5 unbelievable pieces of gambling memorabilia

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paulfrasercollectibles

2015-06-26 14:03:48

Check out these 5 unbelievable pieces of gambling memorabilia

Image: Showtime Auctions

5. Cheater's table

Made by New York based manufacturer Harris & Co during the early 20th century, this table is designed for gambling.

Unbeknownst to all except its owner, it features two electromagnets in the drawers beneath - allowing for the use of loaded dice and other nefarious tools.

It sold for $8,000 at Showtime Auctions in Michigan in 2012.

4. Gamblers rings

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Image: Showtime Auction Services

This pair of gamblers rings are designed to get the wearer out of sticky situations. Each features a six shot barrel that can be loaded with 4mm or 2mm pin fire ammunition.

This set features two variants, "La Petit Protector" and the "Femme Fatale" and sold for $13,000 at Showtime Auction Services in 2009.

3. Ivory poker chip set

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Image: Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction

This ivory chip poker set dates back to the turn of the century and was used in one of Denver's many gambling halls where, during the heady days of the gold rush, fortunes were made and lost around the poker table.

The set sold for $22,000 at Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction in 2008.

2. Desert Inn $25 chip

The Desert Inn operated on the famous Las Vegas strip between 1950 and 2000 and was considered among the best casinos of its day.

Very few chips from the establishment's golden era have survived to the present day, of which this specimen is among the finest.

It sold for $31,250 at Heritage Auctions last year.

1. Caille slot machine

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Image: VCA

This ultra rare Caille triple upright slot machine produced in the early 1900s sold for $149,600 at VCA back in 2010.

Caille were renowned for their craftsmanship, with this model displaying superb gilt engraving.

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