4 Steps to Plan The Perfect Surprise Casino Party!

If you’re looking for a unique, interactive and exciting surprise party theme that all of your guests will love, then a casino party is your perfect option! From craps and poker to slot machines and blackjack, there will be plenty of fun for your guests to enjoy. So, if you’re ready to plan the perfect birthday celebration, here’s how to give it a little casino flare.

Step 1: Create a catchy invitation.

Your invitation should be a sneak peek for all of the casino fun that’s headed their way. An invitation really sets the tone for a party, so you’ll need to make sure that it’s just right. For example, try something like “you’ve been ‘dealt’ an invitation to XXX’s surprise party.” Then add some poker chips to the envelope before sealing!

Step 2: Set the casino vibe.

The decor is key when it comes to capturing the casino mood. Make sure there’s plenty of glitz, glam, and flashing lights to go along with the casino party theme. Of course, you’ll need plenty of balloons to make it a true party, like the super cool dice balloons shown here. Add directional signs throughout the “casino floor,” and make sure to point out where the “VIP” tables are so your high roller friends can bet their fun money big.

Step 3: Don’t forget the music.

What’s a party, or even a casino, without some music? Make a playlist of all of your favorite gaming-related tunes and keep it shuffling all night. Some great songs to include are:

  • Viva Las Vegas, Elvis Presley
  • Sin City, AC/DC
  • Luck Be a Lady, Frank Sinatra
  • Poker Face, Lady Gaga
  • Let’s Go To Vegas, Faith Hill
  • Waking up in Vegas, Katy Perry

Step 4: Choose your entertainment.

The key to throwing a memorable party is fantastic entertainment! When planning your casino party, be sure to choose games that are appropriate for all skill levels. Your seasoned gamblers might love to sit down for a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, but those that are less experienced might fancy roulette or slot machines instead.

At Casinos by M&M we have casino games to suit each and every one of your guests, and our experienced dealers are trained to provide step-by-step instruction for those willing to challenge themselves and try something new. To learn more about the services and casino games we can provide call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST.

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4 Steps to Make a Party Memorable

Planning a party can definitely be stressful, especially if it’s for a large event like a wedding, sweet 16 or retirement party. Luckily, there are just 4 simple steps you need to take to ensure that your food, entertainment and venue choices all come together for a truly memorable party experience.

  1. Don’t forget the favors. Party favors are your last chance to make a good impression. Try to choose a favor that’s reusable, like a custom deck of cards for a casino party for example. That way, your guests will think back on all the fun they had every time they deal a hand!
  1. Plan according to your guests. When selecting a venue, date and time, make sure you take your guests schedules into account. While it’s certainly not possible to accommodate all, try selecting a party date that works best for most and is decently local so you have a better turnout.
  1. Have great entertainment. The number one thing that people remember about party is the entertainment. Think outside the box and surprise your guests by rolling in some poker tables on your wedding day, or booking some cigar girls to shower them in snacks.
  1. Be a good host. At the end of the day it’s not only important to throw a good party, but to have a good time as the host. Make sure that you’ve planned enough before hand, so that you’re able to mingle with your guests and enjoy the festivities on the day of the event.

When you work with Casinos by M&M, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that every aspect of your entertainment will be taken care of by us. We believe it’s just as important for you to have a good time, as it is for your guests, and we intend to see to it that you do!

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5 Gambling Hits to Add To Your Casino Party Playlist

There’s nothing like a poorly planned playlist to really ruin a potentially great party. Don’t let your casino party be a flop! Make sure to include some of these great gambling tunes to your party’s playlist for a flawless and fantastic night.

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Poker Face by Lady Gaga – What’s a poker party without this iconic song of the 21st century? Let lady Gaga remind all your guess to keep their poker face strong, while they dance the night away.

Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley – You’d be hard pressed to hit the strip and not find a handful of Elvis impersonators wandering around. Elvis and Las Vegas gambling go hand in hand, which is why this classic deserves a spot on your party playlist.

