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    Still more 79 JEI

    Although I don't collect chips above the $5 denomination for the most part, I ended up with this $100 chip from the Palm, the next incarnation of the casino at 79 JE Irasquin:



    It's only worth a couple of bucks because the whole rack (at least above the $1 level) was sold for the home poker set market.

    After the Palm, it became the Merengue. It is the only Aruba casino I have no memorabilia for. Anyone?? I would be happy to even see anything.

    In the last stages of the Aruba Grand, the casino was known as the Centurion, although most people never seemed to realize that. They used chips from the Palm Casino for denominations $5 and up and some sort of tokens for the $1 chip. Here is a nice deck of cards from there:


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    The lst of 79 JEI

    The Aruba Grand was subsumed into the Riu Grand and the casino is now the Cool Casino. Here are a few items:



    They had the only grand opening chip in Aruba casino history, and it's a nice one:


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    81 JEI, the beginning

    Casinos began at 81 JE Irasquin. The first real resort hotel, the Aruba Caribbean opened in 1959, with a casino, and began it all. They have had a slew of nice chips. I will show some other stuff, though:



    OK. I had to show at least 1 chip. Here are my favorite pair of dice. On a side I do not show, they bear the initials of the 2 men that started it (yep, they were mobsters, reportedly):



    Later, the hotel changed to the Golden Tulip, but the casino reopened after being closed for several years, still bearing the name Aruba Caribbean. Here is an oddity. It looks like a matchbook, but it really is a calculator:


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    81 JEI part 2

    Next, it became for a short while the Arusino:



    The same chips were used in Bonaire at the Bonasino. True.

    After the Arusino, it became the Carnaval:



    Great looking chips. Easy to get.

    After the Carnaval came the Masquerade:





    I'm not aware of a lot of those decks being out there, but who knows?

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    81 JEI part 3

    Finally, 81 JE Irasquin became the Radisson that we all now know and love. It has a pretty silly casino name, though, The Casino at the Radisson.



    I will have to take a break for awhile. I hope someone out there is enjoying this.

    Here's a little more, in the meantime:





    Some of those no cash value items are pretty hard to get. Anyone have some they don't need???

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    i think your collection is pretty neat!!
    thanks

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    I hve a deck of cards from Key Largo with a hole in them if you want them.

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    I'm Back - Now to 83 JEI

    At 83 JE Irasquin, American Airlines built the Americana. Here is a nice chip showing the American Airlines logo stamped into the coin center:



    Here is a playing card which is almost identical to the playing cards used at the Aruba Caribbean at that time (when the Hotel was called the Golden Tulip):



    The casino then changed its name to the Palace Casino. Here is their slot token:



    And what I believe is the first collector's chip made for an Aruba casino:


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    83 JEI part 2

    Next was the Royal Palm. It's not easy to find anything from the Royal Palm.



    But, I also have a matchbook!


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    83 JEI part 3

    Then, it became the Allegro. Yes, the chips were still there when it shut down for renovations.



    And now it's the Occidental Grand. Well, the hotel is. I have no idea what the casino is called.





    Have 2 corners cut like that to cancel the cards is very unusual. No idea why they did it.

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