Are casino parties legal?
The most common question people ask when they hear about casino parties is, “Is this legal?” The answer is YES. While each state in which we operate has varying regulations for private and corporate functions, it is legal as long as you do not play with cash or for cash prizes. For fundraisers, special permits are usually required, except in Pennsylvania.
What makes it legal is that in spite of the appearance of a casino, there is no actual gambling going on. It’s all make-believe, pretend, fantasy gambling. You can bet as much as you want, lose as much as you want and win as much as you want, and you walk away with the same amount of money you started with. That’s because only play money in the form of chips is used, that has no real monetary value. And even though most people will play the games just for the fun of playing (or the education and experience they can gain), it makes the whole event more exciting if there is something to shoot for, a reward for being “number one.” That’s why for most casino parties, the host provides one or more non-cash prizes for the guests that earn the highest winnings (or chips) by the end of the event. Prizes can be elaborate, such as electronic gifts, or as simple as a free lunch at a local restaurant. The just cannot be a cash prize. If you are using gift cards, retail stores, services, and restaurants are acceptable but American Express or Visa gift cards for a cash value are not.
Unlike regular casinos, guests can be any age to play. but parent discretion/supervision is encouraged with minors.
How does a casino party work?
The term “Casino Party” is used to describe an event, where people come together to play games commonly found in casinos in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but do not actually wager money or other things of value. A casino party 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 party 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 play money in the form of a table pass. Guests then take their table pass to their favorite game table in exchange for 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.
What are some ideas for prizes?
When choosing prizes for your event finding the right product for your guests can be a challenge. 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 cards can make great prizes. You could offer restaurant gift cards, specialty retail stores cards, and the like. If you have a small dollar budget, things like movie passes, lottery tickets, baskets of cheer and car washes can make good prizes. Just remember that cash prizes are not permitted and this includes American Express and Visa gift cards for cash values. Please note we do not supply prizes for your event and leave selection entirely up to you.
How long can my guests gamble for?
We include 4 hours of playing time in our standard fee for equipment and dealers. We do not charge you for set up or take down time. Four hours of casino time is usually more than adequate, especially if your event has other activities. We will work with you to determine the best schedule for the casino portion of your event. Additional time is available but there is an additional charge beyond our standard package fees. For poker tournaments, there is no time limit. We play until the tournament has reached its conclusion with a winner.
How many gaming tables will I need for my event?
The number of gaming tables needed will depend on the number of guests in attendance and whether the casino will be the exclusive entertainment for the evening. If you are having other forms of entertainment, it is safe to calculate that about 50% of your total guests will be playing at any given time. So if you have 100 guests, you will need to select enough games to accommodate 50 guests at any given time. If the casino is the exclusive form of entertainment at your event, we suggest calculating at 75% of your total attendance. Blackjack will accommodate 7 guests, Poker – 9 guests, Craps – 15 to 20 guests, Single Roulette – 7 guests and Double Roulette – 14 guests, Big Six Wheel – 10 guests, and Slot Machines – 6 guests.
How are your dealers trained?
All of our dealers have been professionally trained. Most of them also have worked professional casinos in Atlantic City as well as Las Vegas. More importantly, they are “people friendly” and more than happy to take the time to instruct your guests, who may be new to a casino game. They are there to ensure that everyone has a great time!
Do we need to tip the dealers?
We pay our dealers very well and significantly above the industry standard. Tipping our dealers is neither required or expected.
When do you deliver, set up, breakdown and remove your equipment?
We will work with you and the venue to determine the best time to set up. Usually, we deliver and set up well before the start of your event, 2-3 hours ahead, so it’s all ready when your guests arrive. We remove our equipment when your event is over. We will confirm our arrival and delivery times with you the week of the event.
Can we just rent your equipment without any dealers, etc?
Sorry, we do not rent our equipment. Unlike our competitors, who offer this service, we do not in order to maintain a high standard for the appearance of our equipment. Our staff always comes with our equipment. You may, however, have your own staff work alongside our dealers at functions. For example, in one corporate networking party, the company had each division Vice President act as a dealer at our blackjack tables. We assigned one of our dealers to help train their staff and oversee the operation, helping when needed.
What areas do you serve?
We are based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We will service Eastern Pennsylvania, all of New Jersey, Delaware and New York City. We also provide service in the Chicago area through a reciprocal agreement.
Are casino parties legal?