Sometimes chip hunting overlaps with other casino occurrences which are just to memorable to keep to myself!
Over this past weekend, I was in Reno for the Chip Dig Show and growing tired of losing cash in the slot machines of that city's finest establishments, decided to drive down to the Peppermill for dinner.
That accomplished, I noticed "new" $25 chips all over the tables - actually the 1999 issue showing a roulette wheel, dice and cards, and bought one from an Asian table dealer who probably could not figure out why I wanted one, not to play at his table.
There remained the matter of a remaining TITO, so off I went to the cashier. A man - seemingly the Casino Manager judging by his fine attire and demeanor - was talking to a cashier and, seeing me waiting, motioned for me to step forward. "I want you to give her a real hard time," he said with a smile. "She's retiring and this is her last night working here."
Thinking fast, I asked the grey-haired cashier, "What, are you going to start at the Atlantis?"
The Manager turned around. The other cashiers stopped their work. The cashier said, "No, no, no, I'd never work there!" And then they all laughed heartily. Mission accomplished, and I wished the cashier a happy, well-earned retirement.
J. Eric Freedner