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  1. Casino Host Chips

    In the not-too-long-ago days of Las Vegas, your Casino Host was the man to know. They had the power of the pen and were generous with the RFB comps (Room, Food, and Beverage). They made you feel like a truly valued customer. Always happy to see you at their casino, they knew you were there to gamble, and gave little attention to today's obsession of tracking your play by computer and analyzing how much in comps you are entitled to receive. If you were there, you were playing, so you got comped ...
  2. WSOP Tournament Chips

    I booked my trip to Las Vegas this week for the 48th annual World Series of Poker. I'll arrive on June 5th and stay 18 nights. I'm catching up on a few PFA podcasts and listened to one yesterday where Druff suggested that the WSOP should have more than 2 racks of tournament chips. These two items gave me the idea to write up a Rio/WSOP chip article.

    The first thing I did was to check the Nevada Gaming Control Board Gaming Commission website. Each month they publish the Chip and ...
  3. The Big and Small of It

    The Big
    We've all seen those "Frisbee" 500,000 and 1,000,000 WSOP tournament chips on the ESPN broadcasts. You've probably even handled a few oversized $1,000 chips in the pit or at the poker tables. These large chips are something of a novelty. They certainly stand out in the crowd. But did you know that a few casinos have produced oversized $1 chips?

    The standard casino chip has a diameter of 39mm. Oversized chips have a diameter of 43mm. Casinos generally ...

    Updated 01-19-2017 at 02:11 PM by alpha1243

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  4. Closed/Renamed Las Vegas Casinos Since 2000

    Las Vegas is in a constant state of change. Time marches on. Casinos can only last so long before they close their doors. Their fate can be loud when they are imploded, or quiet when they simply slip into the hands of new ownership. New buildings are raised. Names are changed. Since the new millennium, a total of 38 casinos have met their end in Las Vegas (not including North Las Vegas or surrounding towns). For us casino chip collectors, that means chips that were once easily had for a dollar ...
  5. The Story of the Showboat $1 Casino Chip

    In 2008, Mrs. Sandy Marbs was widowed and living on Social Security. She had recently discovered eBay as a way to earn a few extra dollars. She had been clearing items from her house and creating auctions on eBay for a few months now. The knickknacks sold for $5-$30 and she was happy with the additional income they provided. One of the items she decided to sell was an old $1 casino chip from the Showboat Casino in Las Vegas. She and her husband had visited Las Vegas 47 years earlier and, for ...