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Table Games $1 chips

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by abandapart, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. abandapart

    abandapart Tourist

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    I have heard a few make mention of keeping $1 chips from each casino as a souvenier from their Vegas visit. Whats the best way to do this? Leftovers from a roulette or BJ session? Or is it as simple as visiting a gift shop at each place and buying one?
     
  2. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Low-Roller

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    BJ and roulette are two games where it's easy to end up with extra $1 chips. I personally tend to hold onto at least one $1 chip from casinos I've played at as a souvenir, they're nice to keep track of where you've played in a tangible way. My collection currently boasts chips from Vegas, Atlantic City, Norwegian Cruise Line, England (1 pound), Estonia (1 Euro) and Poland (1 Zloty).

    You generally can't buy real chips from a gift shop. I've never seen it, personally. But as mentioned about holding onto leftovers, that's the way most people do it. You can technically just lay a $1 bill on the table and buy a chip from the dealer, but to me that doesn't have the same sentiment as chips part of what you were actually playing with.

    So to answer your question, play as you normally would, pocket a $1 chip whenever the opportunity presents itself, and you're good!
     
  3. makikiboy

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    Depends what kind of chips you want. Do you want used chips? How many?

    Usually the easiest way is to just go to the cashier's cage and ask for chips. You may be able to ask them for "nice" "clean" chips also and they may bring out a bunch of chips for you to choose from or they may go through them to pick out the best looking chips. Be aware that some cage people don't want to go looking and so they will just give you what they have but I also encountered some cage people that went out of their way to go look for the newer clean chips.

    That said some cashier cages do not give out chips so you have to go to the tables to ask for chips. But then some casinos do not even allow this, you have to put in some play before they will give you chips. I visited the Tuscany casino looking for chips the other year. They wouldn't give me chips at the cage and the table wouldn't give me chips unless I played. I put down $20 at the bj table to play some hands and was lucky that I had a few bj's so I won a few $1 chips and I left the casino up about $10 not counting the 4 $1 chips that I wanted.

    I usually like the newer, cleaner, sharper chips for my collection so I usually will ask at the cage for those chips. I don't really want the dirty used chips but will take them if I can't get or find the newer chips.
     
  4. Aces and Eights

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    I keep a $5 chip from many casinos, but I haven't gotten any for a couple of years. Haven't been enthusiastic about going to the other casinos, buying chips, playing a hand, then leaving. I have only collected around 20 chips over the last 10 years going a few times per year. I consider the $1 chips as drink tokens.
     
  5. Sniff009

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    It's hit or miss with the cage, but they tend to find you a nice looking one if you are cool about it. What I don't understand is that you are giving the casino money that you will never get back (even if it's $1) why would the cage reject you?. If I am playing at a table, I will ask for some singles on purpose and pick out the "cleanest" one and then pocket it.
     
  6. BarelyHangingOn

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    Most of the larger places on the strip were good about it and a few places even went out of their way.to find a clean one.

    Fremont St was hit and miss and a few of the. U had to buy at the table.

    In a previous thread a member said he would buy. $1 chip off a waitress for $2.
     
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  7. MikeOPensacola

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    I've been collecting chips from Las Vegas going back to the 1980s. Here is a link, with lots of pics, I posted on VMB a couple of months ago:

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/my-vegas-chip-collection-pics.134744/#post-1361954

    I like collecting chips that I have actually gambled with. However, I'll go to the cage to get clean ones if the ones that I play with are dirty or worn down. I've found that if I tip the cashier a dollar they will usually go into the back room and get a nice one or at the very least look through their stock and find the best one they have.

    As the post above states, there are a few casinos on Fremont St. that will not sell a chip at the cage like Four Queens and Binion's. I've never had a problem getting a chip at the cage on the strip.

    I'll be out there in about a month and I'm looking forward to getting a couple of 50th anniversary chips at Caesars Palace.

    Collecting chips is a lot of fun and can bring back lots of memories years down the road..........

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  8. makikiboy

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    The problem is that while you are giving them a $1 for a chip the casino is physically losing that chip. That means that if there are 100 or 1000 people trying to get a chip then the casino will be out that many chips and will have to manufacture more chips to make up for the loss. I think some cages are aware of people picking up chips so they don't want to give you chips unless you put in some play so the house makes some money to pay for manufacturing the chips. Many casinos will order a new batch of chips if they are getting low on them so the cage people may want to hold off giving out chips if their inventory is going low.

    I saw that at the closing of the Riv earlier this year. They had a bunch of new chips (they really were brand new) and they knew that people were going to come in to collect those chips (so I picked up a few chips). I returned a few days later and they were out of the new stock of chips.
     
  9. Danielle

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    I've never taken any before, but I would think that that would be a good way to take them. I"m sure that they won't even miss them either.
     
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    I started collecting chips.
    Since I like Craps, what I do is buy in for a game.
    As I play I check the chips and pick one to keep.
    Usually its the $5 (red) chips as most of the $1 (white) chips look a bit dirty to display.
    The red seems to hide any dirtiness in the frame.
    There is one white chip from Tropicana but that was kept because it is different being a $2 chip.
     
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    I do what @LV_Bound does as well. I'll keep an eye on the $1 chips, and pick the best one.
    Some cages do let you buy a $1 chip, but not always. Worse case, take $10 to a BJ table, ask for $5 in singles. Bet $5, and a $4 tip.
     
  12. Edserv

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    I really wish I'd started collecting chips when I first went to Vegas (in '92). I occasionally find an old slot token around the house (or in old luggage) from different casinos. Just found an old beat-up token from Rising Sun in Indiana from a long time ago.
     
  13. JoastTheMost

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    I once went around grabbing some for my little brother. I never had any issues getting $1 chips at the cage if you leave them a couple dollars as well :)
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Craps seems to be the best way to get $1 white chips.
    At too many blackjack tables, they use the metal $1 tokes.
    At the roulette tables, you are too likely to be getting "roulette" chips - not regular casino chips.
    But at the crap table? I've never seen anything other than regular casino chips in play.
     
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  15. Bamfbowhunter

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    I didn't start until my last trip even tho I have been 14-15 times. I leave sat. Took this pic to see what chips I need to grab this trip

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    I started collecting in I believe 95. I had a BUNCH of the silver $1 tokens (for $1 slots); but they got lost unfortunately.
     
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  17. makikiboy

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    I picked my first souvenir chips in the mid 80's after I graduated from college. As a graduation present I went with my gf and we stayed in the Tahoe/Reno area. I picked up some $1 chips from places that are now closed. I remember a Barney's that is no longer there. I just wished that I had enough money at the time to pick up more chips.

    It was very romantic, staying in an A frame house up in the mountains. Except that her mother came along so while we did have some fun it wasn't as good as if we were alone. In the 80's many people weren't very "open" about young kids "sleeping" in the same room so I had my own room and she and her mother stayed in the other. She did come to visit me in the middle of the night because it was so cold, heh heh.


    When I go to vegas I try to make it a habit of visiting casinos to pick up chips. Last trip I visited the Henderson/boulder highway area but some of the casinos do not have chips. Next trip will be for the new casinos that are opening soon.
     
  18. Aces and Eights

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    Do you know which casinos had the metal $1 chips? I can't find any of those anymore. I wouldn't mind getting some of those.
     
  19. npom

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    California and MSS had them.
     
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    Fremont has them too.
     
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