RIP Mike and condolences to his family. I first met Mike when i bought my first set of real chips (Palmas on HHR). He was very nice and let me go in the back to pick out my chips. This was before they moved to their huge store location now. One of the chipping legends.
He wasn't in the best of health last time I saw him. I count myself lucky and privileged to have met him. I wasn't a whale, and was a nitty buyer at the chip convention, but he happily spent an hour or so just talking chips and casino history one morning at the show. He was a fascinating guy and a living encyclopedia of casino and chip lore. And, he was incredibly generous.