Casino nights take careful preparation, and you need to be familiar with the legal restrictions in your area. But the payoff can be big.
Typically, parent groups sell tickets in advance for a Las Vegas-style evening of games like blackjack, poker, craps, Texas Hold’em, and roulette run by dealers from a company specializing in this type of event.
The ticket price usually includes a certain number of chips to play with. If attendees run out, they can purchase more. At the end of the evening, the chips might be exchanged for raffle tickets. The evening also includes food, drinks (if allowed), and music. Many casino nights include an auction, as well.
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How long should it last?
Casino night companies usually require a minimum of three hours.
Where is the best place to hold this type of event?
If you have a large enough area at your school, there’s nothing wrong with holding it on campus. But if space isn’t available—or if you plan to serve alcohol—you probably need to rent a facility.
How To Keep It Legal
Rules about casino night fundraisers vary greatly from state to state. In Texas, as long as people don’t win any money, there’s no problem, and rest assured, 3BPP has an attorney on staff to make sure our events are legal. The key is to make sure that the gaming is done just for fun. There is no money exchange, no real value to the chips. Chips can't be cashed in for things.