How To Plan a Casino Night With Friends

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BetMGM Jul 17, 2023, 8:47 PM

If you want to create a night to remember with your closest friends or your partner, there’s no better way than to visit a glitzy and glamorous casino. The classy outfits, the bustling casino floor, the laughing, cheering and betting and, of course, the sheer volume of games on offer — it doesn’t get much more exciting than that. 

That is unless you plan your own casino night where you get together with your friends and play your favorite online casino games or even hire your very own dealer.

The biggest perk of planning a casino night at home (or at a slightly larger venue) is that you get to customize it down to the smallest detail. Order the food your friends like to eat, select a theme based on your shared interests, set a dress code you’re all comfortable with and select the casino games you all love to play.

Ready to start planning? Here are some expert tips to guide you.

Choose Your Theme

While Las Vegas and James Bond themes are the usual go-to’s for casino-style events, remember this is your night, so you can feel free to get as creative or keep it as simple as you wish.

How about a retro arcade casino theme, where you combine the nostalgia of arcade games with the thrill of casino games? You could set up classic arcade machines alongside casino tables to create a fusion of these beloved gaming styles. Your friends would be able to enjoy playing vintage arcade games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders or pinball machines while also trying their luck at traditional casino games.

Or maybe a casino night under the stars? This is a great idea if you have access to an outdoor space, such as a spacious patio or a backyard. Use string lights or lanterns to create a magical ambiance.

Choosing Your Casino Night Games

It’s easy for all your friends to bring their laptops or smartphones along for online gambling if you’d like to keep your home casino event simple and affordable. That said, it’s also possible to set up gaming tables and hire dealers if you’d prefer to step up your game.

If it’s only a small group of friends, you’ll already know which casino games everyone prefers,  so it’ll be easy to select a handful for everyone to enjoy. On the other hand, if you’re inviting a larger group, it’s best to choose a variety of popular games, including both card and dice games, to ensure optimal entertainment.

Remember to set a budget for yourself before getting in touch with professional dealers. Once you know your financial limits, seek recommendations for dealers from friends and event-planning professionals or search online for reviews and testimonials. Reach out to the dealers when you’re ready to discuss availability (it’s always best to plan well in advance as reputable dealers’ schedules fill up extremely quickly,) pricing and any specific requirements they have.

Planning the Food and Drink

Nobody wants to gamble on an empty stomach. Make sure there’s plenty of food and drink on offer to keep your guests happy.

Finger foods and appetizers are better than a sit-down meal (which will cut into your playing time.) Consider options such as sliders, mini sandwiches, skewers, chicken wings, cheese platters, vegetable and dip trays or mini quiches. These types of food are convenient, require minimal utensils and allow guests to snack without interrupting their gameplay.

Keen to inject a bit of creativity into your snacks? Give each one a casino-related or gambling-inspired name to add to the atmosphere. For example, you could have “High Roller Sliders,” “Lucky 7 Layer Dip” or “Winning Wings.”

Remember to consider any dietary restrictions or preferences your friends may have. It’s always a good idea to offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to accommodate different dietary requirements. You can also include a few healthier choices, such as vegetable crudités or fruit platters, for those who prefer lighter options.

Selecting the Music

Planning the right music for your home casino event can help set the mood, create a lively atmosphere and enhance the overall experience. Of course, you don’t want the music to overshadow or disrupt the gameplay. Choose instrumental tracks, jazz, lounge music or light instrumental versions of popular songs.

It’s great to play a few timeless classics or casino-themed songs when there are breaks in between, such as when your friends are dishing food. Some popular favorites include “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra, “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers.

Setting the Dress Code

Wondering what to wear to a casino night? Literally anything you want. Chat to your friends to find out if they’d like to go fancy or to keep things casual. The dress code you set will also depend on your chosen theme.

Regardless of what you decide, just be sure to clearly communicate all the details to friends you invite. There’s nothing worse than showing up in jeans and a T-shirt when everyone else is sporting formalwear. It may be helpful to supply examples or suggestions to help guests understand the expected attire and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Play Online Casino Games At BetMGM

BetMGM is a top choice for some of the best online gambling in the US, whether you’re playing alongside friends at a private casino night or relaxing at home alone after a long day at work. Choose from an extensive menu of casino table games (including online poker and blackjack,) live dealer casino games, online slots and much more.

Register when you’re ready to explore the full offering.

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