My small stakes mixed casino hotstamp set

Kid_Eastwood

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Intro
This pr0n is covering my very first Paulson chips. I bought my first chips end of 2015 and finished the set around mid 2016.
At this time, I had (in fact I still have) a set of Dunes Commemorative chips and wanted to get compression-mold clay chips.

My first choice was to go for "home / fantasy" chips or casino used chips. I really liked the idea of have a piece of Poker history and thus I decided to go the used casino route. Also, I decided to build a cash set which was more affordable and easier to build as a first set.

Regrets
So during my quest, I - now with a lot of regret - did not pull the trigger on those classifieds:
  • ASM Las Vegas Hacienda hotstamp (see pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4, pic5) at 380€ (shipping in !) for 650 chips.
  • Paulson Classic at 1,10€ each (values ranging from 25 to 1000, so another tournament set).
  • Paulson Protégé (cash breakdown) at +/- 1€ each.
Breakdown
Before starting to buy chips, I had to decide on the breakdown. I wanted my set to cover small stakes (nickels or dimes based). I needed to cover NL10 (5c-10c) and NL20 (10c-20c).
So for the smallest denomination, I decided to use a chip without value which I would use as 5c or 10c depending on the game (NL10 vs NL20).
For NL10, I needed a 25c chip.
For NL20, I needed a 50c chip.
And $1, $5 and $25.
I then ended up with the following breakdown:
  • NCV x 100
  • 25c x 200
  • 50c x 200 (100 still to be oiled)
  • $1 x 120 (looking for 80 more)
  • $5 x 80
  • $25 x 20
I also targetted to pick a dealer button with a casino artwork.

Hotstamp
I liked the classic style of hotstamp chips. So in any case, I would have picked hotstamp chips for the fracs. But I realized that it would be also possible to get hotstamp chips for the $1, $5 and even $25. So I decided to only pick hotstamp chips.

Chips
NCV from the Cherry casino (Sweden)
These were the first chips I got. I was happy to find a solid pink chip without value and coming from a real casino.
My other option would have been Starburst (but then they would not be real casino chips) or roulette chips.
It seems that those are roulette chips which were used on a cruise ship.
I bought a lot of 150 of these chips and sold 50 of them to just keep one rack.

25c from the Lakeshore Inn Resort and Country Club (California City, CA)
This place is now abandonned as you can see on the following videos video1, video2, video3, video4
I initially bought a rack of these and recently (early 2019) a second one.

50c from the Fitzegeralds (Reno, NV)
I really wanted in my set a chip coming from Reno.
This place is now closed. There is this video showing the closing of the casino's doors.
I bought a rack of these and recently (early 2019) a second one.

$1 from the Prosperity I Cruises (Venice, FL)
These chips were used on the Proposerity I Cruises ship which was based in Venice, Florida.
The ship sunk due but chips could be retrieved.
I bought a rack of these and an additional barrel later (in 2018). The chips are the most used ones in this mixed set.

$5 from the The Post (San Jose, CA)
These are - with my Lakeshore Inn 25c - my favourite chips of this set. The Post was a small card room which operated for less than 1 year in the 70's.
At some point, I hesitate to sell the other chips of this set and only buy The Post chips. Maybe I'll pull the trigger if a complete set now comes for sale. I however own a complete sample (5c, 25c, 50c, $1, $5, $20 and PAN).
At first, I thought they were Paulson but I discover later that they are Christy & Jones.
Initially I only bought 40 of these. Hopefully I have been able to find 2 extra barrels after they were out of stock at @Spinettis Gaming.
I recently purchased 2 spares of these.

$25 from the Silver Star (Las Vegas, NV)
I could not build a classic set without picking a Las Vegas chip.
I liked the chip and spots colors so much that I finally pull the trigger on these expensive chips.
I bought 2 barrels of these and recently 2 spares.

All the chips have been cleaned (bath of warm water + "Chip Cleaner" powder) and oiled.

Dealer button
I initially found a St. Jo' Frontier dealer button which I finally exchanged to @suited67 who wanted it for his set.
I'm now with 3 - replica - dealer buttons:
  • Terrible's
  • Tropicana (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • President Casino New Yorker (New York, New York)
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Next steps
Try to find more of these chips:
  • Pink Cherry : 10 spares
  • 25c Lakeshore Inn : 6 spares
  • 50c Fitzgeralds Reno : 10 spares
  • $1 Prosperity I cruises : 80-100 chips
  • $5 The Post : any quantity
Still to be oiled:
  • 50c Fitzgeralds Reno (one rack)
Kid.
 
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Those lakeshores are really clean. Never seen the Fitz chips before — always good to see people loving Reno chips.
 

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I like this set a lot. The fives feel a little out of place. The pink edge spots tie everything together. The 312 edge feels a little big too me for this set. Both of those fracs!!!! WOW
 

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Those lakeshores are really clean. Never seen the Fitz chips before — always good to see people loving Reno chips.

I’m hunting for more. ;-) They don’t come often in the classifieds.

I like this set a lot. The fives feel a little out of place. The pink edge spots tie everything together. The 312 edge feels a little big too me for this set. Both of those fracs!!!! WOW

Thanks ! The black $5 is a little bit strange indeed but I really love it with its pink spots. Also, it’s really old school with the denom on one side and the name of the card room on the other.
 

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Here's the addon for my set:

Which is now complete ! Total count = 800.


NCV Cherry (Sweden) x 100
25c Lakeshore Inn Resort and Country Club (California City, CA) x 200
50c Fitzgeralds (Reno, NV) x 200
$1 Prosperity I Cruises (Venice, FL) x 100
$5 The Post (San Jose, CA) x 80
$25 Silver Star (Las Vegas, NV) x 20
Terrible's dealer button
Tropicana (Las Vegas, NV) dealer button

Big "thank you" to @superchromix , @ReallyGoodUsername , @Dice-solution and @anstossfreak for their help !
 
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Thank you, these were my first Paulson chips. Started the set in 2014, almost decided to sell and finally have extended it recently.
Very happy with the result and final breakdown !
 

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These chips got some action yesterday after our tournament. NL10 game.
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@Odranoel77 did very well in the cash game. Well done. :)
 
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