How do I Choose the Right Games?

Obviously we are a bit biased when we suggest that you have games, but the games serve a dual purpose as it provides entertainment but it also generates money for you too.  We put together a few packages for you that are fantastic for Fundraisers.  If you are having a Stag & Doe, please check out our Packages for that, as there are great savings here!

When you are choosing your games, keep in mind that you may want to introduce different games throughout the night to keep it interesting, rather than doing them all at the same time all night. As an example, when guests arrive they may do one round of each game and then sit at a table for the night. But if you keep bringing out new games and get people excited about new tournaments or prizes to win, they will be more likely to keep getting back off their comfortable chair!

Pick enough games that will keep your guests entertained all night, not just for half an hour. This is hard to remember because the idea of making lots of money may keep getting in the way, but the real purpose of the night is to entertain your guests and celebrate the whole reason you are throwing a Fundraiser. If you remember this and provide your guests with great entertainment all night long, the profits will just come.

When it comes to deciding WHICH games will work, just ask yourself what you would enjoy playing if at a Fundraiser.  You know your crowd best, so pick games that you think they will enjoy – pick some that are more popular with the ladies, and a few for the men.  Have a good mix so that you appeal to everyone, so that means some that are super challenging, and some that are no brainers.  Have a good variety and you will be set.  Ask us for help if you don’t know where to start.

How do I book Dealers?

How do i book Dealers

You might be wondering – How do I Book Dealers? When you book online with us, it will specifically ask you if you would like our Dealers. It will ask you which hours you want them there for, how many hours you need them, which games you want them for, and which city your event is taking place in. That is all the information that is required at the time of booking.

Jack of all Spades will, on your behalf, contact the company that we subcontract our Dealers from, and provide them with all the information that you provided. That company will forward us a price and we will forward that onto you, for you to decide if you would like to proceed. If you give us the go-ahead, we will contact the the Owner of the Dealing company (Vince) and he will set up payment with you on his end.  At this point, you two can discuss how you would like the games played, if there are any raffles, and how the poker chip structure or raffle ticket structure will look like. Don’t have any clue how to run a Casino Night for profit, or just for entertainment? Don’t worry! His company is fabulous and he will guide you through every step till you are comfortable.  The Dealer portion is paid separately and Vince will provide you with his own invoice.

If after receiving the price back from Jack of all Spades, you decide that you are not going to book the dealers, that is just fine with us. No harm done. You are welcome to Email Us us for a quote before booking your games if that makes you feel more comfortable.

What Percentage of Guests will Gamble?

What Percentage of Guests will Gamble

Well of course it can be hard to predict what Percentage of Guests will Gamble during a Casino Night.  You see, 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 that is not to discredit the females.  Certain games attract certain genders too.

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 40% of your people.  So if you expect 100 to show, only find games that will accommodate around 40 at any given time.

Lucky for you, we have put together a spreadsheet that breaks down our recommendations based on the number of people you expect to come, and based on that 40% figure.  Aren’t we kind?!  CLICK HERE to see a breakdown of how many people can play a Casino Game at any given time.

How Many People each Casino Table Accommodates

How many people each Casino Table Accommodates

It helps to be able to understand How Many People each Casino Table Accommodates so that you can do your planning properly and have the right amount of tables. You don’t want too many because it is a sad party when the room looks empty, but you also don’t want too few because not everyone will get a turn. People might not feel like waiting in line to play, and will just give up. Below we have a list of our Casino Games so that you can judge how many people will be able to play at any given time.

The following can accommodate up to 6 people at any given time:

  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Crown & Anchor
  • Horse Race Wheel
  • Car Race Wheel
  • Jungle Race Wheel

These Casino Tables can look after more:

  • The Blackjack Table seats 7 plus a dealer
  • The Poker Table seats 9 plus a dealer.

Now that you have this info, it should help guide you in choosing the appropriate amount of games suitable to the size of your party, and it should answer your main question of how many people each Casino Table accommodates.

How to Avoid Breaking Even on a Game?

How to Avoid Breaking Even on a Game

We have tons of tips for you to consider so that you know How to Avoid Breaking Even on a Game. Keep in mind however, that there are many variables involved when trying to maximize your profits and your success is dependent upon so many things! So although we cannot guarantee success on raising money for any of our games, we definitely have some excellent tips on how to avoid disappointment.

