News From the Dutch Caribbean

by Ralph Pollack
CC&GTCC Life Member R-749-13

News From the Dutch Caribbean, October, 1999


Aruba

The following chips are now obsolete

Grand Holiday Casino (GHC)

This casino was first opened by Danny Jones in 1985 after he purchased it from Frank King (formerly King International Casino). The GHC's chips were the colorful Chipcos, figures 1 & 2, and are now obsolete so, if you have any of these chips hold on to them, they will be good collector's items! If you don't have the GHC Chipcos email me. On September 1,1998 the GHC was sold to Mike Posner and he renamed the casino Excelsior Casino. I recently had spoken with Mike about the GHC's inventory of chips and he can not release any of the old chips for another year or so.

FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2
Crystal Casino

The Paul-son's Hat & Cane $5.00 and $25.00 chips are no longer! They have been replaced with Bud Jones inlays with indented starburst incused lines emanating from the center, figures 3 & 4.

FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4

If you had collected these Hat & Canes you would have noticed 3 varieties of each $5.00 and $25.00 ones! The standard playing chips and two varieties of other denominations. Each 'credit' chip had a bold or a thinner spelling of the word 'credit', figures 5 & 6.

FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6

These are now quite rare and will fetch a premium for collectors. Please bear in mind, that only a few casinos in the world have casino chips with the word 'credit' on them! The other way casinos distinguish credit or marker chips from regular 'play' chips is by the color of the chip with the same denomination. In Aruba, the Stellaris Casino in the Marriott Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Casino in the Hyatt Hotel differentiate regular 'play' versus 'credit' chips is via different colors in the mold areas, the center inlay logo is usually the same.

Alhambra Casino

The previous Hat & Cane dark green $25.00 chip with 3x1/4 Blue & Orange inserts chips worn (PRC# ALH-25 H&C.1) and were recently changed to newer Hat & Cane chips. This new $25.00 chip is lime green with 4x1/4 Navy Blue & Turquoise inserts (PRC# ALH-25 H$amp;C.2, figure 7.

FIGURE 7

'Til next time, Ralph.


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