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Al's Own Swag Bag

By February 25, 2013

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If you don't know what Swag is, good for you. But, just for enlightenment, when referred to the Oscars (the show was last night if you were at the casino), it's Stuff we all get, and last night the participants in the Oscars were reported to have gotten $47,000 worth of stuff. This is because actors don't get paid enough and must get this stuff to compensate for what they expend for their limos, tuxedos, and plunging dresses. So anyway, they get a whole lot of stuff like design consultation, gift cards, and even things like African Safaris. Did I mention the Oscars have something to do with Hollywood?

So, since I was snubbed again and got no invitation to the awards ceremony, I kept the most important aspect of the event intact by reminding myself to always get my own swag when I'm at a new casino. For me, this includes chips, dice and tokens. It used to include ashtrays, pens, player's club cards, post cards, and even more stuff I now have no room for.

Because I collect a lot of strange casino items, I really enjoyed the latest issue of Casino Collectible News, which features lots of photos of really old Nevada plastic drink tokens, chips, dice, well, you get the idea. The magazine is a quarterly, and the best in the country for gaming historians and people who collect memorabilia from casinos. The magazine has been around 25 years, they must be doing something right!

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