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"Newbie Tip of the Day" - A series of advice messages...

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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 79


    Visit Archie Black's Atlantic City Room Key Pages

    This is my 61st in a series of posts related to available online resources.

    Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on a different resource site each day. Each of these sites has invaluable information to make your collecting experience all it can be.

    I have discussed Archie's Atlantic City site in a previous Tip, but I wanted to point attention to a new feature that has just been added. Archie has added scans of many Room Keys for all the Atlantic City casinos to his web page.
    You can quickly navigate between casinos and click on each image to enlarge.
    Another great job for a fascinating area of casino Collectables.

    http://www.callzia.com/dgHome/ss/ac-rk/index.html

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 80


    Visit these great translation sites for foreign languages:

    This is my 62nd in a series of posts related to available online resources.

    Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on a different resource site each day. Each of these sites has invaluable information to make your collecting experience all it can be.

    While these sites are not specifically collectable resource sites you would be amazed at how helpful they really are. How many times have you tried to figure out the printing on a chip or token that is in a language you don’t speak?

    Using one of these 2 great translation sites you can now find out exactly what those words are. Another great use for these translators is for collectors of foreign chips like myself.

    Have you ever been on Ebay France or Ebay Germany before and wish you spoke that language so you can understand the auction listings as well as communicate with the sellers? Just type in your email into one of these translators and you can communicate easily with the sellers even if they don’t speak a word of English.

    Once you start using these tools, you will be amazed how handy they are.
    Babel Fish by Alta Vista

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr

    Free Translation by SDL

    http://www.freetranslation.com/


    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 81


    Visit the History of the Las Vegas Strip
    This is my 63rd in a series of posts related to available online resources.

    Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on a different resource site each day. Each of these sites has invaluable information to make your collecting experience all it can be.


    This is another site that is not specifically Chip or Token related but it sure is good reading if your researching Vegas Casinos. This incredible site walks you chronologically through the history of the Strip from its very beginning in 1941 to what we know and love as Vegas today.

    Get ready to spend LOTS of time on this site as once you get caught up in reading the lengthily stories you will be hooked for good. If you love the Vegas and the history behind the making of "Sin City" you will absolutely love this site.

    www.lvstriphistory.com

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 82


    Visit XE's Currency Converter Site

    This is my 64th in a series of posts related to available online resources.

    Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on a different resource site each day. Each of these sites has invaluable information to make your collecting experience all it can be.

    While those who don’t collect foreign chips and tokens wont find this site as useful as others, this is a fantastic resource for those who do collect foreign material. Want to know the actual face value on a chip with 100 Hong Kong Dollars ? Here is your answer.

    Many times I hear comments about the face value of a foreign chip in a strange currency. By using this site you can always find out the current face value of that chip or token.

    Keep in mind that these are real time values so that if your looking at a 20 year old chip these rates might not apply.

    http://www.xe.com/

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Uploading pictures to the Chip Board

    Well that was quite a run of online resources that I had going there for a while. I wanted to thank all those who helped by reminding me of sites that I had forgotten about or simply was not aware of. What started to be a 2 or 3 week listing of online resources, turned into nearly 10 weeks worth.

    Today's topic deals with a question I have heard over and over on The Chip Board" which is "How do I upload Pictures" ?

    The process is fairly simple and I will walk you thru it step by step.
    1) Make sure the Picture File is saved on your computer and you know where it is

    2) Click on the File Upload link at the top of the main page on The Chip Board
    3) Enter in your name and email address

    4) Click the browse button to search for photos on your computer or external disc.

    5) Select the file you want

    6) Click on the "Submit" button

    7) If the file is uploaded correctly you should get a message that says "Success" with your photo shown

    :cool: Go down towards the bottom and highlight the entire link shown as "File URL"

    9) Right click your mouse and select "Copy"

    10) Select the Back Button to go back to the File upload page

    11) Select the Back Button again to go back to the main chipboard page

    12) Type your post as you normally Do

    13) On the bottom of the post in the block entitled "Optional Image URL" right click your mouse and select "Paste"

    14) Select "Preview" and with any luck your picture will be there ready to view

    Keep in mind that the Chip Board file upload only allows files up to a certain size. If your picture is really big, it must be modified to a smaller size before you can upload it.

