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Collecting can be fun and profitable

5 October 2013

There are many treasured items that can be collected when visiting a casino today. The best, of course, is casino chips. It’s good to collect as many of them as possible. The reason is that the casino will always buy them back from you anytime you like, which is very nice of them. You can also keep individual chips and develop a collection of them. You could collect one from every casino you visit or maybe expand on it by collecting one from every casino in Las Vegas or Atlantic City.

Today, there are a little over 900 casinos operating across the U.S. That number includes commercial, Indian and riverboat casinos.

Besides chips, you could also collect dice, stir sticks, matchbooks or playing cards. There are also people who collect room keys, pens and even napkins from casinos. All these items are inexpensive and can be obtained, sometimes free, by asking a pit boss for a deck or when you sign up at the casinos rewards desk ask for a deck. One item no longer collected is ashtrays. Casinos used to put their name on them, but they no longer do that, so they are no longer collected. You can still find some old ashtrays in antique stores and on eBay.

Owning a deck of cards that was played in a specific casino would make a great little gift for someone back home. That deck could have won a great deal of chips for someone previously. That deck might also bring some fond memories of a great casino visit as time goes by. So the next time you visit a casino look around and see if there is some little item you might want to start collecting.

Bet – You Didn’t Know

What are casino chips really worth? A $1 chip from the old late 1930s gambling ship off the California coast, the S.S. Rex, is worth almost $400 today.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

  • Baden-Baden Germany is well known for its thermal springs; it is also home to the oldest casino in Germany. At one time, real silver and gold chips were used while gaming in the casino. Today standard injection-molded plastic or compression molded clay chips are used.

  • President Harry Truman loved to play poker. When he became a regular visitor to Key West, the Navy shops at the base built him a poker table and stocked it with poker chips that had the Seal of the President of the United States on them.

  • It was around the 1880s that clay and shellac composition began to replace the expensive bone and ivory chips found in saloon and private gambling games.

  • In Iran, under Shariah law, it is illegal to own a deck of playing cards.

  • The quality of paper used in a deck of casino playing cards is of much higher quality than the paper used for common decks of cards.

  • The oldest known surviving deck of English playing cards dates back to 1590.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel