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Collecting $1 chips

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by in4mation808, Jul 11, 2017.

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  1. in4mation808

    in4mation808 VMB VIP Expert Picture Taker

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    First of all, my apologies if this has been discussed before.

    I want to start a collection of $1 casino chips. I don't know how to go about doing this, but I'm assuming it's easy. Do I just go to a free table and put a dollar down and ask for one $1 chip? Is there some sort of protocol? I'm not obligated to play, correct?
     
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    I collect $1 chips as well.
    However I usually get my Chip from the table while playing.

    My friend who is not a table game player also collects and usually just goes to the cashier cage and asks to buy a #1 chip. (he has done this at a free table as well)
    I think I have only seen once casino in Vegas so far that he was told they don't sell chips and he would need to get his chip from playing (I believe it was Golden Gate.
     
  3. tizzy

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    I did this back a few years ago and I started early in the morning at the Tropicana and made my way down one side of the strip going to the cashier cage in each casino and asking for a $1 chip. The reason for going to the cashier is that they usually have brand new chips that have never been played with that they give you and it's way easier than interrupting a game to get a dirty ass chip. Once we made it to flamingo then we split up and she did one side of the strip and I did the other. We also went and did Fremont the same day and had lunch down there. I bought chips online for the outlying casinos that I've been to that I didn't want to cab it to them again to get the chips such as the palms and Green Valley Ranch and M. You can have some fun with this by grabbing a drink at each place you stop and see how far you make it. Lol.
     
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    As a general rule casinos don't like to sell their chips, even though it would seem like easy profit on the surface. Most will make exceptions for dollar chip collectors. And like many things in Vegas, transactions go smoother with a tip. I approach the cage and look for a female employee. I show two dollars and ask if I can get a clean one dollar chip for a collection. Only twice have I been told that I had to get them at a table. At that point I'll just buy in and play a hand or two. Never tried to buy a chip at the table without playing, but couldn't hurt to ask.
     
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    I bought a $1 chip at Lucky Dragon without playing at the table, but I did play video poker there. My rule of thumb is I get a chip wherever I play. I know at the casino I work in, they really do frown upon selling chips at the cage, not sure if there is a policy about it but I know dealers have sent player to the cage for such transactions and we have been told it is not something the casino wants us to do. Not saying they wont sell if someone just walks up but I know they don't want dealers sending someone to buy it.
     
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    I've been collecting for years. I get most of my chips from playing. I'll usually pocket one that is in good condition after my buy in. There have been many times though that I have gone to the cage to get a chip and most times it is no problem at all. In fact a lot of times they'll go to the trouble of picking out a clean one, or even go to the back room and get a brand new one. When they do this I'll always give them a tip. Good luck and have fun!!!

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  7. in4mation808

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    Awesome, guys! How much do I tip them?
     
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    I usually just ask at the cage. No tip required. I also try to ask for clean, newer chips if possible.

    As others have mentioned, some casino cages do not allow you to purchase them at the cage so YMMV. For those you probably have to sit down and play a few hands to get your chip.
     
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    I did this in January. Collected 26 chips and tipped $1 each time so it cost me $52. All of them came from the cage except for the Tropicana. They said I had to play for it. So I bought in for $100 cashed out after hitting my 7 with a nice profit and kept a $1 chip. So their policy cost them some money! Most all casinos went out of the way to find a new or new looking chip. A few went back to another room to bring a brand new one.

    The Wynn and Encore use the same chip which surprised me so don't waist your time like I did trying to get 1 from both!

    Next trip in November I am going to hit up Down Town and hope to have similar success
     
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    I started collecting on the strip a couple of trips ago at the Cage and had no problem getting chips and as mentioned most would try to find a clean one.

    The only problem I had was downtown. A few of them would not give them out unless you played. I just jumped into a couple of throws in a craps game and asked for some singles for tipping.
     
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    I've been collecting chips for over 30 years and have never been turned down at a cage.
    Took 1 of my daughters for her inaugural Vegas trip a few years ago and she had no problems at any cages either.
     
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    if you really want to impress us, start your $100 chip collection.

    just kidding, its fun to collect the $1, just go to the cage.
     
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    I agree that I only get chips from places that I've gambled. Usually I will buy into a table game and pocket a $1 chip.
     
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    The Cal Downtown has one of the prettiest chips in my opinion. The $25 green chip is the nicest of the bunch.

    MSS and Fremont chips are ugly.

    I collect $1 chips if I played in the casino. I also keep a $5 chip if I got lucky and doubled my buy-in. If I won 3 or 4 times my buy-in or more I keep a $25 chip.
     
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    if they go out of their way to find you a clean / new one, that is worth a $1 tip.
     
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    Hmm is there a "Tip Jar" in the cashier cages? I can't imagine the eye in the sky would take kindly to a cashier putting cash in their pockets??
     
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    Cage personnel get tipped for all sorts of reasons. I imagine they have some sort of controls and/or procedures in place to deal with this. I've seen them tipped from people who made a nice score at the tables and want to spread the love a little, seen people give a tip after doing all the paperwork for credit/markers as well as getting tips for the chips. There are probably other scenarios. You bring up a good point though, where do they put the tips? Probably in one of their drawers in a designated place would be my guess.

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    I have a small collection of chips that I put into a Vegas table in my bar. I usually get a $1 chip from wherever I play and $5 chips from wherever I stay. Sometimes when playing I'll come across a unique one to add to the collection; my favorite is a Rio Halloween 2003 chip with some weird faces in it. I just got that in March of this year so I was kind of surprised it was still floating around.

    I have a little pile of excess chips and old room keys as well. Good conversation pieces and fun to hunt down chips!
     
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    I was telling my wife this same thing last week while we were playing blackjack.
    The $1 whites don't look near as good as the reds and greens with those flowers.
     
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    I started collecting chips many years ago. I just kept a $1 chip everywhere I gambled. Then I started collecting chips of casinos that had closed. Around the turn of the century commemorative chips were HUGE. There were a ton of them. Virtually every casino had them. Some Y2K themed and various other themes. Usually red and greens, never $1 chips. I have a couple hundred of them. Chip collecting is a blast, whether you just keep a chip of where you gamble or get more into it.
     
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