993.

In contrast, the MoGH Chip Guide says that the Gold Strike opened in 1987 and lists several of its chips as having been issued in 1987. That same page of the Chip Guide says that the Gold Strike was sold in October 2014 “to Jerry Herbst, JETT Gaming. In the process of rebranding, should be completed by the end of 2015.” The rebranding was to be as Terrible’s Road House Casino, and that page also says that the Gold Strike closed 7/6/18. A separate page in the Guide says that the Terrible’s Road House Casino opened that same date.

In further contrast, the remnants of the Gold Strike web site say that the casino had been purchased by JETT Gaming NOT on that October 2014 date but “April 30th", although the year is not stated. Let’s just say that I am not completely confident as to the dates that things changed.

I don’t even remember when I first visited the Gold Strike, but I posted my souvenir chip to this thread way back on May 19, 2012. In that post, I mentioned a lot of other conflicting information I had encountered back then.

Now, I have no idea what really took place there in July 2018, but I know the casino was operating under the Terrible’s name for years before that. They were still using Gold Strike chips at their table games but had players’ club cards and slot machine tickets that used the Terrible’s name. Just to add to the confusion, in some cases they said “Roadhouse” and in some cases “Road House.” I stopped by the place several times hoping to pick up a Terrible’s Road House or Roadhouse chip as a souvenir, but did not find anything but Gold Strike chips.

Some time this past year, and I can’t find the post now, DRich let us know that new chips had finally been ordered and would be coming in with the Terrible’s name. On October 31, he posted that the new chips would be in play the following day, so I made plans to pick one up five weeks later.

I did make it to the casino for a souvenir on 12/6/18 and discovered a few more things. The new “Largest Chevron in the World”, located just across the highway, is now bearing the name of Terrible’s Road House. I have found other sites that report that there is a Terrible’s Road House restaurant and casino in Searchlight, NV, and I think I have been there, too, but it’s just a slot parlor. The casino in Jean is now using the name “Terrible’s Hotel & Casino”, which is pretty much the same name as is on my souvenir chip from the former casino on Paradise Road in Las Vegas. The casino’s slot tickets still say “Terrible’s Roadhouse”, but the cashier said they were working to change that and to get the new signs up on the outside of the building. I am just listing this chip as “Terrible’s”.

The table gaming area of the casino has two blackjack tables, one roulette table (didn't check the number of zeros), one Baccarat table, and one electronic blackjack table. A blackjack at the live table pays 6:5, and it was operating at the $5-minimum level when I was there about 4:00 PM on a Thursday. I was the only player in the entire table games area, staffed by one dealer and a supervisor. In fifteen minutes of play, I came out $10 ahead after toking the dealer and pocketing a $1 souvenir.

My souvenir is a white ceramic chip from the manufacturer ICON, whose logo may be seen at the 3:00 position on the chip, just below the “O” of “Casino”. The chip shows the full Terrible’s Hotel & Casino name, the mustachioed, cross-eyed cowboy logo, the denomination, and the location in Jean, Nevada. All of the printing is in black outline around white, except the denomination, which is black outline around a gold fill. Both faces of the chip are identical, and the edge of the chip has four pinkish marks (imitation edge inserts, I suppose), very slightly visible in the photo exactly at the top, bottom, and sides of the face image. The Chip Guide refers to this as “medal aligned.” UV light reveals that the casino name and location fluoresce.

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