Below is a list of commonly used terms and phrases. Being familiar with these will help when collecting casino chips and other memorabila. If a term is missing, please do not hesitate to reach out so we can add it to our library.

A/C or ACAbbreviation for Atlantic City
AirtiteCommercial name for a hard plastic two-piece transparent protective snap holder for chips.
AlterationA change made to to make an item appear to be something that it is not. Alterations must be completely described so as not to defraud a new owner. Similar to Counterfeit.
Arrodie or ArodiePronounced "Arrow Die". Trademark rim mold for chip manufacturer.
B&GBourgoyne et Grasset. A large European manufacturer of chips and plaques. Also called B et G.
BBBulletin Board, Usually found on internet talk groups for posting messages
BinderAlbums used to house pages for chips to be stored. Usually 3-ring style but some may have vinyl pages permanently bound into spine.
BorlandA chip manufactured by Bill Borland that was not authorized by the casino.
Borland, BillA chip manufacturer and one of the first chip dealers.
BourseFrench word for "marketplace". Commonly used for describing the area set aside for convention dealers to transact business at their rented "bourse tables".
Bubble MailerA lightweight air-cushioned protected shipping envelope.
Bud Jones or BJOne of the world's largest chip manufacturer. Known primarily for their metal center inlay type chips.
C/WCampiglia & Wells reference catalog on casino chips.
Camera Coverage TestWhen Casino Control Commission (CCC) does testing to view new chips from casino's overhead security cameras.
CancelledA retired chip that has been invalidated by means of overstamp, notching or drilling so that in can no longer be used in the casino.
CasinoAn establishment that provides table games, slots machines and/or other types of gaming.
CatwalkAreas above casino ceilings where security observes JDLR below.
CC>CCAbbreviation for Casino Chips & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club. a 2500 member international organization.
CC>CC Membership StatusCH-xxxx Charter Member. Limited to first 100 applicants.
R-xxxx Regular Member. Currently $20 per year dues.
A-xxxx Associate Member. Currently $5 per year dues. *Must be family member living at same address as regular member. (Does not receive magazine)
LM-xxxx Life Member. One payment at 15 times regular membership dues after three years regular membership.
HLM-xxxx Honorary Life Membership. Bestowed by club officers upon individual member who has performed outstanding meritorious service to the club.
CCCCasino Control Commission.
ChapterA local hobby club of casino chips and gaming token collectors or non- geographical special interest focus group who have affiliated with the International Casino Chips & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club, Inc.
Chapter MemberAn individual member of a Chapter. (May or may not be a CC>CC member.)
Charter MemberThe first 100 membership applications received when CC>CC was formed.
CheckA casino chip that has a redeemable cash value and is used to place wagers at casino table games. Not used in slot machines.
ChequersOne of the first internet websites for chip collectors.
ChipA casino chip that has no cash value such as a roulette chip. Can also be used to place wagers on a casino table game. Not used in slot machines.
Chip RunTo acquire chips and cheques from several casinos over a limited period of time.
ChipaholicA person addicted to collecting chips.
ChipalancheUsed to describe the falling down of stacks of chips.
CHIPCOName of a chip manufacturer located in the state of Maine. Primary style of chips are of a wafer type manufacture with full graphics covering entire surface of chip.
Chipology1. The study of casino chips and tokens. 2. A series of educational seminars presented at the CC>CC Conventions. These educational presentations are available in PDF form on the CC>CC web site.
ChipperSlang word for a Chip Collector.
CICCoin Inlay Center. Description of a specific style of chip using metallic center inserts.
Coin AlignedRelationship of obverse to reverse alignment of designs. Coin related subjects are one side right side up, other side upside down when rotated left to right or right to left. (See Medal aligned.)
Coin CupPlastic cup used to hold coins that are cashed out of a slot machine. The coin are then transported in the cup to the change booth or casino cage for redemption by the player.
CommemorativeSee LE.
Common ErrorA manufacturing defect that is found in may like specimens. Example: A missing edge insert. A mis-registration of color placement.
ConditionA verbal description of the amount of wear or damage on a chip token or other collectible. Some generally accepted terms used for Condition are, New; Slightly Used; Used; Worn; and Damaged.
