Nevada has strict rules about the disposal of chips. That is one reason why Las Vegas sets are uncommon and expensive. I don't remember ever seeing a tournament set from a Vegas casino for sale - no doubt I have but just can't recall it. I would expect getting such a set is difficult.
I was on the chip collector site and they mentioned it is up to Vegas casinos if they want to sell face value chips at the cage. I'm wondering if anyone has recent experience at any of the casinos in this town doing this? They went on to say you can cherry pick and then cash the rest back. I'm thinking of giving it a try if I find a really nice $1 that could be used for a relabel project. I like to play craps and if the tables have newer chips, it would be quite easy to get a few racks of $1 at a table with $3 minimums. I presume you could pocket ten or so before you color up. I like to go to the table maybe 5 or 6 times a day if I'm rolling dice. I'm sure they do not like this if they figure out what you are doing. You could always say those chips are for dinner or taxi in case you lose everything else.
Am I looking for trouble doing this? I've got a quick trip planned in July.