Sometimes this just keeps getting more confusing. I was at Maverick's in Cripple Creek this afternoon, found someone who'd been there long enough to actually acknowledge that they had once had $1 chips. I asked him what they did with them and he told me that what hadn't walked were in the vault. He told me that they couldn't sell them but had to keep them locked-up, AND they had to inventory them every month and report the inventory to Gaming. I showed him one of my chips and told him "these are what I'm talking about". He responded that those were what they have in the vault, and couldn't sell them. I shrugged my shoulders and started to walk out, saw a silver strike machine and figured I'd fire $5 at it. I only had $20's, so I went to the cage to change a twenty into four $5 bills. The cashier REFUSED to bust my twenty, said he believed that I was intoxicated and gaming would strip his license if he gave me change. The guy I had just discussed the whereabouts of their $1 chips was gone, and the only things I'd had to drink were a pint of milk before driving up the hill and two Pepsi's when I got into Cripple Creek.
Makes me think that I might have been asking questions that someone answered and wasn't supposed to (if they have to inventory them and report the existance to gaming monthly and don't actually have them). The guy told me this was all due to gaming regs. I think something was done due to gaming regs, but I don't think it was what he explained to me. Just my opinion, I must have set off an alarm just by asking about, and being able to produce one of their chips.
Don't talk Maverick $1 chips in their casino, they'll refuse to do ANY business with you on the grounds that you MUST be intoxicated! I NEVER drink when I know that I'm gonna have to drive. I'll never spend ANY of my money in their casino...EVER!