The New China Club opened in Reno in 1952 by returning WWII serviceman, Bill Fong. Games like Keno, fan tan
and pai gow became very popular in this casino and eventually a “Fong Open” for Asian and black gamblers attracted
celebrity guests such as Joe Lewis and Jesse Owens.
This is my latest giant casino chip that I have painted and it is preciously guarded by my little Bella, who will nibble at your feet if you try to touch the art.
I love the vibrant yellow on this casino chip that I’ve painted. The original is from the 1960′s and has diamond molding as you can see. A little Las Vegas history. The California Club operated on Fremont Street in Las Vegas from 1946 to 1970. It was considered a “Locals” casino and did not have any hotel rooms attached to it and was owned and operated by Phil Long and his
partner George Milford. In 1970, I believe the casino became The Friendly Club then combined into the Golden Nugget shortly after its purchase by Steve Wynn.
I just poured a fresh coat of resin on this little casino chip. It looks super sharp at 24 inch diameter on solid wood. Enjoy!