Being involved in the casino party and organizing business for a long time, I have heard from customers some very sad stories of what occurred at the casino’s fundraiser. I would like to pass on to you the actions you need to take in order to make sure you have a successful casino fundraiser and select the top casino party provider to host your event.
Step 1. The planning committee. The most important step in your planning and you should assign a person to each of the duties that need to be done to organize your event. This could includes the Law and getting the appropriate licenses, locating the location and catering for the event, securing sponsors to help with the expenses, finding gifts to be donated, finding the correct casino, and who will handle the cash. It’s impossible for a single person to handle all of these tasks. The best way to accomplish this is to designate a single person who is responsible for each of the items then let them accomplish the task at hand, while notifying them of their progress every so often to the person responsible for the event casino. You will need plenty of time to accomplish all the tasks I a suitable timeframe to begin is around 4-6 months before the date of the event.
Step 2. The law, and getting your fundraiser’s license and township permission. Make sure to remember that gambling is not legal, and having casino games in your event is gambling. This is vital because a fundraiser at a casino isn’t the same as hosting a car wash to raise funds. Since gambling is illegal, there are state-level authorities responsible for the prohibition of gambling that means your casino event will fall under the exceptions to gambling laws. Let’s look at New Jersey as an example. State agency ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control)is responsible to find and combat illegal gambling. but their manual does not mention illegal gambling, or exceptions to the laws on gambling, it just says gambling and there has been an instance where one of their investigators attempted to stop a casino fundraiser in the belief that it was gambling. The issue was resolved prior to the date of the event due to the second point I want to remind you of. While your casino fundraising is gambling and gambling is illegal, it falls within the exceptions to gambling laws of the state by statute. In New Jersey the state legislature passed a law allowing gambling in casinos and set up the Casino Control Commission to oversee the event. They also created a statute to allow casino-related events and set up the legally-authorized Games of Chance Control Commission to oversee casino fundraisers. The point I want you consider from this is to make your casino fundraiser legal, it is essential to understand the law and obtain the appropriate permits and township approval to hold the fundraiser. The fact that you’re a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is used to having a car wash in order to raise funds doesn’t mean you are able to hold an event at a casino because it seems like an ideal idea. Therefore, at this point, you need to know that it’s recommended to contact the state’s Office of the Attorney General to determine the law for your state regarding a casino fundraiser.
Step 3. Step 3. Best casino company. The licensing requirements required by your state might additionally require the casino being licensed. There have been incidents within New Jersey where a non profit organisation was referred to as a party company and neither of the parties knew the laws that led to the event being ended and fines. Each state is different , and the law in New Jersey the casino company as well as all dealers have to have a casino fundraiser license. Therefore, the most important thing is to first learn the requirement on your own by contacting the authorities of the state before you call the casino firms and ask whether they need for a casino fundraising. A good casino party company will ask you if you have your license and be capable of sending you the required forms to get the license. They should guide you through every aspect of getting your license, as well as getting township’s permission. If they don’t help with the process or explain the rules the rules, they might not be able to comprehend their rules, and this could lead to the beginning of a disaster.
Step 4. Who is really doing your event? Be aware that there are casino-themed party firms that promote locally, as well as others who advertise national. My experience is that the local ones are the best for you since national ones may not be aware of the laws in your area. The worst part is that the national corporations won’t be able to host your event. They will call the local companies, get an estimate from them, and then add hundreds of dollars onto the bill to answer your phone call. In addition, the local company is who will be doing your event . They will offer you a cost that is less than the national business. When you visit each business, you’ll see certain ones that feature photos of famous actors and revelers enjoying themselves at a casino on the home page of their website. Don’t bother with all the material that is designed to attract you because it’s not necessary. If you get price quotes from the casino party companies you may get three or four quotes that are within the same interval and 1 or 2 which are higher than the others. Let’s give an example and let’s say you got quotes for $1000 $1,000, $1100, $1200, and $2000. It doesn’t make any sense that three quotes were within the same range but one quote was much higher because the extremely high quote comes from a national business that will not do your event because they are going to contact the local business who offered you the lower price in the first place, then add the extra amount to the total.
Step 5. The tables at the casino. There is a standard rule to adhere to which is that you should want about 70 percent of your players to have the ability play. It is possible to alter this rule, but I would not go lower than 50 percent to be able to play. Casino companies should be able to advise you about this. They should also stay in continuous contact with you throughout the week prior to the event and help you adjust the tables if needed. Let’s suppose your event has 300 guests, but during the final week, you discover that only 200 guests will show up. A reputable casino company will recommend reducing your tables to a minimum. A bad casino will be happy to stay on the original recommendation because they will make more money. Simply put, the top casino company will ensure that you have the right number of tables and not be too many or too few, and they should not increase their profits over your fundraising requirements. Let’s look at the tables in the casino to be used during your party. This is my opinion as a licensed dealer, but the top casinos have the latest equipment, which doesn’t feature metal legs that fold and/or have skirting beneath the table to hide the metal legs. You should ask yourself why a genuine casino doesn’t use metal folding legs on their tables. A table for roulette or craps is very heavy with up to 14 people all leaning and shifting their weight around the table. Maybe that’s the reason you shouldn’t put metal folding legs on the table because you don’t want to risk that the table can collapse. I’ll never bet on craps or roulette on the table with metallic folding legs. What I’m trying to keep in mind is that you must have the casino party firm sign an agreement stating they will be the company doing your event and not subcontract to another business. It is also important to ask the casino to supply photos of the tables they will be using at the event. It is fine if they can show you the tables on their website, but I would ask myself what the reason a casino business does not show photos of tables on the website. Don’t be satisfied with the company using a photo of the top of the tables with people having fun because that does not show the tables’ legs, which I consider the most important aspect.
Step 6. Costs From the Casino company and suggestions. The casino company will be able to offer suggestions regarding the best casino tables as well as the number of each table to have for your event. They’ll adhere to the rule of 70 percent of your guests being capable of playing, however they should be continuously in contact with you prior to the event. They should also be willing to reduce or add tables in the event of need. Remember that the casino business will be there to assist you, but also make profits. A great casino company will advise you if needed to cut down on the number of tables originally recommended based upon the number of guests, permitting them to be a great help to you and still make profits. The poor casino firms will insist that you stick in the same plan as they did originally because they will make more money. The point here is that if you have too few tables, guests will not be able play which means that they cannot donate funds to the event or if you have too many tables they will not be used , and you’re spending more than you need to, and you might be in danger of losing money to the charity due to it. Another thing that I would like to stress is that some casinos that offer fundraising require a portion of the profits. Never hire a company that would like a share of profits as it is your money. Examine the casino’s business the same way you would a catering company or DJ. They’re being paid with a flat rate and not even a cent more.
Step 7. Who will handle the money. There is a cardinal rule in a casino fundraising event to never let the casino organization to handle the money. Remember that there may hundreds of thousands in the world and you must be clear of all possible charges. A trustworthy casino company will show you how to establish an “bank” and how only your representatives will touch the funds. There are some aspects of the evening where the pit boss at the casino will take steps to in attracting more donations. For instance, they can offer special chip offerings to your guests to donate more money at each table However, this should only be handled one table at a given time with the representative of your company standing next to them.