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November 11th, 2021 at 1:34:59 AM permalink
Awesome! Any trip to the casino to play -ev games where they let you win is always a bonus!
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November 11th, 2021 at 2:57:52 AM permalink
State: Pennsylvania
City: Bethlehem
Casino: Wind Creek


Today's chip of the day is from Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. On May 31, 2019 it was announced that Wind Creek Hospitality had purchased Sands Casino from Las Vegas Sands. Later that year the name was changed to Wind Creek Casino. Wind Creek Hospitality is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Alabama. The tribe also owns 3 casinos in Alabama, 1 in Nevada, 1 in Aruba, 1 in Curacao, 2 racetrack poker rooms in Florida and another racetrack in Alabama. Sadly although it was on my list I never managed to get to Sands before the name change so I will have to add it to my chip list of disappointments (just kidding). I stopped into to Wind Creek on my way south from Boston earlier this year. I believe I played poker for about a hour here as the table games were all very busy on a Friday night. I actually prefer to collect my chips while playing poker because it gives me more opportunity to sort through $1 chips to find the best one.

The chip is a white RHC with 4 orange creamsicle edge inserts. The centre inlay is white with the casino name, location and chip denom all in black. The Wind Creek logo is a red circle with a "W" inside of it. I like the look of this chip as the centre inlay is very clean looking and uncluttered.

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November 13th, 2021 at 1:41:21 AM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Terral
Casino: Riverstar


Today’s chip of the day is from Riverstar Casino in Terral, Oklahoma. Riverstar Casino opened on March 1, 2018 and has 644 slots and 6 table games. I actually got stuck going to this casino twice to get my chip. This was my last stop of the night driving through Oklahoma from Missouri. Originally the plan was to be coming from Kansas and have a 4 hour shorter drive but I got stuck on a slot machine play in Caruthersville, MO the day before for 6 hours and didn’t make it to my originally booked hotel. I booked one much closer to Caruthersville which meant I had quite a bit more driving the next day. I would have left earlier in the morning but my first stop was at Kansas Crossing and their tables didn’t open until a certain time. Basically it all ended up being a big mess. That all brings us to me getting to to Riverstar after their tables had closed for the night. So I drove to my hotel in Dallas where I was staying for a few days and then two days later made the almost 4 hour round trip drive to Riverstar again, this time I was able to play BJ and collect my chip.

The chip is white with a star motif on it. This is another of the smooth chips that are similar to Chipcos but Doc thought previously might be made by Bud Jones. The centre inlay has a yellow border and is mostly white inside. The casino name is blue with the “A” in Riverstar replaced by a star with a shooting star graphic. The denom is in black on the yellow part of the inlay.

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November 14th, 2021 at 5:07:57 AM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Guymon
Casino: Golden Mesa


Today’s chip of the day is from Golden Mesa Casino in Guymon, Oklahoma. Guymon is located in the panhandle of Oklahoma, I’m not sure why but I have always liked the term panhandle. Golden Mesa Casino opened 9/12/2019 with 600 slot machines and 8 table games. I visited this casino when I was leaving Texas to head back to Las Vegas, no this was not a very efficient route. I walked into Golden Mesa Casino and immediately had deja vu, I had to check my list of chips to see if I had been here years ago and already had the chip but I didn’t. As I walked around I realized why it was so familiar, the casino was an exact replica of yesterday’s chip of the day Riverstar Casino. Every wall, every bank of slots, the table games, the restaurant, the bathrooms even the weird slot alcove were the same. I did some research figuring they were owned by the same tribe but they weren’t. At that point I assumed that the same company built both casinos but I still find it weird that they built two exact replica casinos. I played BJ to get my chip before heading to my hotel for the night.

The chip is the same smooth Bud Jones style as yesterday’s chip from Riverstar. The chip is white with two brown edge inserts. The centre inlay has a brown/yellow border and sand/black centre. The casino name and logo are on the black section with the denom on the yellow part, all writing is white.

