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Old 08-22-2010, 03:21 AM   #1
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Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

Like taxi fares and what not. Also which casino chips ? B ? Wynn ?*

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Old 08-22-2010, 03:47 AM   #2
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

Officially it's illegal to use chips to pay for anything. They can only be used to gamble with. However, people can accept TIPS in casino chips.

In poker rooms they typically let you pay for massages (not all of them though), food (almost all of them), and drinks in chips. But I would never expect a cab to let you pay with a chip.
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

1. Bellhops
2. Valets
3. Maids
4. Sex workers
5. Undocumented pharmacists
6. Pool boys
7. Room service waitpeople
8. Restaurant/buffet waitpeople
9. Poker room food service
10. Yourself! Save some for next trip.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

In Las Vegas, pretty much everything and anything, if the person offering the service or mechandise is willing to accept it. About the only thing you absolutely can't pay with them is parking tickets and the IRS.

The Priest at the Catholic Church I go to on SuperBowl Sunday always makes a big announcement about how chips are always welcome in the collection plate.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:02 PM   #5
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

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Officially it's illegal to use chips to pay for anything. They can only be used to gamble with. However, people can accept TIPS in casino chips.

In poker rooms they typically let you pay for massages (not all of them though), food (almost all of them), and drinks in chips. But I would never expect a cab to let you pay with a chip.
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In Las Vegas, pretty much everything and anything, if the person offering the service or mechandise is willing to accept it. About the only thing you absolutely can't pay with them is parking tickets and the IRS.

The Priest at the Catholic Church I go to on SuperBowl Sunday always makes a big announcement about how chips are always welcome in the collection plate.
Disagreement here.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:05 PM   #6
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

When the WSOP was at Binion's back in the 90s, they excepted other casino's chips for buy-ins in satellites.

When I was in Vegas a couple of weeks ago, the dealers in poker games dropped them as cash and replaced them with their casino's chips. If you were a casino and a player had only another casino's chips as money, would you chase them away?

And has been mentioned, any individual will accept any form of money as a tip. Given that, if you offer a cabbie a $25 chip for a $18 ride and tell him to keep the change, he'll probably take it if he knows the casino.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #7
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

And then there's the rumor of the player who paid for a hooker with a tournament chip. She was disappointed when she went down to cash it.

I played in a casino where the waitresses couldn't accept chips as payment for drinks. But they could change the chips to cash. So the official way they were supposed to do it was you hand them a $5 chip, they hand you five $1's, and you hand them back, now paying for your beverage with cash, not chips. That was typically shortened to you hand them a $5 chip, they pick up $5 and put it in front of you and say "touch this, please", you reach up and tap the bills, and they then pocket it. Awesome.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:19 PM   #8
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

Bottom line is you MIGHT be able to pay your cabbie with chips but you're pretty much a dick for doing that. If you're going to do it you better overtip (like mentioned above). Chips are for tipping, not for paying.

And not all casinos will cash another casino's chips. It will vary mostly by denomination, and there will occasionally be periods of time where it will not be allowed (like if there are counterfeits floating around). Obviously the lower the denomination of chip the more likely you won't have any trouble though.
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The cabbie will be paranoid about your being some kind of undercover cop, and there is an video and audio record being made, so don't rely on him taking your quarter as payment.
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

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not all casinos will cash another casino's chips
Any difference between casinos within the same company (e.g. MGM and Mandalay Bay) and casinos who are owned by different companies (e.g., MGM and Caesars)?

Because if I owned a multibillion dollar conglomorate of casinos, I'd probably just allow my casinos to exchange each others' chips and hire a runner to move chips between casinos. The exception might be if there were stronger anti-counterfeiting measures in one casino than the other, but even in that case I'd allow the casino with stronger measures to accept the chips of the casino with weaker measures.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:49 AM   #11
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:45 AM   #12
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

Las Vegas Strip casinos generally take one another's* checks up to green at tables (they will be dropped and exchanged for that casino's checks). Black you have to take to the cage, and even then they may not take them.

* Other Strip casinos only.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:40 PM   #13
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

last weekend i had a taxi ride, cost was $6, i had a $5 bill some chips and $100 bills, i gave the drive the $5 bill and a $5 chip, no questions asked
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:08 PM   #14
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Re: Where and what can you pay in casino chips ?

I can see the typical poker player's brain frying and shorting out at the thought of a 66% tip

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Old 08-25-2010, 04:26 PM   #15
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I once only had a hundred dollar chip and the taxi was like uhh I cant change that, so i was like damn, then i get to the wynn and the guy that opens the door is there and Im like you got change for this, he says steve wynn told him that if you dont come to work with a wad of money then dont come to work and he had a was full of bills to change it.
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