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers – You’ll be sure your guests know when to hold’em and when to fold’em with this hit. This one’s perfect if your poker party, especially if friends are really into Texas Hold’Em.

Ace of Spades by Motorhead – Keep your eye on the prize with this great tune. Remind your guests to keep on waiting on that Ace of Spades!

Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra – Slow things down with some soulful tunes by this legendary musician. Let Frank Sinatra help your guests get in the betting spirit, whether they’ve got their own lady luck or not!

No matter what kind of party you’re planning, Casinos by M&M can help you make it a memorable one. From music and casino games, to live entertainment and photo booths, we’ve got all you need to throw the party of the year!

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The History of Poker Chips

Today, poker chips are a staple of casinos and gambling worldwide, but this was not always the case. In fact, these valuable tokens were not even a thought until the 1880s.

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Way back when, in the nineteenth century, poker players would wager small tokens of value in place of modern day poker chips. These included tiny nuggets of gold and even gold dust. While wagering personal property and gold as currency was the norm back then, the need for a standardized betting solution was definitely evident.

In reaction to this desperate need, casino and saloon owners began handing out their own standardized substitutes, including pieces of ivory, bone, and clay. However, as you can imagine these were very easy to replicate and many early gamers caught onto this quickly. This prompted owners to begin customizing their betting tokens with personalized symbols.

And so, the idea for a standardized poker chip was born! In the 1880s entrepreneurs began to realize the potential capital gain that would come from mass producing a standard poker chip, and so they set out creating them from clay composition — just like the poker chips we know today.

The invention of the poker chip changed the way the game of poker was played and revolutionized the gaming industry as a whole. These days, casinos owners and poker chips manufacturers are better equipped to handle and catch counterfeiters. Each chip has it’s own unique weight, texture and feel. Some are even manufactured with microchips or serial numbers for added protection.

Here at Casinos by M&M, we take our poker chips seriously, using only the most authentic chips for our wide variety of poker game options. If you’re looking for a genuine, real-life casino experience, we’ve got you covered no matter the occasion!

To learn more about the services and poker games we can provide, click here to view our website or call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!

Testimonial Spotlight: Casinos by M&M Delivers in a Big Way!

Here at Casinos by M&M we are proud of the exceptional party planning services and rentals that we provide. Our number one goal has always been to help our clients plan the perfect party with tons of great entertainment and excitement to ensure their guests have a blast.

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When you choose Casinos by M&M you can rest assure that our team will do everything we can to manage every aspect of your party, leaving you free to mingle with your guests and tend to what really matters — making memories!

This simple philosophy has made us the most sought-after casino party company in the industry, and here’s a testimonial from one of our satisfied customers to prove it:

From the time I made the initial phone call to your company, regarding my husband’s surprise 40th birthday, I was impressed. I was not familiar with casino parties, nor was I totally sold on the idea. But after talking to you and Pat, whom by the way is another sweetheart, I have to say I realized I was dealing with professionals.

You and your staff explained everything to me in detail and put me more at ease. I was still a little nervous about the whole thing because I wanted things done just right. Being a person as such, I called your office a number of times with questions that you or Pat was eagerly willing to answer. You realized I was nervous and you kept assuring me everything would be fine. For this I thank you.

The big night was just that, big grand, fabulous and most of all professional and fun. The slots, the blackjack tables, the roulette table, craps table, and “funny money”, were all a hit, to say the least. The dealers were professional and one nicer than the other. Please extend my thanks to them for me again.

Things worked out just as you said they would. You more than surpassed any expectations I had. I was ecstatic, and best of all my husband was totally impressed. Friends called my house telling me it was the best party they were ever at. It is now October, the party was in August, and my friends and I still talk about it!

Once again, I’d like to thank you and your staff for a successful, fabulous party.

Sincerely,
Gloria Palermo
Totally Satisfied Customer

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How to Host a Fun & Exciting Party

In today’s day and age free time is hard to come by, so when you do have a chance to get together with friends and family it’s important that everything is perfect! Afterall, if you’re going to make memories, you might as well do it right. If you’re looking to plan a fun gathering in the future, here are a few tips to help make your planning process easier and your party memorable.

