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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5 Ways to Make Your Office Holiday Party Memorable

Since when did so many people get the “bah humbug” spirit when it comes to their company’s holiday party? Sure employees are busy this time of year and everyone has heard the stories of parties running out of food or someone enjoying the open bar a little too much – but the reality is, holiday parties are a great way to boost office moral and mingle with coworkers you normally don’t run into between 9 and 5. If you’re planning a corporate holiday party this year, here are just a few ways to make sure your party is a hit!

Theme: When was the last time you got to dress like you were going to a masquerade ball or Christmas in July party? The point of a holiday party is to break away from the normal work day environment, so get creative. If you’re on the fence about a theme, send out a questionnaire to your employees or ask them to vote on their favorite theme.

Superlatives: Have employees anonymously send in superlatives or “most likely to” awards for each other. Employees might be praised throughout the year for their work accomplishments, but this is the chance to get a little more creative. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it and hand out the “most likely to oversleep,” “best hair,” and “office clown” awards.

Food & Drinks: Everyone’s diet is different, so try to make sure you get plenty of diverse food that will accommodate people who are gluten free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc. And when it comes to the bar, no matter how you chose to celebrate, just make sure everyone knows what to expect so they can plan accordingly. Make sure employees know if it will be a cash bar, if it’s just beer and wine or if it is fully open.

Games: After greetings have ended and everyone has found their seat and settled in, there can be a bit of a lull (because let’s face it – no one wants to be the first one on the dance floor). Keep guests entertained from the moment they walk in with games or raffles.

Give a Gift: Say your final thank you for a year well done with a personalized gift from the company. Whether it’s something practical, like an external battery or something a little more relaxed like personalized wine glasses, employees are sure to love the gesture.

“The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” — Richard Branson

Your employees work hard all year, so take this night to really show them how much you appreciate their contributions to the company.

Casinos by M&M is a casino & DJ party company serving the Tri-State New York area. We specialize in authentic casino parties and party supplies. Our charismatic, professional dealers and exciting casino action will make your next office party one to remember. For more information about our services, visit our website or dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST!

Make Your Office Holiday Party Memorable

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties, and with December around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning yours! End of the year holiday events help boost company morale, bring employees together, and allow everyone let loose after a long year of hard work and have some fun. That being said, here are some tips and tricks to help you create an office holiday party your employees and clients will never forget.

Set A Theme

You have many options when it comes to choosing a theme – masquerade, casino night, or “ugly sweater parties,” to name a few. Try to incorporate the theme throughout the night as much as possible – from the decorations to the games. You can even ask people to dress up – employees love a chance to drop their business attire and let their creative side show!

Send Invitations

Instead of telling the employees about the party through word of mouth, send out an invitation. Whether it be an e-invite or a personalized letter in the mail – people love to be invited, personally!

Set Up Food And Drinks

Want to make everyone happy? Make sure to provide them with a variety of the best food and drinks all night long. Large amount of vegan/vegetarians? Have a table for the meat-free entrees. Half of the company hates seafood? Sliders are a sure shot way to make everyone happy.

Hire A Photographer

Go one step beyond your iPhone photos and hire a professional. Update your blog and website with pictures from the night. Clients enjoy seeing the real people behind the employees and the company. This also allows everyone to enjoy their night without worrying if their blurry phone photos will make the cut for the company blog. Bonus Tip: Create a hashtag for the party so everyone, including present and future clients, can look back on your fun night with ease.

Give Out Awards/Superlatives

No matter the size of the company, a holiday party is the perfect time to recognize employees and their achievements. Think outside of the box – keep some of the awards serious but also fun! Some options include, “Best Dressed,” “Most likely to…” or “It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere.” This can bring the employees together in a more casual and personal way.

Looking to bring a casino night theme to your holiday office party this year? Allow Casinos by M&M to assist you! We allow your guests to experience all the authenticity of a real live casino, without ever setting foot on a plane. For more information about our casino party offerings, call 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST today.

10 Fun Casino Facts You Probably Never Heard

The casino and gaming world is rich with fun facts and cultural history. So rich in fact, that we’re positive even the most devoted gaming aficionado might not be able to name all ten of the fun facts we have listed out below:

Fact #1: The word casino is derived from an Italian word, meaning “small villa,” or “summerhouse,“ built purely for enjoyment. Later in the 19th century the meaning shifted to include public entertainment spaces, which is how it eventually became associated with the gaming world.

