The Birth of Casino Chips and Tokens

Casino chips have become a part of some people’s collection over the years. Such a hobby has become so popular that some tokens are even worth about 50 thousand American Dollars on eBay. But when did the use of chips or tokens become necessary in various casinos around the world? How did the idea originate?

Well, during the year 1964, in the United States, silver started to obtain a higher purchase price which then slowly contributed to the halt in the circulation of dollar coins which were made of silver. Many casinos at the time started to try to devise ways to solve the problem by looking for substitutes for the silver coins which were mostly used in slot machines across America.

Soon enough, the Gaming Control Board located in Nevada made further consultations with the United States Treasury Office. A ruling was then made that enabled the casinos to begin to use their own substitute tokens or chips in order to operate the slot machines in their venues. In a number of places around America, some casinos are not allowed to make use of any form of currency inside their slot machines, which started the need and demand for the use of tokens as a replacement for lower forms of currency.

The privately-owned corporation located in Pennsylvania called The Franklin Mint, was at the time, and still is, one of the biggest minters of substitute tokens for slot machines. Various token designs were developed by them which included some medals based on a certain theme. The shipments of chips and tokens were on a monthly basis as the company sold them based on plan subscriptions. A number of art themes and American history themes designed on the tokens were not only popular, but also became predominant. Many of such designs usually came in limited number of supplies, therefore giving way to some special limited editions.

In many casinos today, chips and tokens are slowly being phased-out in their slot machines, substituting them with slot machines that take banknotes instead. However, there are still many casinos that would still make use of the tokens, going so far as to embed each chip with Radio Frequency Identification tags in order for casinos to be more effective in keeping in track of such chips, making it difficult for conmen to produce fake versions.

The casino chip’s popularity started growing, and along with that fact, certain collector’s clubs and organizations have opened, as chips and tokens of various colors and designs have continued to emerge.


Nevada On its Own Towards Gambling

Las Vegas built a tourist stop, in which gambling served as one of many contributing features, rather than a resort, in which gambling prevailed.

The frontier theme contributed as a secondary influence.

Consequently, true to its beginnings as a railroad town, Las Vegas remained a division point on the road to more significant destinations.

The shortcomings of Las Vegas as a tourist center stemmed in part from a relatively provincial mentality.

Southern Nevadans were not prepared to exploit fully the opportunities bequeathed to the town by the state of Nevada.

While Las Vegas had acquired connections to the outside world, and especially to Los Angeles, that would ultimately shape it into a cosmopolitan resort, it remained a cultural backwater, not only in the Far West, but even in Nevada.

As railroad station on the Union Pacific line, Las Vegas had come to identify more with Los Angeles than Reno, and as ‘gateway’ to Boulder Dam, Las Vegas belonged more to the Southwest than to the Great Basin.

These orientations distanced Las Vegans slightly from the state’s heritage of exploiting ‘vices’, prevented them from recognizing fully the potential in the statewide legalization of gambling in 1931, and blinded them to the forthright attitudes of Reno the the north.

Even during those periods when law forbade the activity, from 1864 to 1869 and from 1910 to 1931, games of chance played for profit continued to flourish.

They seemed as much part of the Great Basin state as the desolate landscape and the sparse population.

Chroniclers have often pointed out that gambling resembled the chancy pursuit of precious metals, which had defined the state’s economy from its earliest days.

In addition to the psychological similarities between gaming and mining, the cyclical patterns of mining encouraged Nevadans to accept lawful gambling.

Well into twentieth century, the state depended heavily upon the extractive industry not only for its social character, but also for its economic development.

As a result, Nevada did not advance far beyond the modes of production typical of the miners’ frontier of the late nineteenth century.

Residents sought new economic opportunities only when mining booms diminished, first in the 1880s and 1890s, and later in the 1920s and 1930s.

Responses to the first depression included the divorce trade and lawful prizefighting, as well as state and federal reclamation programs.


Videopoker Rules

To win, just have a winning combination in any hand. Click on “Winning Combinations” to view the winnings for each combination.

