Photos by Dianne or Burt Davis
Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Hold 20th Convention at South Point
If you are interested in seeing and possibily purchasing casino memorbilia, then you should visit the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collector's Club Expo when it returns again next June. This year's Expo was held June 21-23 at South Point in association with the group's 20th convention.
I visited with Sheldon Smith, who is VP and publicity director for the CC>CC. He told me that the association had over 1800 members and that 80 vendors were selling or trading their wares in the Expo. Although casino chips from worldwide locations were the primary items for sale, Smith explained that any item associated with a casino would likely be up for sale.
Remember when hotel keys looked like this?
Guess there were more smokers, ergo, more ashtrays in the old days.
As I walked through the Expo I found vendors selling casino ashtrays, old keys, as well as general memorabilia such as old coffee mugs. Potential chip purchasers were inspecting older chips for authenticity much as a collector of rare stamps might do. Obviously the chips commanded a value above their cash in price.
"Vegas Chipman" aka Peter Nathan
I visited the exhibit table of Henderson resident Peter Nathan AKA Vegas Chipman to get a feel of the action. Peter was primarily selling $2.50 chips from a variety of worldwide casinos. The chips were individually packaged and well labeled. Some of his potential customers were using a variety of techniques such UV light scanners to verify authenticity.
Well, I didn’t buy any casino chips, but I found a dealer who was selling sets of chips with Jenna Jameson's picture on them. They are not worth anything in a casino, but who cares. If you'd like more information about the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collector's Club, check out www.ccgtcc.com.
World Series of Poker (WSOP) Underway at Rio
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been running for nearly a month now. I visited the WSOP this past weekend to view some of the satellite or preliminary events and was impressed by the crowds of players and visitors.
I spoke with Seth Palansky, VP Corporate Communications/ Editor-in-Chief WSOP.com. Seth told me that the number of players to date was about the same as last year and right on their forecast.
Seth said that they were expecting a large gallery for the one million dollar buy- in Big One For One Drop tournament which begins at 1:11 PM on July 1. The WSOP will have a final count for The Main Even twhen registration is completed on Monday July 9.
Gold WSOP bracelets are awarded at 2:20 PM nearly every day to winners of the preliminary tournaments. Owning a gold bracelet is symbol of status in the poker world. World class players such as Phil Helmuth have multiple bracelets.
The bracelets are presented by Jack Effel, WSOPTournament Director. The ceremony includes the playing of the National Anthem of the winner’s country.
Craig McKorkell of England won a No- Limit event as well as $369,000. He happily received his bracelet. Antonio Esfandiari, the former Main Event champion was eliminated by Craig in the final round.
David Baker of Houston, Texas won a bracelet and $237,000 for his play in a special 8 game mixed tourney. Baker has been playing professionally for 10 years and this is his first bracelet.
Anyone with an interest in poker or gambling should try to attend any of the many poker events taking place at the Rio during the coming weeks. They are exciting and there is no admission charge.