Fact #2: Those flashing lights on top of the slot machine are actually called candles — only these kind you don’t want to blow out. Instead, you hope they light right up!

Fact #3: The popular phrase “jackpot,” originated as a form of poker. In this variation, the pot continued to grow until a player could open the bidding with a pair of jacks or better.

Fact #4: Slot machine enthusiasts in Australia call their beloved machines “pokies!

Fact #5: Money raised from gambling and lotteries has been used to fund many public building projects, including construction of The Great Wall of China.

Fact #6: On that note, it is said that former President Richard Nixon used funds from bets he won playing cars in the South Pacific during WWII to fund his congressional election campaign.

Fact #7: It’s true that Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the U.S., but Macau is the gambling capital of the world, with bets bringing in $45.2 billion in revenue in 2016.

Fact #8: The first slot machines didn’t always pay winners in cash. In fact, the bar owners who housed these machines was at liberty to award prizes however he/she saw fit, most often in the form of free beer or cigars.

Fact #9: FedEx creator Fred Smith used the last of his company funds to take to the blackjack tables in Las Vegas. His hope was to win enough to pull his business out of debt, which he certainly did!

Fact #10: The Super Big Bertha is the largest slot machine in the world, at over 8 feet tall and 6.5 feet wide. It’s eight spinning reels make the odds of hitting a mere 1 in 25.6 billion!

If you’re planning an event to celebrate the holiday season, contact Casinos by M&M to learn about our casino and party entertainment options! For more information dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST or visit us online.

Top 5 Casinos Around The World

Here in the tri-state area, we have access to plenty of great casinos. Just take the Atlantic City strip for example, or ever popular Mohegan Sun casino so close by. But none of these can compare to the grandeur and luxury of the world’s top five casinos we’ve listed below.

Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

This grand gambling complex was built in 1850 with ulterior motives behind it. It was meant to serve as a source of income for the House of Grimaldi, the ruling family at the time, to save them from bankruptcy. Though the casino underwent a full renovation in 2011, all the ornate ceilings and tapestries, as well as the crystal chandeliers were restored to their original glory.

Casino Baden-Baden, Germany

Ahh, Baden-Baden. The town so nice, they named it twice! Home to one of Germany’s gaming and wellness hot spots, this casino began as an exclusive destination for European elite during the Prussian era. It has been called “the most beautiful casino in the world,” by German actress Marlene Dietrich, and rightfully so — boasting deep shades of crimson decor and massive crystal chandeliers held up by velvet ropes.

Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada USA

That’s right, one of the United States’ very own made the cut. The Wynn Las Vegas is stylish, sexy and luxurious, boasting a four-star rating. It’s full of whimsical artwork and exotic gardens that are sure to captivate. Plus, it’s home to a 26-table poker room!

The Ritz Club, London

If it sounds swanky, that’s because it is! This members only casino is tucked away in the basement of The Ritz London, an exclusive hidden gem. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve even built some discreet gaming rooms for high-rollers looking to raise the stakes even more.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macau

Modeled after it’s sister in Las Vegas, this giant casino and resort boasts 10.6 million square feet of gaming tables, slot machines, sports and entertainment arenas, shopping and even a faux-Venice gondola ride. Make sure you hit the Dragon Phoenix tables when you visit — an exclusive coin game that made its debut here in 2011. With luxury suites and over 550,000 square feet of gambling bliss, this casino is at the top of the list!

Honorable Mentions

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut USA

This gambling lovers dream is closest to our home here on Long Island! Foxwoods is not only full of entertainment and activity, but it was built amidst the lush green landscaping of the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, creating a serenity not found in most other casinos. With over 380 game tables, 6300 slots and a child-friendly arcade, this is a great destination for weekend getaways and family vacations alike!

MGM Grand Casino, Nevada USA

Located in the third largest hotel in the world, this casino is home to one of the largest gaming floors on the Las Vegas strip. Its 171,500 square feet host 139 tables and 2500 gaming machines. The casino encourages sports betting in their state-of-the-art sports area, equipped with 60 plasma televisions for your viewing pleasure.

If you’d like to experience all the authenticity of a real live casino, without ever setting foot on a plane, allow Casinos by M&M to assist. Our genuine gaming tables and friendly dealers can turn your next event into a luxurious trip to one of these five top casinos in no time.

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Halloween Events On Long Island This Weekend

Halloween is right around the corner, and Long Islanders as celebrating in a big way — with plenty of family fun entertainment island-wide! If you’re looking to get out and experience a few pre-Halloween treats this weekend, here are some of the most exciting events ahead.