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November 15th, 2021 at 12:45:14 AM permalink
State: Oklahoma
City: Broken Bow
Casino: Choctaw


Today's chip of the day is from Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Try as I might I couldn't find the opening date of this casino anywhere on the world wide web. The farthest back that I was able to trace the casino is to a TITO from 2012 that was posted on the chip guide. Choctaw Broken Bow has 475 slots and 5 table games. This is one of the casinos that has slipped through my memory so I can't tell you anything about my experience.

The chip is white with 8 edge inserrs, 4 small yellow ones with lighter yellow streaks through them and 4 large baby blue with 2 white line in the middle of them. The centre inlay is half light blue and half dark blue. Choctaw is black with two red feathers coming from the "C" and the rest of the casino name in red. The denom is two shades of yellow with a black border and the location is white. The top of the inlay has a small black marking that looks like an unfinished spade, I am not sure if that is supposed to be the maker's logo or not.

This is my last chip from Oklahoma, tomorrow we take a short detour to New Mexico.

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November 16th, 2021 at 9:03:54 AM permalink
State: New Mexico
City: Albuquerque
Casino: Isleta


Today's chip of the day is from Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Isleta Casino history is a tad odd. Isleta opened on 7/1/2008 then rebranded to Hard Rock from 2010-2013 when it rebranded again back to Isleta. Isleta Casino has 1799 slots and 30 table games/poker tables, I made a bunch of money on some slot machine plays and then found an open seat at a BJ table for a few hands which was hard to do. After leaving Isleta I had a lot less luck as most casinos in NM either hadn't opened, hadn't reopened their tables or were only letting NM locals into the casinos. This means that I will have to make another trip to Nm at some point since I am still missing a bunch of chips from the area.

The chip is white with 4 faded orange inserts that used to reach the rim of the chip. There are also 4 turquoise ones between each red one touching the centre inlay. The centre inlay has 3 rings around it in orange, turquoise and black. The Isleta logo is a eagle? Feel free to correct me on that one. The bird is red with two shades of brown. The casino name is brown while the denom and "resort casino" is red. The chip has the same little black logo as yesterday's chip and since this chip is the same as my other chipco chips I will assume this logo represents the new company. I zoomed in on the logo and it isn't a leaf but I think "G O".

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November 16th, 2021 at 10:09:26 AM permalink
Jeez, PG. Unless I have missed making an appropriate entry in the index, this is the very first New Mexico chip posted in this thread other than the ones I posted myself! Has rdw4potus got some warrant out for him in that state, or is there some more plausible reason he has never collected chips from there? I collected my chips from there on a trip I made eight and a half years ago in March 2013, visiting Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. (Oops, confession time: I checked back in this thread and saw that RDW was planning to visit the state later that same year and collect his chips.)

I managed to lose $60 playing $5 craps at that Hard Rock casino (now once again the Isleta) between stops at the Sandia and Route 66 casinos. When I posted that chip in this thread, I provided a link to an Albuquerque Journal article (unfortunately no longer available on line) from which I quoted a line saying, "... the casino operated under the Isleta brand for twenty years before aligning with Hard Rock three years ago." I don't have the article any more, but that statement seems to conflict with the source you found saying that the place just opened in 2008.

I think they didn't have (legal) casinos at all in New Mexico when I lived there in 1969-71.
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November 16th, 2021 at 10:32:53 AM permalink
I got my info from the Isleta entry on the chipguide so you will have to take it up with them lol.

Any idea as far as the makers mark on what I would 100% say is a chipco style?
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November 16th, 2021 at 10:46:22 AM permalink
Take a look at the upper-left corner of this web page and tell me whether that is convincing enough.
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November 16th, 2021 at 10:46:26 AM permalink
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Any idea as far as the makers mark on what I would 100% say is a chipco style?
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It looks very similar to the mark on the Platinum Series Mohican North Star Roulette chip on the Game On Chipco website.

I am not willing to drive to Bowler at this time to investigate further. Sorry. :)


edit: That should be North Star Mohican Casino, not Mohican North Star Casino. Sorry.
I can tell you it is just up the road from the health center they talked about on The West Wing in the "Indians in the Lobby" episode.
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