COTY/TOTY/SSOTYAnnual contest conducted each year by Casino Chips & Gaming Tokens Collectors Club to choose the "Chip Of The Year", "Token Of The Year" and "Silver Strike Of The Year". Voted on by panel of club-member judges.
CounterfeitAn imitation made with the intent to deceive or defraud. See BORLAND COUNTERFEIT.
Crest & Seal Or C&SClay chips produced by U.S. Playing Card Company prior to 1940. Smooth across the surface, has a plain mold and round litho inlay. Center Inlay is protected by a clear thick, possibly celluloid material.
CurrentA casino collectible that is still in use.
Day CruiseAn unregulated casino boat that picks up gamblers for short cruises in international waters.
DGEDivision of Gaming Enforcement.
Double PostAn identical message posted more than one time on an electronic bulletin board.
DovetailA chip divided in half by 2 different colors. At the center of the chip the colors interlock in "dovetail" fashion.
Drop ChipA chip used in some casino's poker tables to take the house's cut out of each hand. The chip is "dropped" in a special slot on the table. Typically an odd denomination like $2 or $3.
Dupe(S)More than one of the same chip or token. Often used when referring to traders.
ebayElectronic on-line medium for all kinds of items/merchandise offered for sale at auction.
EdgeOutermost portion of a chip, token, silver strike. By balancing a chip or token perpendicular to a flat surface, it is said to be standing on it's edge.
Edge InsertA security device inserted into a composite material casino chip to distinguish it from other denomination/casino's chips. The color(s) are usually differnet from the base color of the casino chip.
E-MailElectronic on-line private messages that are intended for selected recipient(s).
EOMEnd Of Message. "EOM" is typed in subject heading of bulletin board post to alert reader that there is no text message to follow. The subject title IS the message.
ErrorA chip or token with a manufacturing defect.
Eye In The SkyOverhead security cameras used to monitor gambling operations and irregularities on the casino floor.
Fantasy ChipNon-redeemable chip that has been produced as a replica or for a non- existent casino or for home use, sometimes referred to as a "fake".
Faux ChipA false chip. It may be counterfeit, fantasy or otherwise, but not a chip that could actually be used in a casino.
Flip2" x 2" or 3" x 3" square vinyl protective holder for chips and tokens.
ForeignTerm used by casinos to describe a chip or token in their possession that was meant to be used at another casino.
FractionalChips and tokens that are less than $1 denomination.
Free PlayPromotional chips given to casino players or sold to casino players at a discount.
Gaming BoatVessel that goes out past the three-mile limit for a full day or night of casino gambling.
GrungeThe dirt and grime that accumulates on the surfaces of casino chips due to sweaty palms and fingers, oils, spilled drinks, etc.
H&CHat & Cane symbol on rim of chip. Trademark for world's largest manufacturer of casino chips.. Paul-Son Gaming.
HANHot August Nights. An annual celebration in Reno in which commemorative chips are issued each year.
HarvesterPrimarily a term used to describe a collector who "acquires" non-value roulette chips that are not supposed to be removed from the roulette table in order to trade with other roulette harvesters, or to sell privately.
HeadsOpposite of Tails. Main side or main theme of subject being honored or commemorated. Usually the side with date.
House ChipRegular everyday table rack chips used by casinos.
HS Or Hot StampPrimarily a gold foil imprint or embossing in the center area of a non-image chip. Other colors used can be silver; blue; red; green.
HSHDTrademark pattern design of 16 Horse heads facing left (HHL) or 16 Horse heads facing right (HHR) edgemold. Langworthy Co. was the manufacturer.
IllegalA chip that has been produced for a non-licensed casino.
IMHOAbbreviation for "In My Humble Opinion".
Indian Or TribalA casino located on an Indian Reservation.
InlayCenter of chip where graphics appear along with denomination, casino name and location.
InsertColored markings (single and multiple stripes, solid half-circles) around inlay, unique to the particular mold and denomination.
International WatersThree miles off the east or west coast and 9 miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Day Cruise boats operate in international waters to avoid government regulation.
IvoriesChips made from Ivory. They are usually very rare and expensive.
