Mashantucket, Connecticut (AP) – Foxwoods Resort Casino’s gaming chips are going high-tech.
The eastern Connecticut entertainment complex is phasing out the 49 different sets of old chips and replacing them with new discs, each embedded with tiny radio frequency computer chips and bearing individual serial numbers, according to the Norwich Bulletin.
They say that helps the casino keep tabs on the chips and cut back on counterfeiting.
„Tracking the chip gives us a better idea of customer ratings at the table and also assists in chip inventory,“ said Jackie Mason, director of casino accounting operations at Foxwoods.
Foxwoods, which bills itself the world’s largest casino, has more than 10,000 employees and is run by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe.
The 2 million new computerized chips have been implemented since the opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods last May. They have a similar design: Foxwoods on one side, and either MGM or the WPT World Poker Room logo on the other.
More commemorative chip designs are possible in the future, Mason said.
For people who’ve held on to the old gaming chips, the old discs will lose their value after Jan. 31 and become little more than collector’s items.