Important Steps to Follow in Hiring a Casino Party Company For Your Next Casino Fundraiser

7 important casino fundraiser steps and pitfalls to understand when planning your next casino fundraiser.

Having been in the casino party and planning business for many years I have heard from customers some very sad stories of what occurred at their casino fundraiser and I would like to pass to you the 7 steps you must follow to ensure you have a successful casino fundraiser and hire the BEST casino party company for your event.

Step 1. The planning committee. This is the most important step in your planning and you must assign a person to each of the specific tasks that must be accomplished for your event, which include the Law and getting the appropriate licenses, finding the location and catering for the event, getting sponsors to help with the costs, getting gifts donated, finding the correct casino company, and who will be handling the money. It is impossible for one person to handle all of the above items. The only successful way is to have one person responsible for each item, leave them alone to perform the task, but having them report their progress every so often to the person assigned in charge for the event. You will need plenty of time to accomplish all the tasks I a good time frame to start is 4-6 months before the event date.

Step 2. The Law and obtaining your fundraiser license and township permission. Always remember that gambling is illegal, and having casino games at your fundraiser is gambling. This is important because a casino fundraiser is not the same as holding a car wash to raise funds. Because gambling is illegal there are state authorities in charge of stopping illegal gambling which means your casino fundraiser will fall under an exception to the gambling laws. Let’s take New Jersey as an example. The state agency ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control)is responsible to find and prevent illegal gambling, unfortunately their own handbook does not say illegal gambling, or exceptions to the gambling laws, it only says gambling, and there has been an occasion where one of their investigators attempted to stop a casino fundraiser claiming it was gambling. The situation was resolved before the event date because of the second point I want you to remember. Even though your casino fundraiser is gambling and gambling is illegal, you fall under an exception to the gambling laws by state statute. In New Jersey the state legislature created a statute to allow casino gambling and created the Casino Control Commission to oversee the activity, they also created a statute to allow casino fundraisers and created the legalized Games of Chance Control Commission to oversee casino fundraisers. The point I want you take from all this would be to make your casino fundraiser legal, you must understand the law and get the proper licenses and township permission for the event. Just because you are a 501(c)3 non profit organization and used to having a car wash to raise funds doesn’t mean you can have a casino fundraiser simply because it sounds like a good idea. So at this point you should understand it is a good idea to call your states Office of the Attorney General to find out the laws in your state to have a casino fundraiser.

Step 3. The Best casino company. The licensing requirements needed for you state may also require the casino company to be licensed. There have been occasions in New Jersey where a non profit organization called a casino party company and neither of the parties knew the laws resulting in the event being stopped and fines. Each state is different and in New Jersey the casino company and all the dealers must have a casino fundraiser license. So the important point here is to first learn the requirement on your own by calling the state authorities, then you start calling the casino companies and ask them what is required to have a casino fundraiser. A good casino party company will ask you if you have your license and be able to email you the forms needed to obtain the license. They should guide you through all aspects to obtaining your license and getting the township permission. If they do not assist you or explain the rules then they may not understand them and that could be a disaster waiting to happen.

Step 4. Who is really doing your event? Understand there are casino party companies who advertise locally and some who do it nationally. In my experience the local companies are the best for you because the national companies may not know the laws for you state. Even worse is the national companies will not be doing your event. What they do is call the local companies, get a quote from them and add hundreds of dollars to the bill just for answering your phone call, and the local company is who will be doing your event and they will have given you a quote that is less than the national company. As you look at each company you will see some that have photographs of movie stars and people having fun in a casino on the front page of their website. Forget all that material designed to attract you because it is not important. When you receive price quotes from the casino party companies you may get 3 or 4 that are in the same general range and 1 or 2 that are much higher than the others. Let’s give an example and say you received quotes for $1000, $1100, $1200 and $2000. It doesn’t make any sense that 3 quotes were in the same range and one quote was much higher and that is because the very high quote is from a national company who will not do your event because they are going to call the local company who gave you the lower quote in the first place, then add the extra money to the bill.

