ANTE UP: The Collection of Robert Eisenstadt

We welcome you to take part in Ante Up, the auction of the Robert Eisenstadt's incredible collection. The auction takes place on January 30, 2021 at 10:00AM CT. You can visit the auction website by clicking here.

You can also view the collection that is up for auction as a PDF.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Joseph Slabaugh (, 773-472-1442) at Potter & Potter Auctions.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Eisenstadt 1942 - 2020

On June 5, 2020, Robert Eisenstadt died peacefully at home, in the loving presence of his sister Nancy and his sister's family. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved and appreciated him. If you would like to leave a story about Robert, write a message, or read what others have written, please click here.

He took pride in his collection and loved sharing it with fellow enthusiasts; please have a look and enjoy.

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Robert Eisenstadt's
Antique Gambling Chips &  Gambling Memorabilia Web Site


(Incidentally, I have other web pages featuring dice:  poker dice and other dice )


catalin poker dice -- in "pictures"

These were probably made in the 1920's-30's.  I am told that they came with a large plain unmarked leather dice cup.

doub cube1 doub cube 2

This is something I bet you don't see too often.  It must be a "doubling cube" for a form of backgammon.  It is 3" across  and 1-1/2" thick.  There are 8 sides; 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256.  Most doubling cubes I have seen are on 6-sided dice.  The one I have above is 8-sided, so it must make for a more expensive game.  Michael Solinas, who saw this web page, emailed me as to how the doubling cubes are used.  He said:  

"Say we're playing backgammon for $5 for a game (keeps it simple).
Most likely you pay something like 10 cents a point, so the amount I
beat you by matters.  For simplicity, say we're just playing one game
for $5.  Initially, the doubling cube is right in the center of the
board - where either of us can use it.

Say I get ahead of you, and think I will win.  I'll pick up the cube,
set it so the "2" is uppermost, and offer it to you.  If you decline
it, I win right there.  If you accept, you've accepted an offer to
double the stakes.  Now we're playing for $10.  You have possession of
the cube, so I can't use it now.

Say things turn around again, and you get in a better position.  Since
you possess the cube, you can double it again to "4".  My options are
quit now, and pay you $10 (the $5 doubled) or to accept it, making us
play for 4 times the original bet.  $20.

It can get interesting.  By the time that 256 comes up, our $5 game is
for $1,280.  Only it probably won't get that high.  Accepting double
the stakes when you are at a disadvantage isn't done lightly."

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