Crest and Seal 100 of the SS Tango, famous gambling ship off California coast, c. 1936 - 1946
DESCRIPTION: Undoubtedly made by the USPC Co, but --like many USPC-made chips-- is not found in their chip sample-order volumes at their museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. But there is an entry for the similar 1936 no-denomination chip (see picture of that chip record page, above). Both sides of the chips are shown. Return privileges.
TONY CORNRO AND THE SS TANGO: Gambling ships began appearing in waters off Los Angeles in the late 1920s, offering card games, craps, roulette and bingo to delighted patrons and causing frustration and headaches for authorities. Tony Cornro operated the Rex (the most lavish of the gambling ships) and the Tango. Cornro had a fascinating life story (see ; and ). His family immigrated to the United States from Italy after his father lost the farm in a card game and a fire destroyed their harvest. ….Cornero died July 31, 1955, while playing craps in the Desert Inn Casino. It is suspected that his drink was poisoned by rival gangsters in the gambling business. … The SS Tango & SS Rex were anchored outside the ‘three mile limit’ off Santa Monica and Long Beach. The wealthy of Los Angeles would take water taxis out to the ships to enjoy the gambling, shows, and restaurants. The success of Anthony Cornero’s floating casinos brought outrage from California officials. Despite battles with authorities over the legality of their entering international waters, the State of California found a way to circumvent the 'three mile limit'. The state refigured the starting point of the 'three mile limit' off the coastline and determined the ships were indeed in California waters. State District Attorney Earl Warren ordered a series of raids against his gambling ships.
CONDITION: fine, used but original factory sheen, tiny scratch or two that no one would notice and doesn't come up in the pictures. Note the serrated edge, a nice plus for the chip.
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¶ Title: 1930s illegal gambling ship SS Tango 100 Crest and Seal poker casino chip
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¶ File: Tango 100, 9-13