29 May 2008
It may come as a surprise to out-of-towners that Las Vegas has more Catholic churches than casinos. Perhaps not as surprising is the fact that Sunday worshipers sometimes toss casino chips in the offering basket. Since they receive chips from so many different casinos, the Catholic churches have devised a method of collecting: they send all their chips to a nearby Franciscan monastery for sorting and the chips are then taken to the casinos and cashed in. This is done by the chip monks.