Have some Casino Night FAQs?
Planning a Casino Night is no easy feat, and there are so many things to do before the big day. Let us ease your planning woes and follow our list of FAQs related to Casino Nights.
Casino Night FAQs
The following can accommodate up to 6 people at any given time:
- Crown & Anchor
- Horse Race Wheel
- Car Race Wheel
- Jungle Race Wheel
These 2 tables can look after more:
- The Blackjack Table seats 7 plus a dealer
- The Poker Table seats 9 plus a dealer.
Well of course this will be different at every event – if you have couples coming, they may watch each other play so there might only be one participant at a Blackjack Table even though there are 2 people standing there as an example.
If it is all coworkers, then you may have more participation but this depends on the ratio of females vs males. Males typically are bigger gamblers but you just never know.
Now that we have totally confused you, we will try to help you with a number. A good rule of thumb is to try to find enough games for 60% of your people. So if you expect 100 to show, only find games that will accommodate around 60 at any given time.
CLICK HERE to see a breakdown of how many people can play a Casino Game at any given time.
Once you have figure out how Many People Can Play at My Casino Games at Once, as well as What Percentage of my Guests will actually play during my Casino Night, you are well equipped to figure out how many Casino Tables to rent.
Blackjack is always the most popular, followed by Roulette, and then Crown & Anchor. The other Casino Games are extremely popular as well, but if you are going to have multiples of games, you may want multiples of the first three mentioned here.
Here is a handy spreadsheet which will help you get started. It is broken down by game, and by how many guests you expect to attend. Then we took 60% of that number and came up with a breakdown of what you may want to consider renting. Of course, this is just a guideline – you know your people better and what they would enjoy playing. If you still need help deciding on quantities, just ask!
When you book, you make a request with us through the online booking form, and it will ask you for which games you would like a dealer. We contact our the company that supplies us with the Dealers on your behalf and ask them for a quote. We get back in touch with you with a final price, and once we get the go ahead from you, we pass on your info to our Dealers. The owner (Vince) will get in touch with you at some point, and will set up payment on his end. At this point, you two can discuss how you would like the games played. They are paid separately and Vince will provide you with their own invoice.
To help answer this common question, we went to directly to the source and have copied and pasted excerpts right from representatives of the AGCO (Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario). That way we know we are giving you the right info!
To be quite frank here, if everyone followed the AGCO’s rules perfectly, most halls would be out of business, and we would also be out of business!! We believe you just have to be creative with how you do things. Basically they do not like to see actual cash out at each game as they do not want people winning money. So if you instead sell raffle tickets at the front door as they enter, they can use these raffle tickets to “gamble” with.
They can give a raffle ticket to the person running the Golf Putt Challenge game for example vs. actual money and get a chance at it. Just like they do when you go to a town fair – you give them money, they give you game tickets and that is how you play their games. The other way around things from what we have heard, is to not give away money as a prize, but instead an actual tangible prize. If it is donated then even better!
One other important thing to note, is that they say Games of Skill are good but Games of Chance are bad. So games like Hockey Shootout, Golf Putt, Bullseye, Blackjack – this all requires skill. Other games like the Wheels are all won by chance. With that said, the Crown & Anchor is our most popular rental, so figure that one out!
A spokesperson from the AGCO was quoted in this article saying that Games of Skill are acceptable, or she suggested having an auction or to simply just charging more for tickets. She also said this:
“If you’re not eligible for a license and you run a raffle, technically it’s an illegal raffle,” Murray said. “You can’t run a raffle yourself, so you can’t run a raffle at your private event.”
So that is why it is important to ask the hall if they have a gambling license because then you are permitted to run raffles. In this article, they are quoted saying that there are 5 ways to make money at your fundraiser:
– Ticket Sales
– Silent Auctions – get prizes donated, but no liquor bottles. You can get LCBO or Beer Store gift certificates and have people write their bids down on a piece of paper. Try to get the Bride’s side bidding against the Groom’s side to increase the bid amounts
– Live Auction (same as above except with a lively auctioneer!)
– Games of Skill – not chance (putting contests, scoring contests, nailing the log, guessing how many jelly beans in a jar etc.) and then all of the funds raised through these methods go directly to the Bride and Groom
So are things clear as mud now… right?!
It can be overwhelming to understand how to run a Casino Night Fundraiser, especially if you have not done this before, or if you don’t gamble! If you are using actual money on the tables to bet with, then this section does not apply to you! If you were thinking of providing people with chips as they enter the hall, then you are in the right place.
Many people think that giving people a bunch of poker chips is an excellent idea. And in theory, it makes sense. But logistically it is a nightmare. Carrying around a bunch of chips is not easy – you can put them in your pockets, or put them in a cup and carry them around, but it is not so easy. Plus have you considered how many chips you would need to rent from us?
Let’s take an example: You have 100 people coming, and you want to give each person 30 chips to bet with. That is 3,000 chips! We rent cases of 300 chips out for $10 each, so this would cost you an extra $100 in rental fees which doesn’t seen very cost efficient. Plus what are the chances that all 3,000 chips will make its way back into the cases before being returned to us? VERY SLIM!
Instead give everyone Raffle Tickets to bet with. So when they enter, they will be given a couple arms length of tickets lets say. These are easy to carry and easy to put in your pockets. They take these tickets to the Dealers, and hand them some tickets. The dealers in turn exchange these tickets in for poker chips for them to bet with. When they are finished playing, they can either walk away (if they lost all of their poker chips), or you can exchange them back for raffle tickets.
You can even have a draw this way at the end of the night where anybody who has tickets left can put them into a Raffle Drum, and you can draw a ticket to see who the winner is.
Makes sense? We think so. So this is how we run things when you use our Dealers, and if you don’t use our Dealers, we recommend you still adopt this method.