    I actually like to use my own server when showing larger pictures as there is no size limit. Users of AOL like myself can use the My FTP space to upload and save their pictures and then use the URL link to like to the AOL site.

    All the instructions sound hard, but believe me, once you do it, it will seem so simple you will wonder why you never used it before.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 84


    Answering Questions and Helping Others

    This tip is actually pointed more towards the advanced collectors than the Newbie's.

    I see an awful lot of posts from new posters looking for advice and help with chips that they have recently come into possession of or items that they want more information on.

    New posters need to be treated with a special respect. After all they are not familiar with the chip board etiquette and some of them are not familiar with chippers or what we offer at all.

    Being a long time chipboard poster myself I too have seen the list of people who come here under false pretenses to hype and sell chips. A lot of us old timers are so used to those people that we tend to be on defense when we see new posters and many times think the worst without even knowing all the facts.

    As representatives of the [​IMG] as well as other chippers in general it is our responsibility to make these new posters feel welcome to our community.

    Everyone who has been a chipper knows how we can band together as a group and help one another overcome any obstacle. I have often commented on how as a whole the chipping community is beyond reproach when it comes to helping one another and sharing information.

    Lets show these Newbie's what chipping is really all about and provide them with as much support and help as we possibly can. I have a list of chippers a mile long that have helped me get to where I am in the hobby today. The old saying mentions "What goes around, comes around" so lets do our best to help the new chippers know what it truly means to be one of us…. A Chipper.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 85


    Make use of the Club Library

    One of the greatest advantages to being a club member, yet one of the most under used is the Club Library.

    Did you know that the club maintains a library of most all the collectable books that anyone would ever need? Better yet, did you know that these books and resources are available to any CC&GTCC member free of charge?

    At the library you can not only find just about any guide book you need but also Auction Catalogs, back issues of the club magazine, ANA materials, Videos and a whole lot more.

    Even shipping to you is free and all we ask is that you pay return postage.
    If that in itself is not incentive enough to join the [​IMG] I don’t know what is…………
    Here is a link to the Library main page:

    http://www.ccgtcc.com/library.html

    Here is a link to the inventory:

    http://www.ccgtcc.com/library.pdf


    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Make use of the Club "Ask An Expert" Program

    Another severely underutilized program that is sponsored by the [​IMG] is the "Ask An Expert" Program.
    This program is linked to from the [​IMG] site at the following link:


    http://www.ccgtcc.com/education/ask_the_expert.pdf

    On that site you will find a list of people considered experts in their particular collecting field that have all agreed to help fellow collectors with information relating to those topics. On the site you will find just about every subject covered including collectables of all types and sizes with many also specializing in regional collectables.

    Emails are hot linked from the site so you can easily ask the "Experts" whatever you need to know.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Make use of the Club Mentor Program

    While still on the same subject of severely underutilized club resources, lets talk for a minute about the club Mentor program.

    This program was developed with the newer collectors in mind and allows each person who signs up to be assigned a mentor who is a seasoned collector interested in collecting the same things as he or she is.

    This is a fantastic way for the new collector to learn all there is about collecting, resources, the people, special tools and tips and everything else there is about what they are most interested in.

    Rather than quote specifically from the program literature just take a look at the link below as it will tell you everything you need to know about the program and how it works.

    http://www.ccgtcc.com/education/mentor.pdf

    Be sure to take full advantage of the fantastic club program as its just one more reason to become a [​IMG] member.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Newbie Tip Of The Day - Tip # 88


    Respect Other People Collections

    Lots of people in this hobby collect lost of different things.

    I have seen collections of Sugar Packets, Keno Cards, Silverware and China, and even Toilet Seats… yea that’s right I said Gaming Related Toilet Seats (You will have to talk with Skip about that one).

    The one thing that all these collections have in common is that the people collecting them love their collection and have fun putting it together. There are lots of things that people collect that I haven't the slightest interest in. A good example of this is that many people collect commemorative chips. While I wouldn’t have any interest in them, some people specialize in only commemoratives and for that that’s what collection is about.

    More advanced collectors (especially those with a larger bankroll) need to be cautious not to downplay anyone else's collection. All of us started somewhere and I am sure a lot of us collected things in the past that we would never even consider collecting now. Just because someone collects something that you don’t, their collection should mean no less.

