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Bellagio Drops $25K Blackjack Chips In Order to Catch Thief

After the recent robbery that occurred at the reputed Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a bandit held up a table at gunpoint and walked away with several blackjack chips in the $25,000 denomination, the casino has decided to do away with the high value chips completely. This is part of the strategy to apprehend the robber who took $1,500,000 worth of chips in denominations ranging from $100 to $25,000.

In order to profit from the chips, the bandit will have to cash them in at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Bellagio casino switched chips within an hour of the robbery, so that the stolen chips could not be exchanged, and are now issuing a new series of casino chips. This means that anyone who comes to exchange $25,000 chips will be required to undergo questioning. However, for those players who still have the old series of chips, they have until the 22nd of April to redeem them.

Alan Feldman, a spokesperson for MGM Resorts appeared to be satisfied with this new plan. “Obviously, anyone walking with one of the old series is going to be subject to a certain amount of questioning as to how they obtained them — assuming it isn’t someone we know. It’s pretty unusual for someone we don’t know to come strolling up with a handful of $25,000 chips,” he said.

This blog entry was posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 2:11 am and is filed under Blackjack News.

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