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March 12th, 2023 at 6:32:12 PM permalink
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PG, another nice addition to the thread (says the collector who has STILL never made his way to northern Nevada!) Well, yes, I have been to Reno, Tahoe, etc. but not to the I-80 spots like Elko, West Wendover, and such. Right now, I cannot even recall having been to Ely.
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You should itís a lovely drive but do it during the warm months cause Iíve been caught in bad weather up there a few times.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. ó Amarillo Slim Preston
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March 12th, 2023 at 6:34:15 PM permalink
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PokerGrinder,

The isolated symbol on the Maverick chip might be a Z rather than an N.

Funny how you mentioned having a "cursed" casino...

Mine is the now-gone but unlamented Horizon in Vicksburg. While I didn't lose every time I was there, I did lose the vast majority of my numerous BJ sessions there. I kept playing there because I did so well against all the other Vicksburg casinos that I continued making the trip.

Even after they changed names (shortly before closing permanently) their winning streak against me continued, so apparently the name wasn't their lucky talisman.

Dog Hand
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I Zee what you Zee there 😂. Whether itís a ďZĒ or a ďNĒ I still donít know what it stands for.

Iíve been to Vicksburg a handful of times but luckily (apparently hehe) I never made it the Horizon Casino.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. ó Amarillo Slim Preston
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March 13th, 2023 at 2:59:12 AM permalink
State: Nevada
City: Lake Tahoe
Casino: Ballyís


Todayís chip of the day is from Ballyís Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Ballyís Tahoe was formerly the Montbleu Casino but was sold in 2021 to Ballyís after Eldorado bought Caesarís entertainment. I visited the Montbleu most likely in 2013 on my first trip through the Reno/Tahoe area. Not that my memory is ever very good but I wonít feel bad about not remembering anything about the layout of the casino since it was 10 years ago. Due to my lack of memory I really couldnít tell you how much the casino has changed since changing ownership.

The casino has 542 slots and 28 table games although all but 5 were closed due to a lack of staff. I played single deck bj to get my chip and broke exactly even after about 30 minutes of play. All the shoe bj were 6-5 which is pretty sad but not surprising these days.

The chip is a blue RHC with 3 pink triangle inserts. The centre inlay is light blue with a white centre. The casino name is red, the location is blue and the denom is blue with a white border.

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March 24th, 2023 at 2:03:51 PM permalink
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...P.S Doc Iím sure you know but the anniversary is coming up mid March.


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Yes, I have that on my calendar.



Well, folks, those two quotes from PG and myself were from back on March 2. In spite of my having had the appropriate date marked on my calendar and in spite of PG's reminder two weeks in advance, I am just now posting the (alledged) annual post a full eight days behind schedule. Yes, I have plenty of excuses for why I am not keeping with my plans, but I will try not to repeat those and will just do what I can to generate the annual report now.

The Casino Chip of the Day (CCotD) thread was created in March 2012 as one of my whims and may have been slipping into some doldrums for a while. It now appears that the thread has very much come back to life in the past year, with PG and others having contributed almost as many new CCotD entries as we have had in any recent years. As I have mentioned before, once you get more than a thousand casinos represented in such a thread, it is very difficult to maintain such a pace of new entries.

The thread has, indeed, encountered a few difficulties along the way. More than two years ago, I reported that a number of chip images had disappeared, likely because of changes at the PhotoBucket web site, where many collectors/posters had stored their chip images. That problem still lingers. Much more recently, I learned that some members (though not all) could not see some of the chip images that I had recently posted myself. That problem seems to be related to the way I have my images stored at my own web site (hosted by GoDaddy) and that host's not-very-helpful support.

One problem that does seem to have now been resolved satisfactorily (I think) is the thread index, which used to appear at the very beginning of the thread. There were problems with that index having grown so large that it could not be managed in that location. With the help of some forum administrators, I have been able to create a new thread index (located here) that should survive for quite some time.

The table below is an expansion of the one I have used for the past half dozen years to summarize/compare the level of thread activity over time.





2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total chips posted to date
1,009
1,082
1,211
1,263
1,296
1,388
1,511
Chips posted in past year
93
73
129
52
33
92
123
Total posts to date
?
7,014
7,576
8,062
8,253
8,581
9,023
Thread page
648
698
754
802
821
854
898
Total views to date
>1.1 million
1,249,229
1,456,947
1,634,872
1,795,580
1,995,955
2,294,302

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March 24th, 2023 at 3:30:54 PM permalink
Thanks again for the thread Doc. Iíve enjoyed it immensely over the last 8+ years for me as I came after the thread was created. I didnít realize that this year is our biggest in the last 4 years and the second biggest since 2017. Hopefully this year we can break 100 again. I think I have about 35 to 40 chips to post right now that Iíve been lazy and havenít done yet.
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March 24th, 2023 at 4:46:37 PM permalink
Doc, thank you for starting the thread ó and enabling us to hear all the great casino stories that come with the chips!

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