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Saturday, October 22

  • Rundead 5k Zombie Run & Fall Festival: Located in the heart of Massapequa, this annual trail run is sure to be a scream! Either sign up as a runner, dodging zombies as you go, or as a zombie, stumbling, chasing and stealing flags off the runners’ belts. Or perhaps you’d like to stand on the sideline and enjoy the Fall Family festival afterward. No matter what you choose, you’ll be supporting the Long Island Special Olympics by participating!

Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23

  • Hempstead House of Horrors 2016: Brave the halls of the Hempstead House mansion, a building that once housed orphans in the 1940s. Experience the spooky, scary on-goings that have been reported in the haunted house for yourself — just make sure you’re over the age of 18 or accompanied by a parent. This is a spooky one, so leave children under 14 at home.
  • Adventureland’s Pumpkin Park 2016: Dress up and enjoy two full days of fun, safe trick-or-treating at Long Island’s favorite amusement park! Entry is free, but if you’d like to get in on the park ride action as well, tickets will be sold separately at regular price.
  • Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival 2016: The perfect fall festival for the little ones in your life! Enjoy two days of family fun and Halloween entertainment. There’ll be hayrides, a 5-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, kiddy train rides, inflatable slides and much more!

Sunday, October 23

  • Spooky Scavenger Hunt: Head on down to Heckscher State Park for a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt, produced by the Regional Environmental Education Team. The hunt stars at 1:30 p.m. and includes an educational nature walk. There is an entry fee of $3 per child, and reservations are required in advance.

Wishing you a ton of fun enjoying all the Halloween festivities this weekend! If you’re planning a fall event to celebrate the season yourself, contact Casinos by M&M to learn about our casino and party entertainment options! For more information dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST or visit us online.

6 Great Gamblers Who Beat The Odds

Everyone walks into a casino thinking “today is the day my luck will change,” but unfortunately for most, it rarely does. But what if luck had nothing to do with your winning or losing? Here are six people who — either through great intelligence, practice or just plain cheating — knew they would be leaving a winner.

 

1. Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo

As the first person to exploit the wheel bias in roulette, Garcia-Pelayo was able to beat the odds. Wheel bias is the belief that every roulette wheel favors some numbers over others, because of minute differences in the internal gears and leveling. Using what he learned from studying hundreds of wheels, he bet on that wheels’ “hot numbers,” giving him a 15% edge over the house. For a decade he studied and hit every casino from Spain to America, earning a total of $1.5 million in winnings.

2. Keith Taft

After decades of research and development, Taft created a wearable computer that helped him count cards. After just one week, Taft won $40,000. His other famous inventions include a belt buckle video camera, used to see the dealer’s hole card and a computer that could tell the positioning of cards in a perfectly shuffled deck.

3. Ida Summers

Ida Summers’ good looks, small frame and social graces allowed her to pull off the most daring cons ever attempted at a casino. Summers was a pro at swapping out the dealer’s deck with her own pre stacked ones, known as a cool deck. After thousands of dollars won and even more people conned, her luck ultimately ran out when the FBI arrested her.

4. Tommy Glenn Carmichael

Also known as the man who could beat any slot machine, Carmichael made his fortune by hacking nearly every machine across Las Vegas. Carmichael created a “light wand” that he was able to insert into a machine, cut off the light sensor and drop the coins. Ironically, Carmichael now works with slot machine manufacturers to help make foolproof machines.

5. Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio

Unlike others who tricked the game in order to make money, Colavecchio went straight to the source. Throughout the 90’s, he created almost exact replicas of slot machine coins. He was not caught until casino managers realized there were thousands more coins in stock than were ever ordered by the casino itself. Like Carmichael, he too now works with law enforcement to prevent and catch counterfeiters.

6. Edward Thorp

Known as the father of card counting, Thorp not only used the method, he also created it. By essentially keeping track of what value cards were where on the table, Thorp and his friend, Claude Shannon, left the casino with roughly $70,000 every time. Because no one had ever heard of card counting, Thorp was never actually caught, but he was kicked out of every casino he entered because he was suspected of cheating.

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6 Winning Tips To Keep In Mind At The Casino

Why do we hit the casino? To have fun, sure, but mostly — to win! That’s why it’s important to go in with a clear mind and a solid strategy. Fortunately, these five casino tips can help you do just that.