Step 5. The casino tables. There is a general rule to follow which is you want approximately 70 percent of you guests to be able to play. You can modify this rule, but I would not go below 50 percent able to play. The casino company should advise you on this. They should also stay in constant contact with you in the week leading up to the event to revise the tables if needed. Let’s assume your event was 300 guests, but in the last week you realize only 200 will show up. A reputable casino company will suggest you reduce the number of tables. A poor casino company will want you to stay with the original suggestion because they will make more money. Simply stated, the BEST casino party company would rather you have the correct number of tables and not too many or too few, and they should not put their profit above your fundraising needs. Now let’s discuss the casino tables that will be used for your event. This is my opinion as a licensed dealer, but the best casino companies have new equipment which does not have folding metal legs and/or use skirting under the table to hide the metal legs. Ask yourself why a real casino doesn’t use metal folding legs on their tables. A craps or roulette table is very heavy with up to 14 people all leaning and shifting their weight on the table. Maybe that’s the reason you shouldn’t have metal folding legs on the table because you do not want to take the chance the table collapses. I will never deal craps or roulette on a table that has metal folding legs. The point I want you remember here is that you should have the casino party company put in writing that they will be the company doing your event and will not subcontract to another company. You should also require the casino company to provide photographs of the actual tables they will use at the event. It is fine if they can show you the tables on their website, but I would ask myself why a casino company does not have photographs of the tables on the website. Do not accept the company having a photo showing the top of the tables with people having fun because that does not show the legs of the table which I consider the most important part.

Step 6. Cost from the Casino company and suggestions. The casino party company should be making suggestions on the proper casino tables and the number of each table to have for your event. They will follow the general rule of 70 percent of your guests being able to play, but they should also be in constant contact with you leading up to the event and be willing to reduce or add tables if needed. Remember the casino company is there to help you but also want to make money. A great casino company will advise you if needed to reduce the number of tables originally suggested based on the number of guests, allowing them to be a great help to you and still make a profit. The Poor casino companies will want you to stay with the original plan because they will make more money. The point here is that if you have too few tables then your guests can’t play meaning they can’t donate money to the event, and if you have too many tables they will not be used and you are spending more money than you should, and you could run the risk of losing money for the charity because of it. The last point I want you to remember is some casino party companies that do fundraising want a percentage of your profits. Never hire a company that wants a percentage of the profits because that is your money. Look at the casino company as you would a caterer or DJ. They are being paid for their service a flat fee and not a

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Ten Great Casino Related Moments

Casinos have been the subject or backdrop of many a program or film throughout TV and cinema history. From the early days when black and whites ruled the cinemas, to the latest blockbuster releases such as the soon to be released Casino Royale, we have seen many a top actor portraying a smooth criminal, a dashing here, or hopeless romantic trying their luck or attempting to change the direction of their life and fortunes over a roulette wheel or blackjack table.

So what is it about casinos that provide such a good backdrop and subject for a film. Well, the first thing that springs to mind is the atmosphere. A busy casino radiates vibrant colours and sounds. As you enter a casino you can feel an air of expectancy, an aura of hope, intertwined with feelings of anguish, as many sit around roulette wheels and in front of slot machines trying their luck and hoping for that all important spin of the wheel or roll of the dice.

But this is not the most important ingredient that makes casinos a healthy subject for films. The all important ingredient that has been at the forefront of most peoples lives and something that we all aspire to, and many try various methods to get their hands on is MONEY!

Money, while the root of all evil, is also the cause of elation. It provides the chance to change ones life and obtain the many luxurious offerings we are confronted with each day. It also provides a great opportunity for filmmakers to build a plot around. Bank robbery, crime, racketeering, they all have an ultimate end goal, MONEY! Casinos have money in abundance. Unfortunately, casinos also have the stigma of being mafia related, due to the large amount of money involved, and the feeling that wherever there is a lot of money, there is usually a lot of crime. But for sure, wherever there is money, there is a story to tell.

So for whatever reason a film has been based around a casino or gambling, there have been many a great screen related casino moments. Here is a list of my top 10 moments in casino related TV and films. Not all will recall, or agree with the order, but nonetheless you may agree they are all worth a mention.

1. The whole of the Simpsons casino episode (How I stopped worrying and learned to love legalized gambling, 1993).

2. Daniel Craig having two teeth knocked out while filming Casino Royale (2006).

3. Dr. No (1962). Where Sean Connery first uttered those immortal words “Bond… James Bond”.

4. The heavily armed Elvis impersonators in 3000 miles to Graceland (2001).

5. Casino (1995). There are many moments from this film that I would like to add to this list, but the slick filmwork showing the flow of money from gamblers hand to the bank is worth a mention. Cannot mention the death scenes in this article.

6. The fight scene in a seedy casino from French movie District B13 (2004).

7. La Baie des anges, 1963. The seductive and alluring relationship between Jean Fournier and Jackie Demaistre in this casino and gambling related movie.

