Originally Posted by Poker4eveR
For example; say in 1955 when the Dunes casino opened you were there playing a game, then you left the casino but forgot you still had a $25 chip. You also left to go back home and knowing you would go back sometime later you didn't worry about it. Well, you finally go back to Vegas but not until 1975 and now the casino (estimating) is on the 8th issue of the Dunes chips. Would the casino still honor your $25 chip?
My guess is they would but would have to check it out before knowing it is a good chip.
What do you think?
Like was said earlier it varies based on gaming jurisdictions. In NJ a chip is never retired. So you can cash the chip at the casino (or subsequent casino) forever for face value. In the case that the casino has changed you can cash it at the cage where the casino was. So if you have an old Trump Castle chip then you can cash it at the Trump Marina, same for the Brighton-Sands, Boardwalk Regency-Caesars, Golden Nugget-Grand-Hilton.
In the case the casino is now gone (Playboy and Atlantis) you can cash them at the CCC offices. They have a fund based on the number of chips outstanding. This applies for the floor chips - not the backup chips (a lot of the Playboy backup chips have made it to the marketplace). BTW - you also get interest on the time since the casino closes. Backup chips are required for the rack of >$10 and <$500.
I come from the AC area and have always been interesting in the chips there. If you are interested in seeing my tax dollars at work to fund the Casino Control Commission and what they do for the regulation of gaming cheques, you can read all about it at http://www.state.nj.us/casinos/actre...r46/c46s01.pdf
Other jurisdictions retire the chips with notice (often I have seen 6 months). There will be a short blurb in the paper. Here's some examples:
Pahrump Nugget http://www.pahrumpnugget.com/chipRedemption.htm
Effective 07/27/06 CLUB FORTUNE CASINO will remove from circulation all $1 gaming tokens. The Mint Casino in Sparks, NV will remove from circulation all gaming chips and tokens from the Victorian Gambling Hall, and the Gambler, as well as gaming chips from the Mint Casino. These chips and tokens may be redeemed through 11/24/06 at the following locations. Club Fortune Casino 725 S. Racetrack Rd. Henderson, NV 89015. Mint Casino 1130 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, Nevada 89431. PUB: Jul. 31, Aug. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, 2006 LV Review-Journal
Other casinos, like the Silver Nugget claim
that they will never retire a chip and it will always be at face value. You can decide what that means for yourself. Their info is at http://www.pahrumpnugget.com/chipRedemption.htm
(read the really fine print at the bottom of the page).
I also remember being down at the Horseshoe after they reopend under Harrah's management. Each of the three cages had a small picture frame with a number of chips in them and a sign saying that after "do not accept Becky's chips after July 1st". Thought that was interesting.
And just for fun, Washington state has looked into a rule on this as well. They even acknowledge the we (collectors) exist. Here's is an excerpt from the gaming commission meeting when they are discussing this issue (not so much retired, as when a room closes) http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/agendas/july/16_title.pdf
I remember Hollywood Park in LA doing this a number of years ago as well for their LE chips. It seems California has a similar redemption rule for retiring chips .