Doc I have noticed that you listed the original Oaklawn chip as 'Oaklawn Park" The chip makes no mention to "Park" and neither does the chip guide or the casino website. I'm not sure why you have it listed that way. As far as this chip and that chip I have no idea how you want to differentiate the two chips in the index.link to original post
P.S 4 days in a row that I posted a chip!!! (Don't get used to me remembering)
Oaklawn Park vs. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort???? Man, it might be difficult to dredge up all of the relevant history.
The "ever-reliable" Wikipedia currently has their web page using the "Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort" name, while they note that the place opened as Oakland Park Race Track in 1905. They refer to racing events at "Oaklawn Park" at least through 2019, well after I visited their all-electronic-games casino in 2015. I suspect -- but cannot document -- that the signage around the place still all said Oaklawn Park, even though that designation was not used on the chips even back then. It was not until April 2019 that the Arkansas constitution was amended to allow full, live casino games.
Did the casino ever really operate as "Oaklawn Park"? If so, did they just not include the "Park" designation on the chips for some reason like "We plan to change the name eventually and don't want to have to rebuy chips", or some such thing? Did the casino name get changed when the constitution was amended? On the other hand, could they perhaps have operated the track under a different name from the casino even back in 2015 but with signage that didn't make that clear to patrons? I have no idea of the proper answers.
Since the chips that are currently in use have not changed, my usual view would be that the casino has not changed and we shouldn't need two CCotD posts for this place. However, since you have already composed and made your post, I will add it to the directory under the simple name of "Oaklawn". That's somewhat like the way we have both Southland and Southland Park shown in the index, but those have different chips shown. If someone has different thoughts, I am open to suggestions.
City: Pine Bluff
Today's chip of the day is from Saracen Casino in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Saracen Casino opened on 10/20/2020 and is owned by the Quapaw Nation Casino. The casino is very large and it felt like the rows of slot machines went on forever. Saracen has 2000 slot machines and 50 table games. I spent a few hours there and played BJ to collect my chip after I picked through all the slot machines.
The chip is white and looks like a Chipco but it doesn't have the Chipco logo. The chip has 2 blue edge inserts and a couple of objects around the edges. The objects look to me to be a trident/pitch fork and the blue one looks slightly like a dream catcher, what do you think? The centre inlay is 2/3 white, 1/3 blue with a blue border. It is faint but about 2/3 of the edge of the inlay has black gear like marks. The casino name is red except for "aracen" which is blue. The casino logo looks to be a Native American with an arrowhead in his hair.
Casino: Desert Diamond
Today's chip of the day is from Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale, Arizona. The fourth Desert Diamond Casino opened on December 20, 2015 and immediately faced legal opposition. Apparently the state was ok with the tribe building a new casino but not in the Phoenix area. Due to the disagreement the casino was forced to open with Class II slots and no table games as the gaming commission wouldn't issue them a full gaming license. In mid 2017 the tribe and state came to a settlement where the tribe got everything they wanted but had to sign an agreement to not build any more casinos in the Phoenix area. The casino now has 1089 slots and I wasn't able to find a published number of table or poker tables. I played BJ to collect my chip as I usually do and I either won or lost or broke even, who knows?
The chip is white with 6 dark blue edge inserts. The centre inlay is white with a grey hill on the bottom half of the inlay. The casino name is in black and baby blue. The denom is white and the casino location is black. The black diamond for the casino logo is above the casino name. The back of the chip has the diamond logo enlarged in light grey over a darker grey inlay. The casino name and location are black while the denom is white.