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Hosting a Casino Night: Tips, Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Home Game General' started by dew4au, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. dew4au

    dew4au Well-Known Member
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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to host a "Casino Night" party in a few weeks, so I'm looking for ideas and suggestions on how to pull this off. It'll be a relatively small party; fifteen to twenty players max. Games are going to be craps, roulette, and blackjack.

    Roulette:
    Does anyone have a good-but-cheap roulette wheel they can recommend? I know I can pick up a cheap one at Wal-mart or Target, but I have a feeling these won't even spin very well. Should I go ahead and buy a top of the line plastic model like this? Discount Casino Gear - 18 inch Roulette Wheel

    As for roulette chips go, I don't happen to have a good stash of casino paulson chips, so I considering super diamonds. They're solid and cheap. How many should I get for each color? I'm thinking around 150-200 per color since the payout can be as high as 35-1.

    Craps:
    I'm ordering a layout and I plan to attach it to a folding table. I may build a backstop on one end to catch the dice. Is there anything else I need besides dice to make this work. On/off puck? Die stick?

    Starting Chips / Table stakes:
    How much should each guest be given, and what should the table minimums be relative to everyone's starting stacks? I'm planning to use my 1000pc CM Desert Palms set for most of the muscle. I have .05 - 5000 denoms. I figure as long as I color up everyone between games, there will be enough low denoms around to make it work. I have 175 5's as of now, but I know I need to order more to make it work.

    Any input you guys have would be greatly appreciated!

    Andrew
     
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  2. toad94

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    I do casino nights with the 3 games you mentioned.

    For roulette I have 200 chips of 8 colors and that's plenty. Have a rack of various denominated chips handy to cash people out. I also use the 18 plastic wheel. It has a well-machined wheel and bearing so it spins like a dream. It's worth the price of admission.

    For craps I use a rattan stick, on/off puck, and a dice boat. The stick adds to the fun 'cause once you get the hang of it you can really move those bones around! I like the idea of a backstop, though I haven't used one before. Have plenty of chips stacked up ready for the payouts. A cheat sheet with the payouts for each number helps until you have them memorized.

    My main recommendation for blackjack is to buy a discard holder and clamp it to the table. I use a 6 deck shoe and by the end of the round if I didn't have the holder those cards would be all over the place or I'd have to pause between each hand to stack them neatly. The discard holder is worth every penny and helps keep the game moving at a good pace.

    I usually start people with around T1000 with a few "house markers" for people who go broke early. I have prizes at the end of the night for the top three or four chip counts.

    Good luck and have a great time!
     
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  3. dew4au

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    Thanks, toad! I'll take your advice on the roulette wheel. I went ahead and ordered lots of super diamonds for roulette chips. The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to realize that I need LOTS of T5 chips in play if the table minimums are T5.

    Since I'm having three games with six seats / positions each, then I need enough chips on hand to handle 18 players. If each player receives 10x T5 then I'll have 180 T5 in play. How many chips should each dealer have for payouts? 1:1 or 2:1?
     
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    Instead of starting guests with lots of 5s (& 25s?) and then having more 5s, 25s, etc. for payouts, try starting the guests with a few 100s and 500s. Keep the 1s, 5s, & 25s at the table. Let guests buy in at a table and then color them up when they're ready to go. This way you don't have to stock as many low denoms, plus the guests will be grateful to only carry around a few big chips when they want to get up and take a break instead of having hands full of 5s. Of course, have some chip trays laying around just in case someone gets enough to break the house! :)

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  5. dew4au

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    Ahh, very nice, toad! Thanks for sharing. I'm planning to hand out large denoms to begin with, but once everyone sits down they'll need the small denoms to play the games. I'm just interested in how many low denoms the dealers need to have to cover all the action.
     
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    The breakdown in the tray picture is good, but overkill. The craps table will need more lower denoms and the roulette table will need very few. Between the three tables I'd guess probably 300 5s & 200 25s will keep things running smoothly.
     
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    I'm curious as to what you give out for prizes???
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    The top prize is usually their choice of DVD (Casino, Rounders, Ocean's 11, etc.) or a nice setup of KEMs/Copag/Fournier. The second and third place finishers get cancelled casino decks, casino-style dice, and/or casino-related books. The door prize for everybody is their choice of Hot Wheels (the guests can tell people they won a car the last time they were at a casino!) :)
     
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    Ahhhh. I always wondered how people managed casino games where you generally play against the house. I like the idea now that I understand it!

    Bonus points for giving away cars as prizes. That sir is a great idea!
     
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