Friday, July 6, 2012

Customer Appreciation Events

If you are the owner of a small or large business, you understand the importance of customers. After all, without these important contacts, you wouldn't have much of a business, right? Therefore, it's important that you take the time to make sure all of your customers feel appreciated from time to time. One of the best ways to do this is by hosting a customer appreciation event.

Customer appreciation events do more than just let your customers know how much you value them. These important events can also be used as powerful marketing tools used to help you obtain new customers or showcase new product and services to existing customers. It also gets your customers into your store or place of business for 3-4 hours. However, before your customer appreciation event will be successful, there are several things you will need to remember.

Plan Ahead - As with any important business event, a customer appreciation event must be planned out properly or else it won't be successful. The last thing you want to do is throw something together in a couple of weeks. This is especially true if you want to host a customer appreciation dinner or a customer appreciation party. Therefore, make sure you give yourself ample amount of time to plan. Many business owners allow six months or more when planning a business event such as this. You will need time to work out all the details including: what kind of event you are going to hold, where to hold the event, how many people to invite, etc.

Build Up the Anticipation - If you want your customer appreciation events to be successful, you have to get your customers excited about attending. Do this by talking about the event with customers, posting flyers, mailing out "Save-the-Date" postcards and follow up by mailing out professional invitations a week or two before the actual event. Offer ways for your customers to earn additional casino "funny Money". Also, consider offering customers who bring guests a discount on their next purchase.

Make It Fun and Enjoyable - More than likely, you've suffered through a boring event before. This is what you want to avoid. Therefore, you need to make sure you give your guests a reason to attend by making it fun. For example, everyone enjoys free food and drinks, as well as, fun casino night entertainment. Another good idea is to give away door prizes at the event, such as free products/services or gift cards to your store.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to plan a Casino Night Party

This guide will help you to plan a successful Casino Theme Party in ten steps. Download a free Casino Party Planner.

Establish a budget for your casino night

Casino Party Budgets range from $25 to $100 per person, depending on location, food and beverage, and decor. Food will often comprise 40% of the budget, with 40% allocated to the Casino Vendor, and the additional 20% allocated to facility rental, entertainment, prizes, and decorations. These amounts will vary depending on your organization's preferences.

Select the right casino night vendor

This first step is critical to the success of your event. You want to make sure your casino party vendor carries professional looking equipment and not just table toppers (layouts that sit on top of a banquet table). In addition, the vendor should have at least 8 - 10 years of experience and should own their equipment.

There are many newcomers to the industry that just imitate their competitors, and don't have the experience to run a proper event. Qualified casino vendors will be able to give advice on table and prize selection. Some vendors will give a few choices in renting the equipment, such as full service (providing everything, including the dealers), limited service (providing the tables and a Pit Boss and they would train your volunteer dealers), and table rental only.

Date & time selection for your casino night

The date of your event may be determined on the facility and vendor availability. Often this step is planned months in advance, especially if it's a popular time of the year (such as the first two weeks in December). Most casino parties will last for about four hours, with about 3 hours of actual gambling time and the rest for food serving, cashing out at the end of the night and prize giveaways.

Casino night location

The location you select should be easily accessible to your attendees. The facility should also be able to accommodate the casino tables, food and beverage, entertainment and your attendees comfortably. Some facilities, such as hotels, will not allow you to bring in outside food vendors.

Casino table selection

The number of tables you select should be based on the number of attendees expected. Most casino planners expect 65% of guests playing at any given time. The other 35% will be watching, eating, enjoying the entertainment, or socializing. Your casino vendor will be able to make a recommendation on the types of tables needed for your sized event.

Theme Selection - Popular casino night themes

Disco Western 1920's Gangster
Hawaiian Luau Hollywood Academy Award Star Trek
Roman Toga Harley Biker Mexican Fiesta
James Bond Mardi Gras Casablanca
Gone with the Wind Star Wars Wizard of Oz


Once you've decided on the theme for your casino party it's time to get creative. Invitations, decorations, costumes, food, party favors, and entertainment should all fit the theme chosen. Even the play money handed out to guests could match the theme of your casino night event.

