Anyone have the Wynn Chinese new year chips and a black light? I just got a black light and was having fun checking all my chips. But all my Wynn chips are UV marked except for the 2012 dragon chip I own. Possibly fake??
Except for the guys who were doing it with sharpies.It’s super super difficult / impossible to recreate anything close to a Paulson poker chip and would require likely a $70,000+ (Total guess but likely more) investment to produce. If anyone could produce something that close they’d make a ton more money legally selling to casinos/us than scamming a few hundred $8 chips.
edit: the color matching alone would likely cost them $20k
That was altering of an existing chip not manufacturing a totally new one. That and I’m not sure removing a security feature from an $8 chip to turn it into an $8 chip without a security feature would be the best way to go about making moneyExcept for the guys who were doing it with sharpies.
I agree with everyone that the chip very likely is not fake. The coloration, mold, and label all show no signs of counterfeit. My best guess is that somehow the UV marking was washed off. I'm not sure how hard that would be, and both sides? Or maybe someone just goofed and forgot to order the markings or add them during manufacturing that year. That's why I was curious if anyone else has this chip and a black light. But Wynn did not just decide that the markings were no longer worth it. They marked the 2013 snake chip, and then the less valuable $1 Chinese New year chips the following 4 years. So logically, it doesn't appear to be omitted on purpose.Maybe they just realized that an $8 casino chip wasn't worth the extra cost for the UV security feature anymore? Do newer ones (after 2012) have a security feature?
All things being equal, I think Americans are equally as enthusiastic for a good gamble as anyone else. The history of America has been rich with gambling for as long as one can remember since the Old West and Frontier days.Chinese people, for whatever reason, are some of the most notorious gamblers wherever they are. There is way more money in Macau than there is in Vegas on any given day, except for right now because of the coronavirus scare.
Why, then, did the Chinese-themed Lucky Dragon fail? Because when Chinese people are travelling, the LAST place they want to go is to a Chinese-themed hotel and casino.
Lucky Dragon, Vegas. They failed because they are heavily leveraged and could not compete with the other casinos in terms of comps, promotion packages and competition for the same customer base. The neighboring Palace Station and SLS properties got them beat in terms of upping their ante to attract customers (Chinese patrons included). I think patrons were also complaining Lucky Dragons lack of table games such as baccarat.