That's fair. I suppose I'm responding more to the tone of the conversation back when dice were prohibited than to tokens themselves. One of the big arguments they made, for instance, was that dice are easy to tip over, which was a bad argument on a number of levels, not least being the implication that people do that constantly and that's the only reason to use dice. Sorry for elevating Onion01 to straw-man status. (And sure, there will always be some people who care about winning nothing at any cost.)
At the same time, though, the phrase "competitive advantage" carries a suggestion of subterfuge, even if used in a benign manner. Are there tricks that one could use to eke out a few percentage points? Well, sure. Could tokens be used in that manner? Maybe. I guess I'm just not sure what Onion wants to hear other than a verbal shrug if his question doesn't have a subtext. It's a very thin semantic line between "the pros do these things and win" and "the pros win because they do these things."