Food/Beverage selection for a casino night

Most often, the food at casino parties is served buffet style. Some events will have a sit-down dinner and then move to the casino party area. Space is often a consideration when planning the food and beverage selections. You need to plan for lines (sometimes long) at the buffet and bars. The bar may be either an open or a cash bar. Many events will supply one or two drink tickets to all attendees, and then have them pay for any additional drinks. Often, the casino vendor will be able to recommend a good caterer, if needed.

Casino night entertainment

The most popular entertainers at casino parties include DJ's, Magicians, Fortune Tellers, and Caricature Artists. A DJ, while not necessary, will be able to make any necessary announcements. Magicians will often be able to perform strolling magic, and demonstrate gambling sleight of hand. Fortune Tellers are always a popular choice of entertainment. The Caricature Artist will provide a keepsake for your attendees.

Casino night decorations/party favors/invitation

A theme makes it easy to choose all of your decorations, party favors and invitations. A sit-down dinner will often have themed centerpieces, as will cocktail tables. Some events will have red, black and white balloon trees scattered about. Party stores will often carry a selection of these items.

Casino night prizes

The number of prizes to be given away is often based on the number of attendees, in addition to the budget supplied. Often, many organizations may have donated prizes from their vendors or members. Many of your attendees will be very competitive at the gambling tables, competing for the best prizes. A nice Grand Prize will attract more attendees to your event.

There are two ways that prizes are given away at casino parties - raffles and auctions. With the raffle method, typically, attendees are given one raffle ticket for a certain amount (such as $250.) in either chips or play money held by the player. For example, if a player has $1,000 in chips at the end of the night, they would receive 4 raffle tickets with the example above. The auction method would have the dealers add up the total amount won by each player, and then an auctioneer would then begin to "sell" the prizes.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Casino Party Planning

A casino party can be a great idea for any individual or company planning an event. Different types of casino events include bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthdays, poker tournaments, corporate events, graduation parties, reunions, and more. Finding a casino party planner who specializes in fun casino events in your area does not have to be a discouraging task. In most large metropolitan areas across North America, you will find several companies who specialize in casino entertainment.

There are a few key questions you should ask potential casino party companies. If you don't receive satisfactory answers, beware! All casino party companies are not equal and reputable, good quality companies will be happy to answer all your questions.

1. Does the company offer a wide selection of casino games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, pai gow etc..?

2. Is the equipment comparable to what you would see at the casino? The casino game tables and accessories should not resemble home edition models that you can buy on Ebay for the same cost of renting them. You want your guests to feel like they are in a real casino! Ask for pictures from actual casino events. Many companies use stock pictures of casino equipment on their websites. If they had quality equipment why not show it off?

3. Do you have liability insurance?

4. Can you provide references?

5. How long have you been in business and how many parties do you stage each year?

Event Staffing is another important characteristic of a quality casino planning company. To ensure the success of your casino party, you should have casino dealers who are knowledgeable about the games, very entertaining, and personable with your guests. Hosts/hostesses are sometimes a nice added touch, as well as pit bosses and/or tournament directors.

Finally, what other party services does the casino party company offer? A good casino event planning company may offer many additional party services that will compliment your event. This can save you time and money if you are able to get a full-service, quality package from one provider. Ask the casino event planner about extra services such as dress themes, food and drink servers, background music or DJ's, event planning consultation, lighting, additional entertainment, and more.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Casino Party Craps Strategy

So you wanna beat craps eh? Good call. Unlike other games in the casino, craps offers bets that reduce the house advantage to nearly nothing... now if only the dice would fall the way we want them to.
Best Bets

One of the best bets in the casino is taking odds on Pass Line bets. This is one of the few places (much like a double down in BlackJack) where the player has the opportunity to maximize their bet based on play that has already occurred. First of all lets talk about dice combinations to get an idea of general probabilities or Ways.

The column on the left is the possible roll, the row accross the top is the number of ways that roll can be made using standard six-sided dice (none of that Dungeons and Dragons stuff here...). Here's a breakdown:

There is one way to make aces and twelve.
There are two ways to make the three and eleven.
There are three ways to make the four and ten.
There are four ways to make the five and nine.
There are five ways to make the six and eight.
There are six ways to make the seven.

