Can you cash in casino chips anywhere?
So you’ve been to a casino and have won some chips. You want to cash them in, but not necessarily in the casino where you got them. What do you do?
It seems like it would be easy to take your winnings from one casino and spend them at another; simply present your chips from the first casino and get paid in chips from the second casino. After all, it’s your money!
But it turns out that several casinos have rules against cashing in chips from one location at another – even if the same company owns them. This may seem like an arbitrary distinction and a bit unfair, but there are good reasons for these policies. In many cases, a casino may have specific chip-redemption policies that vary from location to location.
For example, one set of rules may exist for the casino in Atlantic City, while another one in Las Vegas. The reason is that not all games are run the same way in each venue; while an ace and a queen of spades may both be “blackjack” in Atlantic City, they’re considered separate games in Las Vegas.
How can I cash chips at multiple casinos?
To cash in those chips, you’ll have to check the specific policies for each casino. This is usually outlined on a table in the back of the casino or available online if you’re looking at casinos owned by a single company. If it’s not explicitly spelled out that you can take your winnings from one casino and spend them elsewhere, you’re probably better off spending your winnings at the casino where they came from.
However, some casinos may allow you to cash in chips at any of their locations. This is usually for people who have amassed large quantities of chips; it’s not very practical to carry around hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of casino tokens, even if they are only face value. So there are rules put into place to make this easier.
For instance, you may be allowed to cash in chips from one casino at any location owned by the same company. Any original value associated with the tokens will be honoured; this means that if you won $100 worth of chips and walked into a different property that is part of the same gambling establishment, you’ll be able to turn those chips into $100 of credit.
If you won $300 in chips, you could turn your winnings into $300 in cash or tokens. If the company has locations in several states or countries, this is a handy way to simplify things if you moved away from home with some leftover casino swag. This information should also be available on the casino’s website.
The other option is for you to cash in your chips at their original location and then have one of the casino staff members carry them for you (if they’re small enough) or ship them to another casino in an armoured car. This will take more time to process, but it may be an excellent way to ensure that your winnings from multiple casinos and properties get back to one location.
It’s often a good idea to familiarise yourself with specific policies before you travel or plan a vacation, especially if you’re planning on bringing home some winnings. Several companies run bus tours of multiple casinos; they may allow you to redeem chips at one location and then cash in your winnings for cash or tokens at the next destination. This is also a good way to avoid lugging around lots of loose casino chips; while you can exchange them one-for-one with gaming staff, having someone else handle the transport probably makes more sense.
Finally, if part of your winnings come in the form of tickets or vouchers, try to redeem them at their original casino. Many locations have specific expiration dates for these items, so if you take them somewhere else – even if it’s part of the same company – there’s a chance that you’ll lose out on those winnings before they can be put towards food, shows, drinks or other.
Local casinos are not accepting my chips
If you want to go and gamble at a different casino, but they don’t accept your chips from where you’re coming from (even if the same company owns it), then just take your chips home with you instead of going to the casino. In many cases, you can cash in chips at a different location, but it’s not necessary to do so – although it may be fun if you just want to take your chips and play with them somewhere else!
If you’re playing with your own money, then it’s generally not allowed. But in some cases, one casino may have a deal with another to exchange chips from each other; for example, if you win at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and want to cash them in at Horseshoe in Las Vegas. In this case, contact the casino where you want to cash them in, and they’ll tell you if it’s possible. If not, rest assured that there are plenty of other casinos that will be happy to take your chips off your hands!