auto racing · friday feature

Place Your Bets!

By David G. Firestone

Let’s go off topic today. I’m not a gambler. In my whole life, I’ve been to two casinos, the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Minnesota, where I played the slots, and the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, where we had lunch after the ASARCO mine tour in 2016. I don’t really play the lottery either. Yet, I enjoy collecting lottery and casino memorabilia for some reason.

“Casino” is an Italian word, which originally used to refer to a small country villa, summerhouse, or social club. The first casino used for gambling in Europe was Il Ridotto, which was opened in 1638, and closed in 1744. In America, gambling was more confined to saloons and bars. Many states banned gambling, but Nevada was the first state to allow gambling, which turned Las Vegas into the destination it is today.

Casinos have many options for players. Some games involve skill, such as Texas Hold Em, blackjack, and roulette. Other games are more luck based, such as slot machines. Slot machines are the most profitable game in a casino, and are the most popular casino games. Players will exchange cash for chips. Casinos use chips as in-house currency. The casino will change chip designs, and they are sold to collectors. These chips show a decent amount of wear, which isn’t unusual. Another popular item to collect are table-used cards. Because of the amount of use, these cards are rotated every so often, sometimes hours. Once a deck has been used, and determined to be worn out, it is canceled. The card is cut, or hole is punched through it, and marker is added. They are then sold to collectors, and gamblers. There are some examples.

Atlantis-Reno, NVBarbary Coast-Las Vegas, NVBoulder Station-Las Vegas, NVCaesars Palace-Las Vegas, NVCasino Fandango-Carson City, NVEl Dorado-Reno, NVFiesta Rancho-Las Vegas, NVGold Coast Casino-Las Vegas, NVGrand Casino Mille Lacs-Onamia, MNHarrah’s Laughlin Casino-Laughlin, NVHarrah’s Marina-Atlantic City, NJJackson Rancheria Casino-Jackson, CALuxor Casino-Las Vegas, NVNew York-New York Casino-Las Vegas, NV Nugget Casino-Carson City, NV Palace Station Casino-Las Vegas, NVParadise Island Casino-The BahamasRail City Casino-Sparks, NVSahara Casino-Las Vegas, NVSahara Casino-Las Vegas, NVSands Casino-Atlantic City, NJStratosphere Casino-Las Vegas, NVStratosphere Casino-Las Vegas, NVTexas Station Casino-North Las Vegas, NVCasinos will also sell their used dice. Sometimes they are canceled, sometimes not. These are six vintage dice from the Carson City Nugget in Carson, Nevada. These dice come from the Station Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, and have been canceled by having a hole drilled through the 1 spot.

Next week, a motorcycle suit!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.