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  1. The Rise and Fall of Ceramic Casino Chips

    For decades, the leader in casino chip manufacturing was Paulson. Their logo is the iconic "Hat & Cane". This logo can be found on the clay mold of many of their chips or within the inlay. Paulson is now part of the larger Gaming Partners International, or GPI for short, which also owns B&G and Bud Jones.

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    $1 Pioneer with H&C mold (left) and $1 TI with H&C logo on inlay (right)

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  2. Casino Chip Error - Grand Casino (Gulfport, MS)

    Upon entering the U.S. Air Force in 1987 I was sent to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, for my initial training. The 17 week course began in October and was easy enough. I enjoyed the mild winter temperatures, rounds of golf, and weekend trips to New Orleans and Pensacola. I thought it was great, but others would complain, saying, "There's nothing to do in Biloxi except golf."

    Fast forward to 1996. Once again I find that I'm headed back to Keesler AFB for another ...
  3. The Story of the $5 Hooters Girls Casino Chips

    On February 2nd, 2006, the brand new Hooters Casino Hotel opened on the spot of the old Hotel San Remo casino. Everyone is familiar with the Hooters restaurant chain, their sexy waitresses, and the Hooters Girls swimsuit pageants and calendars. The corporate leadership though that adding a theme casino just off The Strip in Las Vegas would be a great fit for the brand. Dealers and servers alike were dressed in the iconic tight white tank tops and orange shorts. To further promote the brand, ...
  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 ...
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