JDLRCasino lingo for "Just Doesn't Look Right".
JETONPronounced zhe ton. A lightweight plastic gambling chip used in Europe, Asia and South American casinos. Usually moved about the table with the use of a tool called a "ratau" (rake).
Large CrownTrademark rim mold design for chip manufacturer, TR King.
Large KeyTrademark rim mold design for chip manufacturer, BC Wills.
LayoutThe felt covering used for table games such as Craps, Blackjack, or Caribbean Stud.
LE'sLimited Edition chips issued for special events. Sometimes referred to as commemorative issues.
LurkerOne who is content with reading messages on an electronic bulletin board but who does not post one's own messages or replies.
Match PlayA chip or coupon given to casino patrons to bet with their own matching money or chips.
MedalA round non-redeemable metal object that has been issued to commemorate an event, a person or group of persons, place(s) or thing(s).
Medal AlignedRelationship of obverse to reverse alignment of designs. Medal related subjects are right side up on both sides when rotated left to right or right to left. (See Coin Aligned)
Message BoardElectronic medium of posting and exchanging messages for public consumption.
MoldThe "die" that is used to create the basic incused and/or relief designs of plastic and clay chips.
MOPMother Of Pearl chip.
NCR"Not Chip Related" for electronic bulletin board posts advising readers that subject matter is unrelated to chip collecting.
NCVNo Cash Value
NewA description of the condition of a chip, token or other collectible that has no visible sign of use.
New FindA chip or token that has been discovered that was not previously known or cataloged.
NewbieSlang for new club member or new to the hobby.
Notched SampleSamples of chips distributed by manufacturer as prototypes or advertising product with cut-out notches in side of chip to prevent unauthorized redemption.
ObsoleteIn general, when applied to casino collectibles, an item that is no longer in use or available from the original source. Usually the collectible is from a closed casino or from a casino that has stopped using the item because it has been replaced.
ObverseGenerally referred to as "heads" side.
orShorthand for "grin" or "very big grin" used on electronic bulletin boards by computer skilled posters to indicate joking.
Paul-SonWorld's largest manufacturer of casino chips and gaming supplies.
PCPersonal Computer.
PIPPSDifferent suit symbols of 8 suits mold.
PlaqueRectanglar, square-shaped or oval cheque primarily used in European casinos.
PMSCPlastic Molded Slug Core. A style of casino chip where the plastic is molded over a metal core with parts of the core exposed. Also referred to as "Brass Core" or "Slug Core".
Prize TokenSee "Silver Strike"
PromoPromotional chip used to advertise or to redeem for a prize, benefit or in"150ctions.
RAREA controversial term used to describe a very uncommon or usually expensive chip or token. Harder to find than scarce.
REEDED ORProduced by U.S. Playing Card Co.
Reeded or Knurled Edge ChipsProduced by U.S. Playing Card Co.
REVERSEGenerally referred to as the "tails" side.
RHCReverse Hat & Cane mold. The direction of the cane changes every fourth impression.
RIMSometimes mistakenly called the edge. A coin or chip stands on it's edge. not it's rim. The rim is usually where the mold appears.
RIVERBOATA licensed casino that is water based. It may be a boat that travels in a lake or river. In some states riverboat casinos do not cruise.
ROOM KEYThe latest craze associated with chip & token collectors acquiring sometimes very attractive plastic cards with metallic strips that have just about replaced the older-type metal hotel room keys.
ROTFLShorthand in e-communications for "Rolling On The Floor Laughing" in response to a funny story or funny response. Sometimes WPIMP is added to ROTFL which translates "Rolling On The Floor Laughing While Peeing In My Pants".
ROUND ROBINSimilar to a chain letter where packages of chips, slot cards, tokens are sent to collectors who have voluntarily signed up in advance to a distribution list for the purposes of trading. When one item is removed from a Round Robin to add to one's collection, it must be replaced with a different item before sending on to the next recipient.
RRShorthand for "Round Robin".
SCOFFERA person who attempts to purchase all of a new issue chip at one time to corner the market and freeze out other dealers/collectors.
SHOE CHIPA non-value chip affixed to a dealing shoe such as found at BlackJack tables in Atlantic City.