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Give ample notice. What’s a party without your guests? Once you solidify a date, make sure to send out invites as soon as possible. Ideally, your guests should receive their invitations at least three weeks in advance so they have time to pencil your party in!

Make a plan. The best party is an organized party, and what better way to make sure you hit all the necessary elements than with a to-do list? Write out everything you need to accomplish for your party, and set deadlines so you don’t forget.

Get some finger foods. Unless you’re hosting a large event at a catering hall, forgo the fancy dinner and opt for something more simple. A variety of appetizers and finger foods will usually do the trick. Not only are they easy to make, but they allow your guests to get their party on without the interruption of a sit-down dinner.

Choose a theme. Pick something unique and fun for everyone — like a casino party! Make sure to really play up the theme in all aspects of your party planning, from food choices and decor, to recommended party attire. The more involved you can get your guests the better!

Plan plenty of activities. All memorable parties have at least one thing in common — exciting entertainment! No one wants to go to a party where people are sitting around in silence. Having a wide variety of activities — or in our opinion, casino games — is a sure-fire way to get everyone involved, excited and having fun.

If you’re looking for the perfect entertainment for your party or friendly gathering, we suggest you give Casinos by M&M a call. With a wide variety of casino games, top-notch DJs, professional performers and more, you’re bound to find the perfect entertainment to make this your party a genuine hit!

To learn more about our entertainment options, click here to visit us on the web or call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST today! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!

Top 5 Gambling States in the US

Gambling is just one of the many great American pastimes, and boy do we have the statistics to prove it! The National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC) has suggested that Americans spend more on gambling than on recorded music, theme parks, video games, spectator sports and movie tickets combined. In fact, they estimated a whopping $910 billion is spent on gambling country-wide per year. However, some US states are bigger gamblers than others, and we’ve brought you the top five grossing gambling states to confirm it!

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  1. Indiana – Home to thirteen casinos, Indiana grosses an approximate $2.3 billion dollar gaming revenue per year. Each of their casinos — be it a riverboat or land-based location — charge a $3 admission tax per person, which brings in about $806.6 million alone.
  1. Louisiana – Bringing in about $2.4 billion each year, this state is known for its eighteen casinos, but most notably for its racetracks. In fact, the American Gaming Association reported that 18% of the revenue generated at their racetrack casinos is paid directly to the horsemen themselves.
  1. New Jersey – While four of its twelve casinos closed in the past year, New Jersey’s Atlantic City is still holding its spot at number three on our list, averaging $2.87 billion in gaming revenue annually. Just a step behind the iconic Vegas strip, New Jersey was the second state to legalize casinos in 1976, opening its first shortly after in 1978.
  1. Pennsylvania – First legalized in 2004, casino gambling is still pretty new to PA who opened its first casino in 2007. From traditional to racetrack casinos, Pennsylvania horse races, slots and table games bring in about $3.1 billion in revenue between its 11 casinos.
  1. Nevada – As if you expected anything less! Nevada holds down the number one spot thanks to the legendary Las Vegas strip, home to 265 casinos pulling a whopping $11.1 billion dollar revenue per year. In just 2012 alone, the American Gaming Association reported 52.3 million visitors!

While there are many wonderful casinos out there nationwide, there’s nothing quite like a night spent pressing your luck from the comfort of your own home or a local neighborhood venue. No matter what the occasion is — wedding, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, corporate event, fundraiser, etc. — bringing real life casino action to your guests will make your party a memorable one.

To learn more about the services and casino games that Casinos by M&M can provide, click through our website or call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for the latest in gaming tips and trends!

#FactFriday: Slot Machines – Fact v. Fiction

You may have heard that slot machines have the worst odds out of any game in the casino and it’s usually true. Winning big on a slot machine will take a lot more time, effort and money than it can take to get lucky in roulette, yet slot machines are still one of the most played casino games across the board.

