So you’ve decided to host a casino themed party, whether for fundraising or just a fun night. Now for the most important decision: which casino games are you going to offer? First, think about what type of ‘casino’ you want yours to be – OTT Las Vegas, a classy 007 affair, or something a little different? Your choice of casino party games will depend on the kind of casino you want to emulate. That being said, there are a few constants to follow.
First of all, pick the right number of games – too few and your party will be boring, too few and your inexperienced guests will be overwhelmed and your party will lack coherence. Also don’t go for games that are too complicated – you want even beginners to be able to take part. That being said, here are a few ideas for casino theme party games that never fail.
Blackjack is one of the most popular table games, and it would be a shame to leave it out. The aim of the game is for your cards to total 21 (Blackjack) or come as near to 21 as possible. Everyone plays agaisnt the dealer who first deals each player two cards, and the house one card face up and one face down. Kings and Queens count as 10s, Aces as 1s or 11s. If you don’t offer Blackjack, we can guarantee some disappointed faces.
As casino party games go, you can’t go wrong with a good dice game. Craps is fast paced and action packed. Players place their bets on the outcome of a throw of two dice, and one player known as “the shooter” throws the dice. The rules are a little complicated though, so for a simpler and more exotic alternative, go for Sic Bo. However, if you want a more classic casino game choose Craps, as your guests are more likely to have heard of it.
If you can get hold of a roulette wheel, this is one of the best casino theme party games out there. It’s fun, fast pace and so easy to understand. The wheel is marked with the numbers 1 to 36, and sometimes the symbols 0 and 00 depending on whether your roulette wheel is American or European. The numbers are alternately red and black, and the 0 and 00 are green. You can bet on several colour and number combinations, making the game exciting and varied without being at all complicated.
Texas Hold ’Em
Texas Hold ‘Em is a nice way to spice up your casino themed party without making it too complicated. However, as a form of Poker, it is the most complicated of the casino party games on this list, so it might be a good idea to print some rules for the guests. Basically, two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets and each player is dealt two cards, face down (“hole cards”). A round of betting takes place. The dealer then flips three cards face up onto the table. These cards (“flops”) are community cards that everyone can use in combination with their hole cards to make a hand. Betting then begins again. The dealer plays another card face up as a fourth community card. Betting begins again, and the dealer plays a fifth card. From here, players use any combination of the 7 cards to form the best possible 5 card Poker hand. A final round of betting occurs, and those who have not folded reveal their hands.
These are just a few of the casino theme party games you could choose. There are a wide number of casino games to pick, as well as other games you can turn into betting games and online casino games you can draw inspiration from. If you follow our advice of picking a few, easy to understand but fun games that go together nicely, you should have a cracking formula for a good night.