SHOTGUN SWAPLike a Round Robin, except that everyone on the list simultaneously sends a predetermined number/type of chips to each of the others on the list. A large number of chips are quickly distributed.
SILVER STRIKESometimes abbreviated as "SS". A prize token housed in a round two-piece hard transparent plastic case that is dispensed from a slot machine in lieu of coins or redeemable tokens.
SLABThe encapsulation of a coin, chip, token, medal into a non-removeable sealed hard-plastic inert holder by a 3rd party grading service.
SLABBERSomeone who participates in the slabbing process.
SLABBINGThe process in which a hobby item such as a coin, chip, token, medal is sealed into a slab.
SLABFREE.COMA web-site devoted to educating new chip collectors to the potential injurious effects that slabbing has upon our hobby.
SLIGHTLY USEDA term used to describe a chip, token or other collectible that is in excellent condition but shows some indication of minor use.
SLOT CARDA plastic or cardboard card with a magnetic strip or punched holes that is inserted into a reader at a slot machine, or presented at a table game, in order to track a customer's level of play for use in awarding complimentaries, such as; rooms, meals, show tickets, cash-back, etc.
SLOT GLASSColorful glass panels that are installed on slot machines. There are three styles; belly glass, logo glass and payout glass panels.
SMALL CROWNTrademark rim mold design for chip manufacturer, TR King.
SMALL KEYTrademark rim mold design for chip manufacturer, BC Wills Co.
SNAPPERA $2.50 chip used in the game of blackjack
SnipeTo place a bid
SNIPEDTo lose an ebay top bid to one who has submitted the winning bid just before the deadline.
SORIScan Of Real Item. Image in scan is the actual item.. not a copy or another similar item.
SPAMIndiscriminate, unsolicited, unwanted, irrelevant, or inappropriate electronic messages through email, message boards, instant messaging and the like. Especially email commercial advertising in mass quantities. Also called electronic "junk mail".
SPIEL MARKGerman term for game counter.
STATUSA-xxxx Associate Member. Currently $5 per year dues. *Must be family member living at same address as regular member. (Does not receive magazine)
SWIZZLE STICKA drink stirrer that usually has the identity of a casino or lounge or restaurant.
TABLE GAMESAny of a number of games played at a table in a casino, including: Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Pow Gai Poker, Pan, the Big Wheel and Baccarrat.
TAILSOpposite of heads. Usually the side of a chip or token not having the date or devices being commemorated.
TCRSee: The Chip Rack.
TGTSee: The Gaming Table.
THE CHIP RACKCommonly referred to as "The Bible" for identifying casino chips from Nevada.
THE GAMING TABLEExcellent reference for locating casinos from around the world and opening and closing dates.
TIP CHIPNon-gaming chip used to tip dancers at "gentlemen's clubs".
TOKENUsually a metal object (but can be plastic, cardboard, etc.) that is used as a replacement for money that is redeemable for cash, goods, or services, as in slot token.
TRADERA duplicate chip, token or other collectible for the purpose of trading with another collector.
UFCUnidentified Flying Chip. A term used to describe a chip of unknown origin or identification of a previously unknown chip.
UNCIRCULATEDA description of the condition of a chip, token or other collectible that has no visible sign of use. Same as "NEW".
UNICORNA mold that resembles a series of running Unicorns.
UNIQUEOne of a kind. Only one known in existence.
USEDA description of the condition of a chip, token, or other collectible that has obvious signs of use. For example: rim nicks, worn hatch marks, rounded edges, etc.
WEB PAGEAn individual "page" that can be viewed with a web browser.
WEB SITEA collection of related Web Pages.
WEBTVTHINGA justifiable excuse used by some web tv users who are limited to what files they can access or images they can't open in emails or on electronic bulletin boards.
WET CHIPSAny chip which is used on a ship that sails in salt water such as a day cruise or traditional cruise lines. Not Riverboat chips.
WORNA description of the condition of a chip, token or other collectible that has some portion(s) compromised. Such as: very rounded edges, hot stamp partially or totally missing, severe fading, significant rim nicks. Unattractive through excessive use or abuse.


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