    If an item is important enough for someone to add to their collection and brings them joy, it servers its purpose and collections no matter how small or obscure should never be considered insignificant.
    There is one bond we all share no matter what our collections look like…… we are all collectors……

    From the most advanced to the person who is just starting out we share this common goal and we need to remember that.


    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Use the Club Standard Grading Principals

    One of the issues that faces our hobby today is much like what I have seen in the Coin and Sports Card Collecting hobbies in the past, Standard Grading.

    All too often we make a trade with others of buy a chip on Ebay only to find out when we receive the chip that the actual condition is nothing like was described. The reason that this usually happens is that many people have a different idea of what Good or Very Good Condition Really means.

    The best way to resolve this issue if for everyone starting to use the [​IMG] Standard Grading and Condition Descriptions. The club has adopted this grading policy to create a uniform method of grading that we can all follow. That way when someone tells you that a chip is in New or Average condition you have a much better idea what to expect.

    Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the grades and descriptions on the attached link and you will find that you will be happier in both your purchases and trades when everyone is on the same wavelength.

    The [​IMG] standards can be found on the club webpage at the following link:

    http://www.ccgtcc.com/education/conditions.pdf

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Consider Getting a Personal Chip Made

    One of the more recent collectables in chipping that has been quickly growing in popularity over the past few years is that of Personal chips.

    With very few of them made more than 5 years ago there are now hundreds of new ones being made each and every year. Many people now actively collect these "Personal" chips which are chips featuring a members name and membership number. Some collectors have over 500 different personals in their collection as its always easy to find someone to trade with.

    They are a blast to trade and its great to see the variety of chips by different manufacturers and designers. The real beauty of a Personal chip is it can be made to reflect the true You. It shows others what you like, what you collect and your personality.

    There are many people who make personal chips these days and I have used many of the ones listed below myself. Here are some of the most popular places to get chips made in no particular Order.
    David Spragg with Debby Meister Designs
    http://poker.marlowcasinochips.com/custom.htm

    Tiny Treasurers
    http://www.mypersonalchip.com/

    Cheques In The Mail
    http://www.chipcopokerchips.com/

    Atlantic Standard Molding
    http://www.pokerchips.com/chips/chips.html

    Vegas Chip Factory
    http://vegaschipfactory.com/


    I highly recommend personal chips from ALL or the above mentioned sites as I have either purchased my own chips from them or they come well recommended from friends. Contact them today and experience for yourself the world of Personal Chips !!!!!!

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    (Editor note: While Doug is a member of ChipTalk, he is still too new to know that ChipTalk also has some fine vendors of custom chips, i.e., personal chips. I encourage any ChipTalk reader to add to this list (via a PM to myself or Doug (cigarman) and perhaps a follow-on Newbie post can be created to include the vendors here. J(GO)F)
     
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    Boost your collection thru Trading

    Back in the early days of my chip collecting I used to pick up only one or each chip for myself as that’s all I really wanted. Unfortunately I soon learned that in order to build my collection beyond the casinos I could actually visit, I needed to get chips from others that live close to those casinos far away from me.

    The best way to do this is thru trading and I quickly learned the inportance of building a trader list. One of the best tips I can offer a Newbie while trying to build their collection is when you visit casinos, pick up a few trader chips as they will definitely come in handy somewhere down the line. No matter what chips you have in your traders there is sure to be somone, somewhere that wants that chip.

    Trading is also a great way to make new friends as I cant weven count the amazing amount of people that I had traded with thru websites and emails before I ever got to meet them in person.

    If you ever make it to the conventions, the Trade Sessions are one of the highlights of the show and you never know what you might find. A lot of people also are not interested in selling chips so if you want something they have, the only way to entice them is thru a trade.

    So get yourself some traders and start trading. But watch out….. Trading can be as addictive as chipping itself !!!!!!

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Use Standard Trading Etiquette

    Several Newbie's has asked me over the years about the accepted "Etiquette" or standard rules for trading.

    There are not really any Rules per se, however there are several accepted practices that most of us tend to follow.

    1) When trading try and trade face value for face value on current common chips. That means if your trading 3 $1 chips and 2 $5 chips you would expect to get the same in return. Many people, including myself frown on trading 5 $1 chips for 1 $5 chip unless it’s a $5 that we REALLY want. Usually its best to keep the number of chips as well as the denominations the same.

