PCAs - Part RHC, part THC (1 Viewer)


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Feb 2, 2015
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So I've noticed that the PCA set uses the RHC mold on the 1's, but looks like it uses TCH on the other denoms. Anyone have any idea why they went mixed mold with their own set?

Do any other sets do this?
Aztar Caruthersville and St. Jo Frontier come to my mind. Both use RHC with giant inlays for their $5's. No clue why.

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This always bugged my. I love 'mixed' sets but don't mix the molds! What's worse is when the casinos mix in totally different molds and inlays for the same denoms. I get confused easily enough.
I seem to remember Jim having an answer as to why the $1 uses the RHC mold. I thought for a moment that it had to do with Gaming Commission regulations, but I can't think of any other Missouri sets that have an odd mold in the set.

I did look at the regulations relating to chips used (here at page 8), though, and they mandate a slightly non-traditional color scheme, which is interesting:

I am eternally grateful for the RHC/THC mix. If they were all RHC I'd be 2 to 3 grand poorer :D

I'm a big fan of the simple, classy inlays and absolutely love the colors on the secondaries, but mixing the molds within the same set kills it IMHO.
The only way I'd really like to see different molds is if the denom was molded into an otherwise common themed mold. It would provide a somewhat higher level of security without as high of a cost as RFID.
Unfortunately, mixing molds is pretty common for many casino sets. Why? Cost may be a factor -- RHC chips are priced lower than THC chips. Makes financial sense for casinos to go with RHC on the most abundant denominations (also why some casinos go with all RHC). Larger inlay area may be another, especially for those casinos who issue 'collectable' chips.
RHC chips are priced lower than THC chips. Makes financial sense for casinos to go with RHC on the most abundant denominations...

If RHC are cheaper for the casinos to buy then that would absolutely explain it. It then raises the question as to why that mold is priced lower...just overall looks/popularity, maybe? Surely it can't be due to materials consumed, right? Or maybe it's a matter of wear and tear on the molds, similar to how CPC is now pricing the MD-50 mold higher.
There's also the security of it. If your cheaper/common chip is a different mold, it's harder to paint it up as a bigger denom... And most people in a casino don't even notice they have a mold, never mind a slight difference in the top hat and cane.
Did you get a chance to see how they copied the inlay? Did the crooks get away or were they spotted while in play?

I never saw them, it was at craps tables, & I didn't deal craps. But I heard that they were playing (good) hundreds and probably washed the fakes into play when betting multiples.

With heavy action, they get into the bank and into other players' stacks quickly, and it's hard to tell where they came from.
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Hence, the need for denominated molds. Not just numbers either, but "One Hundred" or "Five Hundred" so a clever crook with access to a CNC machine isn't just milling in extra zeros.
Pretty sure NJ already has that requirement.... and it apparently didn't help.

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