DescriptionDesert Inn $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, "Wilbur Clark's," Seventh Issue, R-9, Circa 1950s. There are only five to seven of these blue, odd-colored and classic '50s chips known to be in collections, one of three different Wilbur Clark face pictures used on various chips. This is the only example of an "H" mold in this auction, as made by the H. C. Edwards manufacturing company of New York. Various casinos did use this mold for brief periods.
The Desert Inn, the fifth major hotel casino on the strip, opened April 24, 1950. Wilbur Clark had been an entrepreneur in the gaming business for many years. His dream was to have the best casino and hotel in Vegas. Encountering financial problems, Clark accepted help from Moe Dalitz, a Cleveland mob boss. Dalitz became the principal owner and Clark the front-man. As the casino's greeter, Clark was the smiling gentleman and goodwill ambassador you met when entering the Desert Inn until he sold his remaining interest to Dalitz in 1964. The Desert Inn closed in 2000 and is now the Wynn Las Vegas.
Condition: Solid Average. These "H" mold chips wore quickly, the crosshatching wearing off and the edges rounding. No chips or damage, just the use from likely a year or two of being slid across the green felt table in some game at the D.I.
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