Step-by-step: casino night
Dust off your glad rags and transform yourself into
Daniel Craig or Eva Green for the evening! Use a professional
casino provider and dress up your school hall for a glamourous
night of high drama and high living. Martini? Don't mind if I
Gambling and alcohol might not suit every PTA, so speak to your
head teacher and committee to canvas opinion before you start
planning this type of event. But those PTAs who have enjoyed
success with race nights or murder mystery evenings should
definitely give a casino event a try! Bear in mind that a casino
supplier will charge around £300 (which includes staff to run it),
so this might not be your biggest fundraiser, but it certainly
promises to be an event with a difference! Agree a theme and
encourage guests to dress appropriately - try James Bond, black and
white or gangsters and molls.
Firstly book a supplier well in advance of your proposed date
and reserve the school hall.
Consider whether to provide a full meal, a buffet or just
nibbles. If providing hot food, will this be prepared on the
premises or delivered? Your choice will largely depend on whether
you theme your event and how glamourous you intend the evening to
Discuss timings with your casino supplier to work out when food
should be served.
Costs and profits
Sell tickets in advance and adopt a ticket-only policy on the
door. Make sure the ticket price covers your costs and provides a
Raffles and prize draws are a great way to boost takings.
A social event of this nature wouldn't be right without a bar,
however, licence requirements apply if selling alcohol - see
at-a-glance guide to licences.
You'll need a few volunteers to check tickets on arrival and to
help set up and clear away.
If providing food and/or a bar (either alcoholic or
non-alcoholic), you'll need a few people to serve on the night.
Publicising the event
Do you need a gambling licence?
No licence applies, but your event must meet the following
terms: Non-commercial equal chance gaming includes games such as
poker where the chances are equally favourable to all participants
and players are not competing against a bank. The maximum amount
that a player can be charged is £8 per day (including entrance
fees, stakes and any other payments made in relation to the
gaming). Organisers must ensure that the total amount paid out in
prizes remains below £600 in total. The £8 limit is for the gaming
element and would not include payment for drinks or food.
Charitable casino nights can be held as non-commercial prize
gaming without an £8 per person limit applying so are the best
option for PTAs. To qualify, players must be told that the PTA will
benefit from the funds raised before play begins. Prizes must be
advertised before the game starts and must not depend on the number
of people playing or the stakes raised. In the case of PTA casino
nights, the winners are most commonly determined by counting who
has the most casino chips at the end of the night. Winners are then
awarded their prizes.
For more information, go to the Gambling Commission website.
For more information
There are several issues to consider relating to insurance,
licences, etc. See our Event Planning Checklist for more
For our at-a-glance guide to Temporary Event Notices, click here
The above is intended as guidance only. We
recommend that you contact the relevant organisations with specific
reference to insurance, legal, health and safety and child
protection requirements. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held
responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a PTA, based on
the guidance provided.
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