8. In Owning Mahowny (2003), Dan Mahowny is in denial. When confronted by his girl friend about his gambling, he tells her “I don’t have a gambling problem. I have a financial problem.”

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Avoid Gambling Away Profit Points In Your Movie Like Casino Chips Or You Will Go Bust

I think there is a gambling streak in indie filmmakers and movie producers. Not even close to a streak like in one of my favorite gambling movies made – The Gambler (1974). Making movies is not exactly the safest bet, but the action is a rush, and payoffs can be in the millions. Not to mention making one hit indie movie can lead to studio deals where the sky is the limit. Like with professional gamblers, you have to play smart and not take avoidable risks.

I’ve read a few articles and books that have suggested one way to save money on an indie budget is to offer actors and crew members “points” (percent of movie profits) instead of giving them a paycheck, or the preferred form in the indie scene – cold hard cash. They sacrifice being paid upfront for a potential share of any profits the movie makes. On the surface this sounds appealing because hard money doesn’t have to be raised and spent to hire people.

Below the surface there are issues that make giving out points to actors and crew problematic. For many aspiring filmmakers “points” won’t feel like real money they’re dealing with.

It’s similar to people gambling with casino chips. When they’re playing with casino chips it doesn’t feel like real money, even though casino chips do represent real dollar amounts. Casino chips only become real to many people when it’s time cash them in for real money or they have to spend real money to get more.

This same attitude can be seen when giving out “points”. A person can think, “I’m making a movie now (gambling). I’ll worry about cashing out “points” (casino chips) later.

A filmmaker that’s financially shortsighted is more open to offer “points” like Halloween candy to actors and crew. When it does come time to cash in those “points” a filmmaker realizes they’ve shot themselves in the foot if their indie film is successful. Between “points” paid out to actors, crew and film investors (who always get points), they’ll be lucky to earn anything off their own creative talents and sweat equity.

What if you do end up with a hit indie movie on your hands? It nets (money the filmmaker actually receives) one million dollars in profits through some of these potential outlets.

• Theatrical Release
• Domestic DVD and Video Sales
• Sale of Foreign Distribution Rights
• VOD (video on demand) Sales
• Cable/Satellite Television Rights
• Internet Outlets

Just to illustrate the point, here is a clear-cut example. Say there is an actor or crewmember that normally might have been paid $1,000 for their work cashes in their “points.” Even one single point would be worth $10,000. Imagine repeating giving away that much of your movie’s profits on “points” given out.

A filmmaker could be in a position where the only way to get their movie done is to offer “points” to actors or crew, but be judicious when deciding how many “points” to hand out to an actor or key crewmember. Always leave meat on the bone so you can eat too.

Film investors that put up money to make a movie always receive “points.” That’s how a movie investor sees a return on their money, like in another financial investment. Enough “points” will belong to investors that put up money to produce a film without including actor and crew “points” you have to pay out too.

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The 3 Rules for Winning at Casino Gambling

The majority of people that gamble in casinos are losers. No surprise there. This can be witnessed by the multimillion dollar monuments to pleasure that are the nations casinos. They are constructed for one purpose and one purpose only… that is to separate the unsuspecting casino patron from their money.

Gambling generates more annual revenue than movies, spectator sports, theme parks, cruise ships and the recorded music industry combined. According to recent government statistics, casino gambling generates an estimated $40 billion dollars annually.

The part that amazes me is, it’s just as easy to win at casino gambling as it is to lose. The casino table games of craps, blackjack and baccarat (and for the most part even-money wagers on roulette) have the lowest “house percentage” found anywhere offering the player the very best opportunity to win.

But, in order to win money gambling, first and foremost, requires the intention of winning. Sounds a little simplistic doesn’t it? I constantly hear people tell me, “I went to Caesars Palace or The Sands the other day and I only lost $50, $60, $100 or $150.” Are you kidding me? It sounds like they went with the intention of losing. It’s like they had a predetermined amount in their mind that they expected to lose.

Just The Facts

With the above mentioned table games, The “house percentage” in craps “line” bets (pass line/don’t pass line) with no additional odds bets is only 1.41%. In baccarat it is 1.25% on “player” hands and 1.16% on “bank” hands. Playing blackjack, using a multi-deck “Basic Strategy,” the house advantage is non-existent. The casino has no edge over the player whatsoever.

It is my strong belief that it is just as easy for a knowledgeable player to win at casino gambling as it is for the uninformed player to lose. It has to do with intention.