    2) When trading obsolete chips, trade equal value for equal value. Meaning that if your trading an obsolete values at say $20, you should expect to get $20 in trade value for it whether that’s 1 chip or 5 chips.

    3) Assign fair trade values to your chips. I personally like to mark all my traders with prices so when people are looking thru my traders they have some idea at what I value my chips at. The same chip can be worth very different amounts to different people as several factors come into play like how easy is the chip to replace, or what did they pay or trade for that chip.

    4) Value current chips appropriately. When I am trading obsoletes for current chips or chips of uneven denominations I use the following "Value" chart to help determine a more Fair trade. $1 chip = $3, $2.50 Chip - $4.50, $5 Chip - $7.

    5) The sender is responsible for making sure the chips arrive at their destination. What this means is when trading, if the person that your trading with never receives their chips, it is generally the senders responsibility to make good on the trade by either replacing the chips or even returning the chips you received in trade. You can help avoid any problems by making sure all packages of any value are sent insured or at least with delivery confirmation.

    6) Make your trade offers fair. Often times I find myself giving away more than I normally would in a trade situation as I want to make sure that the other person is completely happy with the trade. The main goal in trading is that BOTH parties are happy with the outcome.

    As long as both people are happy with the agreed trade you have been successful and this will lead to many more repeat trades in the future.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Visit Old Reno.Com

    One of the sites that I missed in the previous weeks was brought to my attention by Pam G. Much like the Vegas history sites I discussed a few weeks back, this site focuses primarily on Reno. At this site you will find tons of history on the Reno casinos as past as well as those still standing today.

    By clicking each one of the casino links it will bring you to stories and histories behind each of them. There is also a great Blackjack listing called "The Old Reno List" where most all Blackjack games in Nevada and Atlantic city are rated based on potential winnings and game rules.

    Take a stroll thru the website and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

    http://www.oldreno.net/

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

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    To Clean or Not To Clean?

    It seems that this discussion comes up quite a bit on the Chipboard and among chip collectors in general. It seems that there are an awful lot of people sitting on both sides of the fence on this topic.

    Should dirty chips be cleaned or should they be left alone?

    That is one of the few questions that I have discussed in my Tips Of the Day that can not be answered definitively. Personally I like my chips clean and don’t usually buy into the whole "Preserving History" argument. However there are definitely some chips that I will not clean. If a chip is older and worn, to me it looks ridiculous when its completely spotless, yet the crosshatching is completely worn. It just does not look normal on a chip like that.

    However on a newer issue chip that is covered with grime and dirt, I have no problem giving it a little cleaning. There are lots of methods of cleaning chips, but I prefer Armor All Multi Purpose Cleaner (NOT the stuff you use on your car interior). A little shot of this stuff, let it soak for a minute or so and then use a soft bristle toothbrush and the chips come out looking good as new.
    If you are trying to decide what is best for you, I would highly suggest reading the Cleaning Tips posted on the [​IMG] website at the following link:


    http://www.ccgtcc.com/cleaning.html

    This should tell you everything you might want to know about cleaning chips and you can them make an informed decision as to what you would like to do with your chips.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

    Doug "Cigarman" Smith
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    Collecting Supplies and Storing your Collection

    This is a topic that can be discussed for days on end as it seems everyone have their own method for storing their collection.

    Some of the more popular methods are in 2x2 plastic flips, 2.5 x 2.5 paper/mylar flips, chip tubes, double-row boxes and Air Tites.

    There are lots of advantages and some disadvantages to each of the methods I have named above. Personally I think the best and safest option is Air Tites. However that is also the most expensive of the choices.

    I prefer 2x2 non-PVC flips to avoid potential color bleeding but also use the 2.5 x 2.5 cardboard flips with mylar inserts. I also like Dansco Supreme binders with 9 ports per page for my more valuable chips as they work great, but are rather pricey when your storing a lot of chips or tokens.

