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Rainbow Club [Gardena, CA]

Discussion in 'History of Poker Chips' started by _GUN_, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. _GUN_

    _GUN_ Well-Known Member

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    The Rainbow Club was located in Gardena, California from 1945-1982. Gardena is a suburb of Los Angeles and has a great poker tradition. The cardroom at the Rainbow was a neighbor to the Monterey. The two clubs shared several of the same owners and a covered walkway connected the two facilities. Mike Caro has written about the Rainbow in some of his articles for Card Player.

    I think the rack for the Rainbow on the small crown mold is one of the best ever. It has nice vibrant colors, and it's nostalgic to see five and 10-cent pieces. This set is easily in my top-5 racks of all-time. They're up there with the 'Can Can' girl chips from The Last Frontier, some of the Flamingo pieces on the H-mold, and the Golden Nugget rack on the house mold of the 1960s.

    You can see the original pieces here:

    http://cashcoinconnection.com/gamingchipsCalifornia/R/Rainbow/Rainbow.html

    BCC is issuing a new set of Rainbow Club commemorative chips shortly. The chips will bear a marking on the inlay to distinguish them from the originals.

    Here's an image:

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    edit*, typed Old Frontier originally instead of Last Frontier by mistake.
     
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    Great info that you found Gun. Thanks for posting. -jamby
     
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    i run 8s Well-Known Member

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    Gun, Have to agree on the class of the chips. I use one of the dark brown (protected)$20 chips as a card protector. Purchased almost a complete denom set a while back
     
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    Excellent choice, got any scans to share?
     
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    i run 8s Well-Known Member

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    let me see what I come up with this weekend when I get home
     
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    Nice looking set of chips.
    They should have made some $5's and $25's but that casino may not have had those, not sure.
     
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    There is a $5, it's the yellow one. Yellow was a popular choice for California card rooms. It was also common practice to make a $20 for $10/20 games. $25s were useless if the stakes weren't at $25/50 and if you are playing $1/2, or $1/3, a $20 works as well as a $25.
     
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    First update in 11 months, BCC has put these on hold a couple times due to casino orders and our own personal CT orders. I still want a 300-piece set for 2-7 triple draw home games. I think the .10 and .25 are my favorite, but I'd be buying the .25/.50./$1 or .50/$1/$5 set-up

    Moving on , I have started collecting them and have three so far---

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    Here's a few you're missing:

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    yeah, yeah, rub it in. :wink:

    Yours are gorgeous, they look so clean.

    I know which ones I'm missing and I've seen all of those, a few are on eBay right now, but I can't order any while I move.

    I'm curious how much one of the .05 cent solids will end up costing me, they had one at Casino Connection, but I haven't seen any for sale.

    I said earlier I liked the .25, but I meant to say the .50 was my favorite. (a daily space-out)
     
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