3 Rules for Winning at Casino Gambling

There are three simple rules the player needs to follow to be a winner. They are:

1. Make only those bets that reduce the “house percentage” to the lowest possible amount.
2. Money management… set a strict amount that you will wager at each session of play limiting the minimum bet size to no more than 3 to 5% of that starting bankroll amount. If you happen to lose that amount, stop betting and leave the table.
3. Always leave the table when you are winning. You simple cannot go wrong walking away a winner. Always play to win and not solely for the thrill of the action. In a word, self-control.

Playing against such a low house advantage and using a money management system that provides sufficient resources, there will inevitably be a time in any session of play when you will be in the money.

You can’t be concerned with what you might have won. You will not win the chandeliers off the ceiling. Those are completely unrealistic expectations. If you always quit winners you will always have life left to fight another day and considerably more money with which to do so.

There are actual playing and betting strategies for each of these games that definitely shift the advantage to the player in any reasonably short session of play. Failure to follow this simple strategy is the reason most people lose money when gambling in casinos.

It is a far more enjoyable experience to return from a trip to the casino a winner rather than a loser and if you follow these sound principles, you really can’t help but be a winner.

By all means take advantage of their elegant rooms, fine dinning, drinks in the lounge or maybe go see a show. But play intelligently and do all these things on their dime, not yours.

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Home Casino Parties For Your Special Occasion

Trying to think of something truly special to honor or celebrate someone in your life can be an overwhelming task. Here is a turn-key solution that will create memories for you and your guests for years to come. Hire a professional casino rental company to host a home casino party in your behalf. A simple setup of the most popular casino table games, like Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and Poker along with full racks of heavy casino-grade chips in bright colors and professional dealers in bow ties and vests can easily accommodate up to forty players.

It would be nice if we could afford to buy airfare for all of our invited guests and fly off to Las Vegas for the real thing, but unfortunately not many of us have those kinds of resources. So why not bring Las Vegas into your home and save on all of the travel expenses and other potential trouble that comes along with the whole ‘Sin City’ experience. You can limit your costs and control the level of excitement within your own home with the help of a casino rental company.

As long as you are not playing for real money, then anything else is fair game. You can play for prizes like gift certificates or movies passes if you want to make it interesting for your guests. The dealers will help to add up the chips at the end of the night to let you know who the Big Winner is. Some customers like to hand out raffle tickets based on the chip count so that anyone has a chance of winning. Or you can just play for the sheer thrill of the game and bragging rights. It’s all in your control…it’s Your party!

Birthdays: Whether you are 21 or 81, the excitement of the “Vegas Experience” is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. There is nothing like hitting your number on the Roulette Wheel for a 35 to 1 payout, or having all of the numbers covered for a ‘Hot Hand’ at the dice table, or even listening to all of the players at the Black Jack table scream with joy when the dealer busts and everyone wins. It is an excellent environment for everyone to have fun and to celebrate that special day.

Graduations: Have your son or daughter become the most popular kid in town when all of their friends are scratching for an invitation to the social event of the year. It doesn’t matter if it is high school or college, the impact is the same. Everyone will want a piece of the action and school with be the last thing on their minds. Dealers are happy to provide instructions to anyone that does not know how to play the games. If more people knew that this service was available when they were coming of age, then there would be a lot less people losing money in the real casinos from their first ‘learning’ experience.

Bar Mitzvahs: Nothing says “welcome to the adult world” more than a home casino party. Your teen guests can play side-by-side with parents and friends on an even playing field in a world that is traditionally reserved exclusively for adults. They can learn and experience all the fun and perils of gambling without having to risk any money. All of the games are played with actual casino rules and payouts, so you are getting the authentic casino gambling experience…without the gambling.

Bachelor Parties: As the best man you have a commitment to the groom and friends to put together an Epic Event, yet you have a responsibility to the bride to get him to the altar in one piece. What is a guy supposed to do? You do what you need to do, but in your home so that you can control what goes on. Bring the casino into your living room and now you can have all of the fun without all of the concerns. Anything else that happens will be our secret!

These are just a few of the more popular occasions that are appropriate for home casino parties. But as you can begin to see, the possibilities are limitless. Regardless of the reason for the event, the one thing that they all have in common is that your guests at the end of the night will all be saying “that was the best thing ever. How did you come up with that idea?” When that happens, you’ll know that there is no better feeling than hitting a home run for that special person in your life.

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