You are dealt 5 cards face up and you can choose to keep or change (change) some of these in order to get the best poker hand. In multi-hand versions, each hand in play receives the same 5 cards and holds them, but each hand will then receive cards from different decks, so you will have a much better chance of getting a winning combination.

How to play

Select the Token Value and # Tokens bet in each hand to determine your Total Bet for each bet.
Click Distribute to receive 5 face up cards.
Click on any card to keep it. All unmarked cards will be changed. Click on a marked card to not change it (by removing the brand).
With each hand, click Distribute to change your unmarked cards and get new ones.
When each hand receives the new cards, the resulting hand will be visible along with the amount of tokens paid for the winning bets depending on the winning combinations, based on the number of coins bet per hand.

The Payment display shows the total number of chips paid to your account for each winning hand played.

Aces & Eights is a kind of Jacks or Better with a bonus given to certain poker. In normal Jacks or Better, poker is paid 25 times. In Aces & Eights a 4-Axis or 4-Otti poker is paid 80 times. An Ace with the Eight or an Eight with the Aces doubles the payout up to 160 times!

Aces & Faces is another form of Jacks or Better with a bonus for certain types of poker. In the classic Jacks or Better poker was paid 25 times, but Aces & Faces pays 40 times a poker of Jacks, Queens or Kings. With 4 Aces the winnings have even doubled to 80 times.

Bonus Poker pays a bonus on certain types of poker. Poker is usually paid 25 to 1, but with Bonus Poker it is paid 40 to 1 for four 2, 3 or 4. Four Aces are paid 200 to 1.

Bonus Poker Deluxe is another form of Jacks or Better with a bonus given when making poker. In the classic Jacks or Better poker was paid 25 times, but Regular Bonus Poker pays 40 and Double Bonus Poker pays 80 when a poker is made of 2, 3 and 4. Bonus Poker Deluxe pays 80 all poker (from 2 upward).

Crazy 8s is an exciting video poker game in which to win you simply have to get a pair of Jacks or better, but if you get four 8s in one hand, you win a bonus of 200 coins for each token that is more than a win Any poker. If you get four 8s and one Ace, the bonus will be 350. Crazy!

Deuces & Joker Wild join Deuces Wild with Joker Poker for even more exciting Video Poker. This game uses a deck of 53 cards with a Joker. The Joker and all 2 are wild and can assume any value and seed. To win you must have at least a set of three, but with 5 jokers in the deck it is easier to get winning combinations.

Deuces Wild is a fun video poker game in which all 2 (‘deuces’) are Jokers who take the value of any other card in the deck. To win, you must get at least a triple, but the 2 are Jolly both in color and in value, to help you get a winning combination.

Double Bonus Poker is a type of Jacks or Better similar to Bonus Poker, but with a double bonus when you play 2, 3 and 4 poker. In the classic Jacks or Better poker was paid 25 times, but bonus poker will be paid 40 times and Double Bonus Poker 80!

Double Double Bonus is a type of Jacks or Better similar to Double Bonus Poker, but with a double bonus given when you get a poker of 2, 3, 4. In the usual Jacks or Better a poker was paid 25


Solitary Rules

The same game you already know – with simpler rules.
Head against the house to make it more exciting.
The deck contains 52 cards and you will win for each card placed in the Foundation, according to your bet. Win up to $ 2600!
To Play: Select the amount of the bet and click Deal.

Objective: Move as many cards as possible from the Mazzoe and from the columns of the Tableau in the Fondamenta.

For playing:

Foundation Stacks: Construct a column of cards of the same suit from the Ace to the King.
Tableau columns: Construct a column by alternating cards of different colors and lower values.
Click and move the cards or double-click to auto-move.
Move a King to the Empty Column.
Consolidate the Column to reveal cards face up.
Pass a card through the Pile Stock by distributing one card at a time.
You can split the column to move one part into another.
You can move a card from Foundations to Tableau.
Undo multiples – to repeat the last moves made, up to the last one revealed.
Use Game Options
Click on the help button for more information and complete rules.
Good luck and have fun!