    There are lots of places to purchase your supplies which can be found on eBay, your local coin collectors stores or several of our members who specialize in storage supplies. There are numerous reputable sellers but here are 2 of my favorites:

    C. T. Coins at ctcoins@aol.com (Email C. T. for a full catalog)

    Tiny Treasures @ http://www.tinytreasures.com/


    I would also like to mention some great information from Tyrus Mulkey's website that features some great Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) dealing with storing chips & Tokens. This page answers a lot of the more popular questions.

    http://www.tyrusrex.com/chipfaq.asp?faqcat=E

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
    Happy chipping to all,

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    Insuring your Collection

    These is nothing worse that coming home and finding your prize collection gone!

    While there is no way to completely avoid this from ever happening, you can definitely insure your collection to make make the loss is a whole lot easier to take. What most people don’t know is that most standard homeowners policies will not cover your collectables. Those that will cover them will limit the value well below what it is most likely really worth.

    In order to get the right insurance for your collectables it is important that you go to a company that specializes in collectables and understands the value of your collection and its true worth to you.

    While there are several companies out there that specialize in this type of coverage, there seems to be one that is more popular than all the others. Not only with chip collectors, but other collectors as well.
    This company is called Collectables Insurance Services and can be found at the following link:

    http://www.collectinsure.com/


    With coverage through Collectables Insurance Services you will be protected against losses from mail loss, theft, fire, Flooding, and natural disasters. They will even cover your collectables when you are taking them with you to a show.

    If you are worried about protecting your prized collection, Collectables Insurance will give you the peace of mind you need.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more Tips of the day coming tomorrow.
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    Take the Boneyard Tour

    One of the most recognizable icons of Las Vegas is the Neon Signage. In a city where history is doomed to be imploded and destroyed there is one place where history lives on forever. That place is the Neon Museum.

    As quoted from their website "the Neon Museum's Mission is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit Neon Signs and associated artifacts to inspire educational and cultural enrichment for diverse members of our international community.

    Many of the restored pieces can be seen displayed throughout the city. However the highlight is the Boneyard, a 3 acre site in Las Vegas that houses a collection on non restored historic signage. The best part about the Boneyard is that you can tour it for a small donation fee.

    Fellow chippers usually schedule a tour sometime during the annual convention but even when visiting Vegas alone you can schedule one of their now famous tours. If you haven't done this before and you are as excited about Vegas history as I am, this is a cant miss tour.

    You can check out lots of the restored signs as well as schedule a tour thru the website at the link below.

    http://www.neonmuseum.org/index.html

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    Visit the Splashbar During the Convention

    If you’re a regular reader of the Chipboard than you have definitely heard of Brian Cashman, otherwise known as "Mr. Splashbar".

    I have seen many ask exactly what is the Splashbar so I decided to tackle this subject in today's post. What the Splashbar is to me is a fantastic place to meet new people, talk chips, have a few laughs, catch up with old buddies and make lots of new friends.

    Each year for the past 4 years the Splashbar has grown into what is quickly becoming a legend. Quietly tucked away in the rear of the Riviera, the Splashbar is gaining quite a following among chippers. While it is a far cry from the famous Las Vegas Hotspots, Brian has single handedly made this small bar the "Place to Be" for chipping friends.

    Every year the group of chippers grows larger and larger for the entire convention week. No matter what time you pass by the bar, day or night, you can be sure there is a group of chippers there waiting to welcome you.

    The highlight of the week is the annual Splashy Award given each year to one lucky chipper who is voted to best show the spirit of the Splashbar from the previous convention. I am proud that I myself was awarded the 1st annual award a few years back and I also wanted to congratulate Ron "BAM Brother" May who was last years winner and Aaron "Peacocks Cant Fly" Peacock the 2008 winner.

    With all the kidding aside, this is the one place during the convention at the Riviera that you can meet up with all your friends and share some good times. Even tea totalers are welcome as many of the visitors come never partake in the actual Bar.

    If your coming to the convention for the first time, I highly recommend making it by the Splashbar and introducing yourself to the crowd. You will be surprised at how easily you are welcomed into our group and it is the easiest way to make new friends in this hobby on at your first convention.

    The legend of the Splashbar has grown so big that the name of the bar has even changed overt the past year. However to us chippers, that makes no difference as no matter what the bar is called, it will ALWAYS be the Splashbar to us.

    If you make it to the convention, be sure to stop by the Splashbar and say hello to the guy with the big Cigar as that will most likely be me.

    See you in Vegas !!!!!!

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