As you can see there is more ways to make a seven than any other number, therefore statistically, the seven will come out more than any other number. This works in the players favor on the Come Out roll if they have a Pass Line bet and if they are betting a Come bet after the point has already been made.
Possible Betting Strategies

There are infinite ways to play craps and every player develops systems or ideas which they think will be the key to winning at craps. No real betting system has been proven, since luck plays such a huge role (roll?) in the game. We offer these possible betting strategies to get you thinking about the game in ways that maybe you haven't, not as a cure for bad luck or a sure fire way to get rich.
Strategy #1 - Pass Line with Max Odds

One of the most used betting strategies is to bet the Pass Line and take advantage of Maximum odds after the point has been established (depending on the number rolled). Pass Line bets have virtually no house advantage. If the point is a 6 or 8 the odds pay 6-5, if the point is 5 or 9 the odds pay 3-2, and if the point is a 4 or 10 the odds pay 2-1. This is one of the best bets in the house.
Strategy #2 - Pass Line with Place Bets

Some players like to play Pass Line bets (with odds) reinforced by Place Bets on 6 and/or 8 (if the point is 6 or 8, move one of the Place Bets to a 5 or 9). This covers the three most probable rolls other than a Seven.
Strategy #3 - Pass Line with Odds + Come Bets with Odds

We've coined a term for this type of bet: Comesurance. Let's say that the Come Out roll establishes a point of 6. The player throws a bet to the Come bar and on the shooters next roll they Seven out (how many times have you seen that happen?). Here the player loses their original Pass Line bet, but wins on the Come's come out roll. You still lose your odds and whatever else is out there, but its a little insurance policy. If the player rolls a 9 on the second roll instead of the 7, the Come bet moves to the 9 and the player is offered the opportunity to place odds on the Come bet as well... also with almost no house advantage. The player can continue to throw Come bets and odds out, covering all the numbers with Odds (or not) and recouping their Pass Line bet if the shooter rolls 7. Of course, if the shooter throws Craps on the Come, come out roll the player loses. Its a bit more complex, but we've seen some pretty large winnings using this strategy.
Possible Strategy #4 - Limited Positive Progression Hardways

Throw down $4 for 4,6,8 and 10 hardways. Hit once, press it. Hit again take it. Its a long shot absolutely, but we've seen it work on occasion. You can vary this to a press/press/take scenario, but you'll really be pressing your luck.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Casino Party Games

Arizona Casino Knights uses the highest-quality casino party equipment to give you an authentic Vegas-gaming experience. We employ casino party tables with all-wooden legs and leather padded rails. Our felts are purchased from the same suppliers many casinos use.

Below are the casino party tables we offer. Click on the links to see a more detailed image and to play the games for free online.

Casino Party Blackjack-  Play Blackjack
Casino Party Craps -  Play Craps
Casino Party Poker -  Play Poker
Casino Party Roulette-  Play Roulette

Grad Night Casino Parties

Looking for a fun way to entertain your grad this May? Why not try a casino party or texas hold'em party? Casino and poker parties are a popular & successful way to keep grads safe and entertained on this special evening.

Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Craps...all your favorite casino games are available. Don't know how to play? No problem. Our friendly casino party dealers will be all to happy to explain the rules, strategies etc.. of each game. You'll be playing like a Vegas pro in no time.

Games are played with funny money and cashed in at the end for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes provide by the host.

Grads love the fun and excitement of casino games and parents can be rest assured their kids are in a safe environment on this special night.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Casino Night Fundraisers and Charity Poker Tournaments

Are a looking for a fundraiser idea and great way to raise money for your non-profit charity group or organization? Why not consider a casino fundraiser, casino night charity event or a charity texas holdem poker tournament? Casino Fundraisers and Charity Poker Tournaments are great ideas for raising money for you non-profit organizaiton while entertaining your guests with exciting casino fun.

If you are planning a casino night fundraiser or charity poker tournament, we understand that your primary goal is to maximize your fundraising potential while providing an authentic Las Vegas style casino party event. We'll show you how. We have many proven ideas to help you achieve those fundraising goals. As casino night fundraiser experts, we guarantee your event will not only feel authentic, but your guests will be thrilled with the excitement it brings. We provide support and guidance until your event is over. Arizona Casino Knights. has assisted dozens of charities, schools, churches, athletic teams and PTA/PTO groups with their fundraising needs. We would be happy to share our experience and ideas with you in the planning of your casino fundraiser event.

