June 13th - 15th

Las Vegas' South Point Casino to host Casino Collectibles Association's 31st annual show

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The Casino Collectibles Association (CCA) has announced its 31st annual show, scheduled to take place in Exhibit Hall C at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, from June 13th to 15th, 2024. The association calls the show a "must-see for those fascinated by gaming history". 

The show will feature collectibles like gaming chips of all denominations, gaming tokens, dice, slot cards, playing cards, matchbooks, ashtrays, menus, dinnerware, swizzle sticks, casino photos, postcards, signs, and table felt among other casino-related mementos.

According to the CCA, over 50 worldwide dealers will be on hand to offer attendees the opportunity to examine, buy, sell, or trade casino collectibles.

Hosted annually by the non-profit Casino Collectibles Association, the show features the greatest single-location collection of iconic artifacts and mementos that bring casino history, and memories, to life,” the association said in a statement. “Many are symbols of past gaming grandeur that are gone or becoming rare; souvenirs from when the casinos wanted customers to pocket their branded keepsakes as reminders of a memorable experience.”

The exposition is the annual educational effort of the Casino Collectibles Association, a 501 (c)(3) club with hundreds of members who passionately share the hobby of collecting and preserving gaming’s past. Show hours are June 13th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (admission $10), June 14, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (admission $5) and June 15, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (admission is free). Admission is free every day for First Responders, Active Military, and all casino employees with appropriate ID. 

Show to feature four free gaming history seminars

The CCA says that the registered show attendees can join four free educational seminars that run concurrently with the show. These seminars are located across the hall from the expo in the Joshua Room of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

  • History of the Sands—its construction, operation, expansion, highlights, and demise

Presented by Dr. David G. Schwartz, author of At the Sands: The History of a Las Vegas Strip Icon. He is a gaming historian, and a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches several classes including casino history. Schwartz was recently featured in CNN’s “Vegas: The Story of Sin City.” Thursday, June 13th at 8:00 AM.

  • The Dunes Hotel; the Mob, the Connections, and the Stories

Presented by Geno Munari, author of the book by the same name, the only book about the famous Las Vegas landmark casino. His work resume includes several iconic Vegas casinos, a stint as a casino operator, and an adjunct professor of casino operations at UNLV. Thursday, June 13th at 3:00 PM.

  • New Horizons—Preserving Gaming History with Podcasts

Presented by Rene Contreras, host of the Side Bet Podcast. He will outline his journey into the hobby of chip-collecting and how it led him to focus on a new way and a new platform for sharing and preserving gaming history. Friday, June 14th at 8:00 AM.

  • Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930 – 1955.

Presented by Lynn M. Zook, noted Las Vegas historian and author of the book by the same name, the seminar will cover iconic Strip casinos such as the El Rancho Vegas, Flamingo, Thunderbird, Desert, Sands, Riveria, Royal Nevada, and the Dunes. She was recently featured in CNN’s “Vegas: The Story of Sin City.” Friday, June 15th at 3:00 PM.

The expo will also feature a celebrity meet-and-greet gaming education series.
In attendance this year will be Mark Hall-Patton, retired Museum Administrator for the Clark County Museum who played a cameo role verifying historical items in over 200 episodes of “Pawn Stars;” and Susie Isaacs, legendary poker pro who finished in the money in a record-setting six World Series of Poker (WSOP) ladies‘ events. 

Additionally, registered attendees on Thursday, June 13th can review and bid on 200 auction lots of casino chips and other casino memorabilia. A live auction will be conducted that evening at 7:00 PM in Exhibit Hall D at South Point. The auction will be open to the public. 

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