Your Success Depends on:

  • How well organized you are (if you are forgetting lots of things and are running around last minute, that will not make for a smooth event and you could be losing out of the effectiveness of games)
  • How well you pump up the excitement about the games (whether you advertised on your Facebook page ahead of time the games that will be there, how much the DJ talks up a game on the mic, etc.)
  • If you had someone manning the game the whole night (we have been to Fundraisers where they had all of our games lined up, but only one person watching over them… IF they were there.  So we walked up to a game to play, but nobody was there to take our money so we walked away)
  • You didn’t choose games like Roulette or Craps – although these are fantastic fun games for a Casino Night, you cannot run them in a way to guarantee yourself a profit.  In games like Blackjack and Poker, you can run it to guarantee yourself a profit, so keep that in mind.
  • How well you advertised the games around the room (be sure to rent our Signs as they stand out and explain the price and prize efficiently)
  • Who you have chosen to run the games (pick fun outgoing people who are happy to help.  Not your quiet sister who sits on a chair not making eye contact with anyone and giving off bad vibes)
  • If your helpers are quick with counting (honestly, sometimes these helpers are either too drunk or not super good at math and end up giving away your profits without realizing it)
  • If your helpers are sober and on the ball (so they might have one or two, but if they are hammered at your Event, don’t expect too much from them in terms of reliability and efficiency)
  • Where you set up your games (don’t pick dark places are in the back corner, but put them in people’s faces.  For instance some people like to set up the Jail & Bail game right in the middle of the room, rather than against a wall)
  • Average age group of your guests (young 20 year olds may not have as much disposable income as 40 year olds so they will spend different amounts.  The younger crowd might be more willing to spend money on drinks, where the older crowd would be a mixture of games and drinks.  Seniors typically do not drop hundreds while at these events either, as they are known to be more conservative spenders.  Also if you are the first person to get married in your friends group if this is a Stag & Doe, your friends won’t get it yet.  They won’t understand that the point is to make you money and they are expected to play some games)
  • How many games you have (you don’t want too many or too little)
  • How much variety of games you are offering (don’t rent 3 types of Golf games – have some variety to suit all tastes and skill levels)
  • How much you are charging for your games (too high, and nobody will play.  Too low and you are losing out on profits)
  • What the prizes are if they win (make it worth their while but don’t be reckless and spend thousands on prizes as you should aim to get them mostly donated)
  • What else you may be focusing on (entertainment, DJ, dancing, silent auctions, etc.)
  • Number of people in attendance (having 50 people show compared to 300 people show is a large difference!)

So take these into consideration and have a good plan in place to avoid all of these, and maximize your profits!

Are your Prices Negotiable?

Are your Prices Negotiable

Our prices are firm because we go to great lengths in staying competitive with our pricing.  We regularly execute market research to compare our prices to ensure we are in line with others in the same industry.  We even have surveys that pop up on our website from time to time asking people what they think about our prices.  88% of people surveyed, continue to tell us that our prices are acceptable and are competitive. If you are from the Toronto region, you may think that you have died and have gone to heaven because our prices are pennies compared to Toronto pricing!

Plus we offer a ton of Packages and other ways to get discounts, which is just another way we keep our customers happy with the value that they receive.

Our advice is… if you find other companies that have a lower rental cost, just remember the age old saying – You get what you pay for! We have found that other rental companies continue to rent out equipment well past their expiry date, and do not have any sort of maintenance schedule to keep on top of damage.

If you don’t care that the crown and anchor wheel is wobbly, worn down, has tears on the face of the wheel when people have ripped their signs off with packing tape, and that all the bearings are worn out – then be our guest and rent with them.  But if you want quality games that won’t let you down and will make your event step up a notch in sophistication, then you know who to call, and it isn’t the Ghost Busters!

What if a Game Doesn’t Work?

What if a Game Doesn't Work

Ok, so this picture of a broken chair is not part of our inventory, but we thought that the pic went well with this page 😉

If a Game doesn’t work, we will make it right. We go to great lengths to make sure that all of our equipment is in working order before it gets to you. We inspect and clean every item after a customer has finished with it.

After you have received your items, have a good inspection of all parts.  It is best to point this out before you even load it into your car, but we know you may be distracted with the actual event planning and not even notice.

If you notice anything later on while setting your games up, it is best to give us a call asap and send a pic of whatever you have found. Or even FaceTime us if you have an iPhone by CALLING US to show us in action, so that we may help you get it working.  It is a rental company after all, and people are rough with our items, so our games are bound to need repairs from time to time.  It is possible we may already know about the issue and have a work around, or perhaps it happened to you while in transit.

