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How a Casino Night Fundraiser Works

Casino night fundraisers may seem complicated, but they’re actually fairly simple. Attendees make a donation to gain access to the event, and they’re given a set amount of chips. These chips don’t represent real money—you can even create custom chips branded to your nonprofit that attendees can take home as a souvenir.

Because these chips don’t represent real money, no actual gambling occurs at a casino night fundraiser. This is the beauty of the event—you won’t need to jump through any legal hoops around gambling, and attendees still get the fun and experience.

At the end of the event, award prizes to the attendees who won the most chips. These prizes can range from gift baskets to free cruises or vacations. You can even partner with local businesses and ask them to contribute prizes for the winners, in exchange for advertisement and including their branding on your promotional materials.

5 Tips for a Great Casino Night Fundraiser

1. Set a concrete goal and budget.

Setting a concrete goal and budget will help you establish clear expectations regarding fundraising for your casino night fundraiser. It will also help you keep costs down and realistically decide what your offerings for your event will be.

2. Hire professional dealers.

While professional dealers aren’t necessary for a great casino night, they can really elevate your attendees’ experience and make the event seem much more polished and professional.

3. Serve food and drinks.

Casino night fundraisers usually run for several hours, and your attendees might get hungry or thirsty while they’re playing games. Consider serving little hors d’oeuvres to add to the elegant atmosphere, and if your event attendees are adults, you can also offer cocktails.

4. Choose a theme.

Themes can help your event feel more polished and cohesive, and the possibilities are endless. For example, you could have a Vegas night theme, a James Bond theme, or a jazzy speakeasy theme.

5. Play music.

Music helps attendees feel more connected and immersed with your event. If you have an established theme, play music that aligns with it. Or, you can hire a live band and singer for extra entertainment!

Games to Offer at Your Casino Night

Here are some games you can offer at your casino night:

  • Blackjack
  • Poker
  • Craps

While card games and dice games are convenient to offer because they have a low upfront cost, consider including other crowd-pleasing casino games such as roulette to increase attendee satisfaction.