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The owners of a Las Vegas casino are serving notice to a thief who made off with $1.5m in chips that the most valuable ones will become worthless unless they are redeemed soon.

The Bellagio's owner, MGM Resorts International, gave public notice that it is discontinuing its standard chip valued at $25,000 (£16,100) and called for all gamblers to redeem them by 22 April.

After that, gambling regulators say each red chip with a gray inlay will be worth no more than the plastic it is cast from.

"The bottom line is that they're not money," said David Salas, deputy enforcement chief for the Nevada gaming control board.

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MGM Resorts first posted notice of the redemption last week in the classified section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, a week after a robber wearing a motorcycle helmet held up a craps table at gunpoint and made off with a bag of chips of varying denominations on 14 ecember.

Police and casino officials have been keeping watch on anyone trying to cash in the chips, which ranged in denomination from $100 to $25,000.

A police spokeswoman said yesterday that there had been no significant developments.

MGM Resorts' Alan Feldman said the chips were switched out at the tables within an hour of the robbery, and the Bellagio immediately filed to discontinue the chips.

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Feldman said the move was designed to avoid inconveniencing players using the high-value chips. He said he did not know how many chips existed and remained uncashed.

"Obviously, anyone walking with one of the old series is going to be subject to a certain amount of questioning as to how they obtained them – assuming it isn't someone we know," Feldman said. "It's pretty unusual for someone we don't know to come strolling up with a handful of $25,000 chips."

Discontinuing chips – though done in this case because of the robbery – is not uncommon for Las Vegas casinos, even at such high denominations, Salas said.

Commemorative chips to mark a noteworthy prizefight, for example, often have a finite circulation. Yesterday, the Silver Nugget Casino in north Las Vegas posted notice it planned to discontinue chips with the Mahoney's Silver Nugget logo.

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It is not immediately clear how many of the chips that were stolen were $25,000 chips, though it could be as many as 60.

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