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PokerGrinder
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March 15th, 2019 at 3:55:37 PM permalink
I dont remember where I got the info, Im going to call before I go though.
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March 15th, 2019 at 9:40:18 PM permalink
Category: South America
City: Rinconada de Los Andes, Chile
Casino: Enjoy Casino


Today's chip of the day is from Enjoy Casino in Rinconada de Los Andes, Chile. Both Casino City and the casino site say that they have 1300+ slots and 50 table games, both these numbers seem quite high but who am I to argue it? I had decided to not go to this casino for two reasons, they don't have a shuttle and I had a feeling that they would be using the same chips as the Enjoy in Vina Del Mar. After visiting the casino in Vina Del Mar and they weren't using Enjoy chips I thought I would probably see if I could find a way to the casino.

My last full day in Chile I took a bus back to Santiago from Valparaiso and checked back into the hostel. I found a bus that goes to a town called Los Andes which is 20 minutes away from the casino which is literally off of the main highway in the middle of nowhere. I took the metro to the bus station, then ditched the ticket line because I wouldn't have made it in time for the bus leaving in 5 minutes. I went straight to the bus figuring maybe I could buy a ticket there, I was right! The bus was 90 minutes to Los Andes and then I ordered an Uber to the casino.

The entry to the casino was 3,300 pesos, I wonder how they decide on these random entry fees. I put my name on the poker list but sadly never got a seat at the table. I vultured a few slots and played 3 hands of BJ winning 27,000 pesos. I left and found out you can't get an Uber to the casino as it's in the middle of nowhere. The service desk said they couldn't call me a cab but I could use the phone to call. I told them I don't speak much Spanish and they pity called me a taxi. The cab was just some random guy in his own car, he got me to the bus station and didn't charge me too much which he could have since I didn't have any other options. I got on a bus going back to Santiago, got off about 15 minutes before the bus station because of a massive traffic jam and Ubered back to the hostel. I survived!

The chip is blue with 3 dark blue/yellow/dark blue edge inserts. The centre inlay is white with the casino name and logo . The denomination is under the name and logo in black.

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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March 16th, 2019 at 8:12:13 AM permalink
Yipes, PG! Reading your tale of getting to Rinconada de Los Andes makes me glad I'm not a chip collector myself!

;-)


With that snide remark out of the way ... Today marks the seventh anniversary of the creation of this thread. A year ago today I noted that I have the intent to commemorate this event each year but that for a long time I have not followed through on that intent with good implementation. I guess I just want to give a little annual update on where we stand in documenting the casinos of the world.

Here are a few recent statistics of this thread, with each year's data up to the anniversary date:





       2017       2018       2019   
Total chips posted to date  
1,009
1,082
1,211
Chips posted in past year  
93
73
129
Total posts to date  
?
7,014
7,576
Thread page
648
698
754
Total views to date  
>1.1 million
1,249,229
1,456,947


We still have a total of zero serious arguments or suspensions resulting from this thread, and I hope that continues. In recent years, for a "Chip of the Day" thread, we haven't been getting anywhere close to 365 chips/year. If we could just convince PG to take a break from collecting and just post those duffle bags of chips he already has in hand, maybe we would come closer.
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March 16th, 2019 at 9:18:51 AM permalink
Duffel bags lol? I only have about 25 or so to post right now. I think I posted most of those 129 last year lol.
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March 16th, 2019 at 11:45:47 AM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Category: South America
City: Rinconada de Los Andes, Chile
Casino: Enjoy Casino


Today's chip of the day is from Enjoy Casino in Rinconada de Los Andes, Chile. Both Casino City and the casino site say that they have 1300+ slots and 50 table games...



Where do all the people at this casino in the middle of nowhere come from, and how do they get there?

I thought about the same questions when I visited some of the more remote casinos in Nevada. Do people commute 40 miles each way every day to clean ashtrays?
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March 16th, 2019 at 12:21:47 PM permalink
Im honestly not sure, there are a bunch of small towns 20-40 minutes away. If I lived in Santiago Id go to Monticello as its bigger and closer to the city.
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March 16th, 2019 at 8:50:46 PM permalink
Category: South America
City: Bogota, Colombia
Casino: Crown Palatino


Today's chip of the day is from Crown Casino in Bogota, Colombia. Crown Casino Palatino has 130 slot machines and 14 table games. This was the 3rd Crown casino I went to in Bogota trying to get a chip. The beginning of my trip we flew into Bogota and I tried to go to Crown Casino in Zona T that Konbu went to but it was closed. At the end of my trip when I was back in Bogota I went to Crown Casino in Unicentro Mall but the tables were closed although I won $195,000 pesos vulturing. My third attempt was a success! I went to the Crown Casino in the Palatino Mall and they actually had tables! I played 5,000 minimum BJ and vultured a few machines for a $120,000 profit. The dealer didn't speak much English but I enjoyed her personality.

The chip is grey with 8 white edge inserts and 4 white egg shapes around the chip. The centre inlay is white with the Codere name and logo. If you go to Crown Palatino's website they have the companies logo on the site, I'm not sure if they own the casino or what. I clicked on the logo but it goes to a dead site. The chip has the mall name, the country and the denomination in black.

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
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March 16th, 2019 at 8:52:15 PM permalink
Doc I'd suggest adding this chip as Crown Palatino and adding Zona T to the Crown chip that Konbu previously posted.
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March 17th, 2019 at 10:25:59 AM permalink
Thanks for the suggestion. In Konbu's post, he provided a link to the casino's web site, but the link didn't work for me.

The casinocity.com site lists four Crown casinos in Bogota: Palatino, San Rafael, Unicentro, and Zona T. If I start with casinocity's page for that last one and take the link from there to the casino's site, it does list the other three, but then further links seem to identify additional casinos. Unfortunately, I don't know Spanish at all, and I can't read the casino's site. Because of the language barrier for me, I will go with PokerGrinder's suggestion at least for now. If Konbu or anyone else has a different suggestion, let me hear it.
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March 18th, 2019 at 8:36:07 PM permalink
Category: South America
City: Cartagena, Colombia
Casino: Masters Royale Casino


Today's chip of every couple of days is from Masters Royale Casino in Cartagena, Colombia. I took a taxi to Master Royale Casino in the Bocagrande area of Cartagena. Masters Royale was formerly Atlantis Casino and the casino was still using the old chips for the 5,000 and 25,000 chips. My options for a Masters Royale chip was 2,500 or 100,000, I chose the cheaper option. I played 10,000 minimum BJ and lost 97,500 of my 100,000 buy in. Masters Royale isn't listed on Casino City so I will just say the casino was small.

The chip is blue with 4 yellow edge inserts. The centre inlay is black with the casino logo and the denomination in the middle circle. The casino name and the location are on the outer circle, all the writing is white. The chip has a few chips out of it, one on each side.

You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston

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