Casino and poker nights are not just for “the boys”! Casino nights, when done properly, can be some of the most fun and exciting evening parties to host. When done wrong, however, they can be uncomfortable and leave some people feeling less than welcome.
If you want to host the best casino night possible, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure that everyone has a great time. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make your casino night a total success from beginning to end.
Incorporate the digital
Depending on your tastes and the preferences of your friends, you may want to consider incorporating online or digital games into your party. While many of these games are intended for solo play, there are now a number of fun gameshow-style live games that may appeal to some people and enhance the party atmosphere.
There are now so many different online casinos available to choose from that online casinos have started offering a number of different online casino promotion options for new joiners. These promotions tend to be pretty competitive in their attempts to attract new players, and all of the major online casinos offer such promotions.
Lay down some ground rules
First things first – it is important to establish some ground rules before hosting an event with any kind of gambling involved. Even if you decide to use chocolate coins and googly eyes instead of cash and casino chips, gambling is not for everyone and can make some people feel uncomfortable.
You will want to think about your guest list with sensitivity and perhaps not invite friends who have previously struggled with gambling, as this may not be a pleasant experience for them. You will also need to decide on a few ground rules that are based in the standards for responsible gaming.
These rules can be things like whether or not guests are allowed to gamble with actual money (or just for fun), and if you do allow gambling with real money, what limits you want to set on what can be bet. There is nothing quite like a dispute over unpaid debts to introduce tension into a friend group, so think about this very carefully.
Consider a theme
Themed parties are not for everyone but if you are a fan of themed parties, consider giving your casino party a theme. You can opt for the glamour and intrigue of James Bond, the fun and adventure of the Wild West or even go for a Roman-themed night (the Romans enjoyed gambling!).
The more you lean into the theme and encourage your guests to join in, the more fun it will be. You can enhance the atmosphere with small touches such as music, decor and costumes.
You certainly cannot underestimate the importance of snacks, regardless of the type of party you are hosting. Snacks are one aspect that you can use to tie in the theme if you decide to go with a themed casino night.
Of course, one thing to be mindful of is dietary restrictions. More and more people are opting for vegetarian and vegan diets out of concern for the impact eating meat has on the climate. If you have friends who have chosen a plant-based diet, you can help them to feel included and valued by accommodating their dietary needs.
A tipple or two
Most casinos in the world are not just casinos, they are also bars and restaurants, and sometimes also hotels and resorts. To liven up the party and increase the aspect of authenticity, you can consider offering a few themed cocktails to your guests.
A novelty cocktail with a casino-themed name is definitely one way to create a fun atmosphere and ensure that friends who have not yet met have something to talk about. Again, alcohol is not for everyone, so you will want to ensure that there are also plenty of equally delicious and fun non-alcoholic drinks.
Find a co-host
It will be a problem if you are the only person in the group who knows how to shuffle, deal or play any of the casino games you want to offer your guests. If possible, you should look for a co-host who can assist you with all of the organizing and running of the games.
If none of your friends know how to play the classic casino games, you can encourage them to learn by sending them a few resources and videos in the run-up to the party – it will make the entire event more fun if everyone joins in.