Either way, it is definitely best to call us asap rather than wait until you bring it back 3 days later to tell us that you did not even use it.  There is nothing we can do for you at this point, and there will not a refund if you did not allow us to try and resolve the problem for you.

If after helping you over the phone we were not able to fix your problem, we will wherever possible offer to substitute it with something else that is comparable for you, and you can come and make the switch.  In some cases, we may offer you a refund, but that is up to our discretion if we think that you were the one that actually caused the damage, and the game left our showroom in working condition.

Probably won’t ever be an issue, so do not let this worry you, but we put it here just in case!

How Much Profit can I Make from Games?

How Much Profit can I make from Games

Go to the search bar and type in your game which will take you to the specific Product Page for that game.  Look for the tab called “How to Profit” and there you will find all the info required to make it a success! In this section it will tell you how to run the games in order to make a profit and what to charge your guests.  

Or you can visit our GAME RENTAL SIGNS page, and this will give you a quick idea as to how to run your game and make a Profit on Games. Alternatively, once you book, you will given an email that will detail your order. Under each item, will be these very same links to help you make a profit.

If you want a number, we cannot give you one simply because there are so many factors that go into your success! With that said, we can give you some ideas on how NOT to break even, and how to maximize your profits instead. Make sure to visit THIS PAGE for those tips. But if you want individual tips by game, follow our instructions at the top of this page.

How Many Casino Tables to Rent?

how many casino tables to rent

Once you have looked into how Many People each Casino Table Accommodates, as well as What Percentage of Guests will Gamble, you are well equipped to figure out how many Casino Tables to rent. Lucky for you, we have put together a handy spreadsheet where all you have to do is look at how many people will be in attendance, and it will dictate our suggestions on which tables to rent, and how many of each. Smart huh?!

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 super convenient and dummy proof 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 40% 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!

CLICK HERE to print the table that you see below OR to see a larger version of it.  

How Many Casino Tables to Rent

If you like our suggestions on How Many Casino Tables to Rent, and are ready to book, then head over to our CASINO NIGHT PACKAGES to make sure you get some discounts on your Casino Night!

How Many Games Should I Rent?

How many games should i rent

This is a tricky question, and not one we can answer in just a sentence or two. The question we always get is: How many Games Should I Rent? This depends on 4 things when we break it down:

  • The Crowd
  • The Logistics of the Night
  • How Long your Event is
  • The Number of Guests

The Crowd

    • Think about who is coming, and what they would enjoy. Also think about how much they will be willing to spend, as games like Blackjack, Roulette and Poker require some more cash than a game like Hockey Shootout. Some people are all about gambling at Casino Tables, whereas others just like the easy games that do not require much thinking or know-how. Have a good mix.

 

The Logistics of the Night

    • Think about when you are serving food, and what other surprises you have planned for your guests and try to make the evening flow nicely. Make sure to create a schedule.
    • We suggest that you continually bring out new games throughout the night to raise excitement and anticipation. Calculate how many hours you expect people to stay, how often you want to bring out more games, and you have got your number.
    • If you have a ton of games, keep some out the whole night, and others bring out slowly.  So perhaps the Jail & Bail and Crown & Anchor is out the whole time, but bring out the Bra Pong from 9-10 and the Punch a Bunch from 11-12 as an example.  
    • Make sure to advertise and really talk it up that those games (with the help from your DJ) and tell people that it will only be out for certain times.
    • Just don’t bring out everything all at once.  As the excitement dies down and people leave.

 

How Long your Event is

    • If you only have the hall for 3 hours, don’t cram it with activities as it is too much for people to digest
    • You want variety but you don’t have anyone to feel overwhelmed by the amount of action happening, as they need some quiet and downtime
    • If you have the hall for longer, then gradually bring things out to generate interest over a longer period of time

 

The Number of Guests

    • This is purely for illustration purposes and it is just a suggestion, but here are some good guidelines:
      • 50-100 people: 3-4 games
      • 100-200 people: 4-5 games
      • 200-300 people: 5-6 games
      • 300 or more: 6+ games
    • Note that the number of games suggested above, can include toonie toss and other smaller games, so by no means are we suggesting that you rent 6 games off of us.  Most people tend to rent 3-4 from us as they might have a Pie in the Face, Guess the Bottle Caps in a jar, etc.
    • You just don’t want people to be bored, but you also don’t want too many options.  The more options you have, the more people you need to help run them!