  1. Scope out your dealers. Before you sit down at a table, assess the the entire situation — including the dealer’s abilities. We’re not saying they’re not professionals, but just like the rest of us they can get a bit tired and sloppy at times. For example, try to spot a dealer that accidentally flashes the face-down card in blackjack. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you can gain a 6-9% advantage over the house.
  2. Never lose focus. Don’t let those flashing lights, loud music and attractive waitstaff fool you! Keep your drinking to a minimum and your eyes on the prize. That includes checking payouts before committing to a bet!
  3. Skip the slots. Sure, they’re flashy and fun, but they’re not likely to help you hit it big. Experts say “the average slot machine is probably two, three times more costly to players than the table games,” so why waste the money? Head to the tables for your best odds, and go big or go home!
  4. Avoid the glitz and glam. Casinos trend to put the lowest paying games amidst the most action. That way, they can lure you in the flashing lights and excitement, but not actually have to let you win. Sneaky right? The important lesson here is, don’t walk into the light!
  5. Stay way from Keno. This popular game lotto-like game of chance can be a real money pit for players. It carries the absolute worst odds of any casino game. In fact, the odds of matching all 20 numbers on a 20-slot ticket are about 1 in 3.5 quintillion — yes, you read that right!
  6. Don’t forget your watch. Casino owners want you to get lost in the excitement, playing into all hours of the night. For that reason, you’ll rarely find clocks or windows on the casino floor. Do yourself a favor and wear a watch so you can keep track of time and pace yourself.

Do you have any great tips you’d like to share with your fellow gamers? We’d love to hear all about them on our Facebook page!

Casinos by M&M is a casino & DJ party company serving the Tri-State New York area. We specialize in authentic casino parties and party supplies. Our charismatic, professional dealers and exciting casino action will make your next party one to remember. For more information about our services, visit our website or dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST!

Casino Themed Halloween Costumes For the Whole Family

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and Halloween will be here before you know it! If you’re looking to break the mold and take home first prize in the costume contest at your family’s annual Halloween party, we know just the thing. These DIY casino-themed costume ideas will have your friends and family bowing down to your genius costume creating abilities in no time!

Deck of Cards: Keep it simple with this casino classic! Grab your friends, family and some oak tag and start assembling your deck today!

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Pair of Dice: Put those old cardboard boxes in the attic to good use and craft a pair of DIY dice! We recommend rolling instead of walking to keep yourself in character.

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Dealer In Training: Who says strollers have to get in the way of a great Halloween costume? Use it to your advantage for this adorable baby costume idea.

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Why not show up in style with a mix of all three costume ideas? When it comes to group Halloween costumes, more is always merrier! We can’t wait to see photos of your winning look on our Facebook page.

Casinos by M&M is a casino & DJ party company serving the Tri-State New York area. We specialize in authentic casino parties and party supplies. Our charismatic, professional dealers and exciting casino action will make your next party one to remember. For more information about our services, click here to visit our website or dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST!

Silly & Surprising Blackjack Myths

Think you know everything about your favorite casino game? Think again! There are plenty of blackjack myths that have been around for centuries, and we’re here to take a look at some of the most popular.

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Myth: Having newbies at the table hinders your odds of winning big.
It’s this myth that keeps novice players from trying their luck at a casino table! Many people will blame other players for their loss if those players don’t play a deal how they feel it should have been played. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how other individuals play the game. Mathematically speaking, the cards of another have no effect on the cards that you hold or how you play them.

Myth: You should always avoid sitting in the last seat at a table.
This superstition says the last seat gets dealt the worst hand, but more importantly, holds the most responsibility. Similar to the novice myth, other players are more likely to get angry with the last seat player. “If he had only stayed and not hit, the dealer would have busted!” Unfortunately, this logic is flawed. As we said, mathematically speaking everyone has the same odds.

Myth: The cards have a plan — with the order that they appear in that is.
Many believe that once a game has started, players cannot join or leaves. They feel that it disrupts the “sacred order” of the cards and brings bad luck to other players. Like in the two myths above, we have to remember that blackjack is all about chance and equal opportunity. Sure, switching up the players will change the order of the cards, but that doesn’t change the odds!

In the game of blackjack you can’t blame others for their losses! At the end of the day, everyone has a fair shot and a fair crack at strategy. The only way to increase your odds is with practice — which is why we suggest booking a blackjack table for your next party or event from Casinos by M&M.

To learn how you can face the dealer with family and friends on your very own blackjack table, visit us online or dial 1-800-HAVE-A-BLAST.

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