Hi Steve; Thanks for your response to my BB post. Your suggestion of limiting chip purchases to two per person "until the last day of the show" sounds good.... in an ideal, perfect world.... but in all actuality will not work in my opinion for the following reason(s):
The same cashier is not on the window 24 hours a day, all week long. Much double dipping will take place the first time the cashier leaves the window to go on break, to go to lunch, to go to the bathroom, to go home, etc. The cashier's replacement will not know who got chips previously and who didn't get chips... and when the original cashier returns from break, lunch, day's end, etc., he/she will not know who purchased chips in his/her absence. In fact, in all probability, a half hour after someone purchases their two chip allotment, the cashier will not remember who was there a half hour or an hour earlier. With at least 500 people at the Early Bird, at two chips per person 1000 chips will go in less than 30 minutes if they all showed up at the same time (more on this subject further down). I know the solution is more chips. Question to the BB: HOW MANY chips in your opinion are a "good number"? Will Orleans accept our recommendation? Orleans wants to sell out all of the chips I'm sure. Who out there wants to offer to purchase all the "left overs" if they order 5000 chips? Will we now hear complaints that too many chips were made? That the Orleans is getting greedy? Please don't misunderstand. The club in all probability will make another recommendation to Orleans next year. We do plan to improve the situation over this year's experience. How much influence we can exert remains to be determined.
Now, that having been said; I know for a fact that this year alot of "traders" did not want to leave the trading room on Wednesday night to go downstairs to get their chips when the reminder announcement was made that they were available....(since Tuesday by the way), nor did they choose to get them during the day on Wednesday, well before the trading session began. In addition, many folks who were in town on Wednesday morning were lined up at Fiesta (by all reports) for that free chip, but evidently didn't think to stop at the Orleans cage for the "live" convention chip. Seems to me like a lot of people didn't give it too much thought, or place too much priority on the Orleans convention chip,...... until after they were all gone.... and after the abuses had taken place such as the alleged person who was able to purchase two racks, which I abhor as well, if true.
Just my opinions which I'm entitiled to; not looking for another long thread beating this subject to death, but I felt I had to tell "the other side of the story". Still looking for offers of assistance for next year. Contact Wayne Thompson. Happy collecting to all. Archie