Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a casino themed event?
A. A casino themed event is where people come together to play games commonly found in casinos in Las Vegas, but do not actually wager money or other things of value. A casino themed event may be held as a fund-raising activity for a non-profit organization, or it may be a private celebration held by an individual, group or employer. The major difference between the two is that those who attend a fund-raising casino party are usually asked to make a donation for admission to the event, whereas those who attend a private casino themed event are usually simply invited to come and have fun. At either event, guests arrive to find a variety of casino games available for their amusement. Guests are usually given a fixed amount of Audience Pleasers play money, which is cashed at the tables. Guests then take their play money to their favorite game table in exchange for value (ex: $25.00, $100.00 & $500.00 chips) and try to win as much as they can during the course of the evening. At the end of the evening, the guests turn in their chips for raffle tickets. Prizes can be raffled off, or an auction can be held, and guests can bid on prizes with their raffle tickets. Or, each dealer can cash-in your guests and record the winning amounts of each player where the top prize winners can be determined by the host and prizes awarded.
A. Consider the following criteria when picking your prizes: The item should be of high quality so that it reflects positively on your event. It should be something that the majority of your guest would want. Its brand name should be recognizable in a positive way. Gift certificates can make great prizes. You could offer restaurant certificates; specialty retail stores certificates, American Express gift checks and the like. If you have a small dollar budget, things like movie passes, lottery tickets, Blockbuster video rentals and car washes can make good prizes. The latest electronic equipment makes great prizes. Today’s hot products in electronics are: iPods, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, DVD Players; Digital Cameras; Video Game units (Xbox); Electronic Organizers (Palm Pilot or Visor).
Q. How many tables and dealers do I need for a party of 50? 100? 200
A. We’ll help you determine what you need. It varies by the type of party, the length of time and who is attending. For instance, if all your guests are gamblers, and gambling is the only activity, then you’ll need more tables than if you know that only about half the guests will gamble at any one time.
Q. How long do I book you for?
A. 4 hours is included in our standard fees for equipment and dealers. This is usually adequate, especially if your party has other activities such as an awards program, presentations, a roast, etc. We have no set limit; it’s up to you!
Q. What hours should I plan on
A. Typically a party starts around 5 pm with a social hour; food is served around 7 pm; gambling from 7-10 pm; and then music and dancing until it is over. We are flexible and will arrange any time of the day of the evening for your party.
Q. What is the best day?
A. Most parties are held Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. But we’re ready 7 days a wee, 24 hours a day!
Q. When do you deliver, set up, breakdown and remove your equipment?
A. We work with the facility where your party is held. Usually, we deliver and set up in the afternoon (3 hours before the party starts), so it’s all ready when your guests arrive. When the gambling is over, we break down the casino and leave quietly, so your party continues uninterrupted.
Q. Can I rent just one or two tables?
Q. Do I have to use your dealers?
A. No. Many fundraising parties have volunteers to deal Blackjack. Remember, though this is a party atmosphere, your volunteer dealers are working and not playing. We often see the host save a few dollars by relying on guests to deal, only to find the guests would rather play than work. You must use our dealers for Craps and for Roulette.
Q. How is the money handled?
A. We do not handle any real money at the party. Instead we bring play money, chips and drawing tickers to use at the tables. If you are selling raffle tickets, drink tickets, dinner tickets, etc. to your guest, that is up to you.
Q. What areas do you serve?
A. Most of the NJ, NY, CT and PA area up to two hours outside of NYC in each direction. Call us with special requests, we love to travel.
Q. Do you have insurance?
A. Yes, we have a million dollar insurance policy, to which you can be added as an additional insured for the period of your party at no extra charge. Our insurance is through CNA, recognized as the best in our business.
Q. How early should I request a quote?
A. Yes, our business is extremely date driven. Many people/groups like to hold large casino parties on the same popular night sometimes with identical start times! It is in your best interest to book with us early especially during the prime party months.
Q. Do you have slot machines?
A. Yes, we have fully electronic push button types that accept tokens.
Q.Are you capable of providing dealer training for a fundraiser?
A. Yes, we have experienced multi game capable training staff, with specific training experience.
Q. Can I rent tables, accessories and provide my own dealers?
A. Yes, and if it is a fundraiser you must comply with local permit requirements and state laws.
Q. Is a quotation a commitment to provide equipment to our event?
A. No, a deposit and a signed contract is your assurance that your date, our equipment and our dealers are committed to your event.
Q. Can you supply a DJ/MC?
A. Yes, in fact it is preferable that you utilize our DJ/MC as they are used to the special needs of a casino party environment. Especially in handling the close out of the gaming portion of your event.
Q. Is this legal?
A. Casino Special Event puts on plenty of casino parties every year. As a matter of fact, casino parties have been going on since 1945. All parties are for entertainment purposes and games are not "banked". In other words, your guests cannot play with real money. If your plan is to bank one or more games at your casino party, then no, it wouldn't be legal.
Q. Do I tip the dealers?
A. The dealers at your casino party are service people just like waiters and bellhops. They provide a service for you just as they would in an actual casino and tipping is generally based on the level of that service. Unlike an actual casino, the chips have no cash value and therefore players cannot use them to tip dealers. It becomes the responsibility of the host, just as at a large dinner party at a restaurant, to tip the dealers. Tips in the amount of $25-$50 per dealer are common. We don’t like to impose a tip to our customers. Some of our competition will put a gratuity on the bill and keep it for themselves. This is rampant through the event industry. If you can, you should ask the company you are hiring if you can tip the dealers directly.
Q. Can I rent equipment without dealers?
A. Of Course! As a matter of fact, if you are conducting a fundraiser, you can’t hire professional dealers.
Q. What if I want a longer party?
A. Our standard and holiday rates include dealers for 4 hours. For most parties where you are raffling or auctioning prizes at the end, we find this to be a sufficient amount of time. For the "hardcore" players you may want to go longer: We charge 25% of initial per hour overtime.
Q. What is your booking policy?
A. We require a 50% down payment (of the total party cost) to reserve your date. The other 50% is paid when the party is finished. We have a 10% Cancellation fee
Q. Do the party guests need to be 21?
A. Only on fundraisers, otherwise party guests can be of any age for any other events.
Q.Can you provide us with full party planning services?
A. Of course! We can provide you with everything you need to please your guests, with very little effort on your part. Let us know what you want, and we'll do the rest!