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"LYRE" INLAID POKER CHIPS RENTED AS PROPS FOR "PLAYBOY MAGAZINE" PHOTO
SHOOT OF HEATHER CHRISTENSEN.
About a year ago I got a call from Playboy
magazine to rent them a poker chip set to be used as a prop in a photo
shoot, so I sent it off to Chicago. It was used in the shoot and
returned, but it looked like the pictures wouldn't be accepted for the
magazine. Just now (Nov. 2003), to my delight and surprise, I received
a copy of the June 2003 French edition Playboy in the mail. The note accompanying
it said that "Hef" rejected the pictures for the American edition, but
they were finally used in the French edition (at least they do something
right). Nice to know we have a very useful hobby.
June 2003 French edition of "Playboy."
Heather's lying on a poker table.
Those are my "Lyre" poker chips. I have over 1000 of them in
a faro rack.
That's my rack in the lower right of the picture.
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|On the subject of naked women,
here are three interesting and rare actual 1999 casino chips from the major
Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino, The Riviera.
Casino executives at the Riviera decided to mint special chips to honor
the planned appearances of adult film stars Nikki Tyler, Jenna Jameson and
Heather Hunter. The three were scheduled to star in the Riviera's X-rated
"Crazy Girls Fantasy Revue" during the Comdex convention in 1999. (COMDEX
[Computer Dealer's Exhibition] was a computer expo held in Las Vegas each
November from 1979 to 2003. It was one of the largest computer trade shows
in the world. COMDEX attendees were known for enjoying raunchy entertainmnet.)
The Riviera got permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (all
casino chips in Nevada must be approved) to issue these limited edition
$5.00 chips -- 1500 chips of each girl. Objections were
soon forthcoming. The Gaming Control Board ordered the Riviera to
destroy the chips. A spokesman for the Board said, "At first we figured
they were just part of their staff. We were not aware that they were porno
girls. When we were told they weren't employees, we contacted the Riviera.
There have been quite often pictures of showgirls and employees printed
on chips. We thought this was something similar to that. We believe this
is not the sort of thing that's good for gaming's image." Under 200
of each chip is estimated to exist. They are worth at least $100 each.
|1945 Actresses Play Strip Poker for
Charity -- WWII Photo -- This went for about $50 on eBay in March
2009. I came in second. Miller and Foch were major stars, Anker
so-so but was a hit in sci-fi films, and the other two were largely unknown.
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