When would you consider an Arizona Casino Knights party?
  • PTA Fundraisers
  • PTO Fundraisers
  • School Fundraisers
  • Church Fundraisers
  • School Fundraiser
  • Athletic or Sports Team Fundraisers
  • Youth Group Fundraisers
  • Any Fundraiser Idea
Download our free Casino Night Fundraiser Guide. The client is responsible for obtaining all city, county and state permits if necessary. For additional legal information please visit:

Arizona Attorney General's Office 

Arizona Department of Gaming

Friday, October 1, 2010

Corporate and Company Holiday Casino Night Parties

The holidays are right around the corner. This is a great time of the year for companies to show their appreciation to their associates and employees for a year full of hard work. Arizona Casino Knights is an expert in providing fun casino nights for corporate and company holiday parties.

We have the greatest variety of equipment and games to make certain that there is something for everyone, and our amazing dealers are sure to have your guests shouting!

Arizona Casino Knights has been in the Corporate Event planning business since 1997! When it comes to experience and expertise, you can rest assured that your corporate event will be in good hands!

Book now as our December weekends are filling up fast!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Casino Parties Tucson

Arizona Casino Knights has just launched a new website for Tucson, AZ. Check out our casino party package specials for as little as $175.

Don't gamble on your casino party, corporate event or casino night fundraiser with just any casino party company. All casino party companies are not equal. Arizona Casino Knights is one of the oldest, most experienced, most trusted casino party companies in Tucson AZ.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poker Parties & Charity Poker Nights

For your next event, consider an Arizona Casino Knights hosted poker tournament. Our tournament directors are trained to run an event like those seen on television.

With the growing popularity of Texas Hold'em poker on television, the uses of a poker tournament are endless:

  • Team Building - See who is the best poker player in the office. Bragging rights are at stake!
  • Client appreciation - Thank your clients with a fun evening of poker. If you ask each client to bring a friend, you can even use it to increase your business.
  • Bar or restaurants - Reward your loyal customers with a chance to win free food and prizes.
  • Just for fun - Poker tournaments are great fun, why do you need any other excuse?

Running the Event

As your guests arrive, they will select a seat card. This will tell them their starting table and seat number. Upon arriving at the table, the dealer will direct them to their seat, collect the seat card and give the player his starting chips.

Once all of the players are seated, the tournament director will announce to the dealers to "Shuffle up and deal" as seen on many television poker tournaments. Any late players will still be allowed to play. A position will be held for them and any blind bets will be removed from their chip stack as if they were folding every hand.

Play begins with each player receiving an equal amount of chips. There will be two blinds posted per hand to force the action. As play progresses, the amount of the blind bets increase. The tournament director will customize the blind amounts based upon the starting chip count, number of players, and length of the event. Most events are scheduled for three hours but larger events can take longer.

As play continues, players will be eliminated from the tournament. The tournament director will continually move players around and break down tables to keep the same number of players at each table. Once we are down to nine players the final table will begin. Play will continue until one person accumulates all of the chips and is declared the winner.

What we Provide

  • Tables - We use high-quality Texas Hold'em tables. They have padded railings with cup holders and professional felt used in many casinos. Our tables seat nine players plus the dealer. Arizona Casino Knights only provides tables. The client will need to supply 10 chairs per table.
  • Tournament Director - The tournament director will be the main person in charge of your event. He will set the blinds and chip amounts to make sure the event ends on time. He also is in charge of moving players and breaking down tables until the final table is reached at which time he will announce the action to spectators until a winner is determined. Our tournament directors employ the rules developed by the Tournament Directors Association and used in many big buy-in professional events so that your event is run to the same standards as a televised poker tournament.
  • Dealers - Our dealers are professionally attired in tuxedo shirts and bow ties. Our tournament dealers receive additional training to ensure your event runs smoothly and all of your guests have a great time. They also will assist novice players by clearly explaining rules and procedures.
  • Tournament Software - We employ tournament software to track play and blind levels as well as to keep the tournament clock. We can also provide a projection system for larger events to display the event information onto a screen to keep all players informed about the progress of play.
  • Accessories - All of the chips, cards and other accessories needed to run a tournament. We use 100% plastic GEMACO playing cards like those used in many casino poker rooms.