While this myth might have been true, there are many others that deserve debunking when it comes to slots. Here are some of the most common:

Myth: Casinos program their slot machines to go through a specific cycle of plays versus payouts, and their payout amount is limited by a programmed percentage of bets taken.
Fact: Negative! Each spin is completely randomized and independent of the spins before and after it. It doesn’t matter if someone just hit the jackpot, the odds are always the same on every spin.

Myth: You have a better chance of a higher payout if you don’t insert your player card.
Fact: Much like the programmable payout myth, this is also a fallacy. The machine will not take into account whether a card has been inserted, and these two mechanisms actually function completely independent of one another.

Myth: It is possible for casinos to tighten the odds of a specific gaming machine with just the push of a button.
Fact: While this can be true for some machine, there are regulations in place to make sure that alterations are not made on the spot. Some rules require a specific amount of idle time before a machine can be remotely tightened. However, most machines still require alterations to be made manually.

Myth: Slot machines are looser during the week and on off-days, but harder to win on during high traffic times like weekends and holidays.
Fact: While it’s possible to do, it would take a ton of time and effort to keep altering the odds on each machine weekly or even seasonally. Plus, they want you to win! Winning means you’ll come back and try your luck again.

Now that some of the most common slot machine myths have been debunked, are you ready to press your luck? Casinos by M&M can bring the slots to you for your next party or gathering!

To learn more about our wide variety of slot machines and casinos games, call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST or visit our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

How to Be a Better Poker Player

Do you love playing poker, but wish you could win a bit more than you lose? Here are a few simple tips to help you improve your poker skills and take home the pot!

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to fold. Playing every hand isn’t always best. In fact, it’s a common misconception that the more hands you play the better your odds. This is false and in actuality, failing to fold on bad hands will actually decrease your odds and make you lose more.

Tip #2: Keep your composure. It’s easy to toss back a few too many while sitting around the table with some buddies for a poker night, or even whilst playing in a casino, but that extra beer or martini can cost you. Poker is a real “thinking game” which means your head must be clear at all times!

Tip #3: Hold the bluffs. While bluffing can be a very effective technique, it’s important to know when to bluff and when to fold. In order to successfully bluff, the situation must be perfect and you must be able to read your opponents perfectly.

Tip #4: Don’t let emotions get in the way. Playing poker when you’re mad, sad or in an overall bad mood can be detrimental to your money pile. Letting your emotions get the best of you can cause you to make bad or rash judgement calls.

Tip #5: Pay attention! Make sure you’re keeping track of the cards that have been dealt and the moves that your opponents are making. Even after you fold, it’s important to continue to pay attention in order to understand and read your opponents for upcoming hands.

Do you have any great poker advice for fellow players? We’d love to hear all about it on our Facebook page!

When it comes to playing poker practice makes perfect, so why not practice with your friends and family at a casino party or poker night thrown by Casinos by M&M? We’ve got a wide variety of poker variations with authentic tables to match.

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At Casinos by M&M, we know how important it is for our customers to throw a unique and memorable party that their guests will be talking about for years to come That’s why we pride ourselves on supplying the best DJs, party goods, dancers, party games, and just about anything you need to wow your guests! Casino parties are our specialty and we provide authentic casino tables and equipment, and professional dealers who will not only run your tables but interact with your guests in an irresistible way.

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Locally owned and operated by the two M&M Twins – Michael and Marco – Casinos by M&M has fast become a leader in the casino party and entertainment industry on Long Island, in Queens and in the surrounding areas. We know that a great reputation is built on integrity which is why we always put our customers needs first, and have been doing so for more than 25 years.

No matter what type of party or gathering you’re looking to plan, our professional party planners and wide selection of entertainment options are guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

To learn more about Casinos by M&M and available party games and services, check out our brand new animated video from our YouTube channel below!

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If you have additional inquiries about our services or would like to book a party, check out our website or call us at 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST!

If you live on Long Island, in Queens or the surrounding areas and are looking for unique, reliable and quality entertainment for your next party or fundraiser, Casinos by M&M is the obvious choice!

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