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    Commercial Hotel $1 Elko, Nevada Casino Chip, Second Issue, R-8, Circa 1950s. Some of the small town Nevada chips offer the most appealing inlays with great artwork. This fabulous example pictures White King, their giant polar bear mascot.

    The hotel and restaurant opened in 1925 and gaming began when legalized in 1931, though no chips are known from that era. Amazingly, the Commercial was the first casino in Nevada to feature big-name acts in a showroom when, in 1941, they brought in Ted Lewis and his Orchestra for an eight day engagement. They followed that with the Red Hot Mama herself, Sophie Tucker. People flocked to the modest little town of Elko to see the biggest names in show business and Newton Hunt Crubley, the son of the owner whose idea this was, became known as the father of big name hotel-casino show business.

    Condition: Slight Used with just a little edge use, not damaged (as most are found). Super color contrast on the inlays.

    For more information about casino chips, please read The Basics Of Casino Chip Collecting.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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