Featured Casino Parties in January of '07
American Alpha, Incorporated Team Building Casino Party
On January, 13th American Alpha
held its annual corporate holiday event at Charlie Brown's Restaurant
in Kingston, New Jersey. The President of the company had identified to us that at previous year's holiday events the employees along with their dates left to early in the evening. His objective was to keep his employees at their holiday event as long as possible and to make sure that they were enjoing themselves.
This was the first time that American Alpha had hired us for their company event and with a clear objective identified, the casino planners at WOW Entertainment along with the President of American Alpha worked together to plan a program for the evening. The guest count for the evening was fifty guests and besides the amusements of a Double Pop-A-Shot and a Skill Crane for the kids, we provided one Blackjack Oak table
, a Texas Hold Em Deluxe and our newest Roulette Sedona table. These three authentic casino tables allowed for up to 29 guests to gamble at one time. As a point of reference our regulation blackjack tables accomodate 7 guests, the Texas Hold Em Deluxe accomodates 10 guests and the Roulette Sedona with a 30 inch all wooden roulette wheel acccomodates 12 guests at a time. When planning a casino party or event, we can not stress the importance of knowing the amount of guests you expect. With a guest count of 50 and 29 playing positions, the casino tables were accomodating a little bit more that 50% of the guests at any given time. This is our company's normal rule of thumb, especially when there are other forms of entertainment such as a disc jockey or band, an open bar with televisions playing sporting activities and in this particular example a sit down meal.
The casino event opened with our professional dealers providing a twenty minute introductory & practice period for all the guests to familiarize themselves with each casino game. The next time period of 45 minutes was a casino event team building exercise. The guests were divided randomaly into five teams. A captain was selected for each team and each team was given a predetermined amout of casino chips. At the conclusion of this time period, the team with the highest amount of casino chips was announced the winner. Each member of the team was then awarded a prize provided by American Alpha.
The nex time period of 45 minutes was dedicated to individual tournaments for each table game of Blackjack, Roulette & Texas Hold Em. Prior to the start of this time period, each guest was given the exact amout of chips. Guests were allowed to select their casino game of choice and then play began. The individual with the most amount of chips on each casino game at the conclusion was provided an individual prize for their winnings.
The last time period of this casino event allowed each guest to play whatever game they chose. All guests were allowed to move freely at any time from Blackjack, Roulette & Texas Hold Em. As in the previous periods, each guest was provided a fixed amount of chips prior to the start of this event. The top three individuals at the conclusion of this time period were awarded prizes.
Upon following up with the president of American Alpha after this casino event, he stated the following; " You and your team exceeded our expectations for the event. I received more positive comments regarding the evening from our employees than I had in past years, and I noticed that the employees were staying longer ( meaning that they were enjoying themselves). The dealers were professional and really made it a point to make sure that everyone was having a good time."
Event Strategy Group Casino Event for Lincoln Financial Group's Awards Night
At the Philadelphia Convention Center on January 25th, Event Strategy Group of Philadelphia coordinated an awards night for Lincoln Financial Group for 800 guests. The event was held in the Upstairs Grand Ballroom & Foyer adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. The primary focus of this event was the awards presentation & dinner. Once the dinner & awards were completed, the guests were allowed to continue to enjoy themselves on a variety of casino tables with fun the primary objective.
Amongst the tables at this casino event were ten blackjack oak, three Texas Hold Em Professional, three Roulette Sedona and three Craps tables. These tables totaled 181 playing positions for the participants at this event. The casino tables were placed on the outer perimeter of the Grand Ballroom and the Texas Hold Professional tables were placed in the Foyer.
The casino event was a success as evidenced by the statement from the Event Strategy Group; "The casino night was a smashing success for Lincoln Financial-they were really "WOW"d".
This particular casino event did present certain production & logistical considerations. The arrival time, setup time & load out time had to be properly coordinated with the Philadelphia Convention Center and our client in order to correctly budget the necessary labor required. For the casino event itself, we had to properly setup the appropriate procedures in order to cash out all the participants prior to the announcement of the prizes. This was acheived by providing a cash out area in the Foyer as well as cashing out the guests in each section where there were tables inside the Grand Ballroom.