Shopping for the Right Casino Party Vendor for your Special Event? Start Here!

Have you been tasked with finding a casino party vendor to handle the casino portion of your corporate event, successful fundraiser, or private party, and do you need help figuring out where to start?

Let us help you understand the differences between casino party vendors and ensure you ask the right questions to get everything you need to host an unforgettable event.

There are nearly as many hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as there are casino party companies. If you have ever been to Las Vegas, you know there is a vast difference between the experience offered at each property. You will experience the magical fountains and the ever-changing conservatory at the Bellagio. While down the street at Circus-Circus, you will experience psychotic-looking clowns dressed head to toe in blue and pink.

It is okay if blue and pink are your colors.

Below is a list of things that set companies apart, so examine all the important ones.

Professionalism and Experience:

Our clients often look for companies with a proven track record of hosting successful casino events. Check for how long a vendor has been in business and any notable events they have organized.

  • iHostPoker Casino Parties has been in business since 2004
  • We host the largest charity poker tournament in the country with over $2M in donation
  • One table or 100 tables, we have the staffing and equipment to do the job right.

Variety of Games:

A diverse selection of casino games is crucial for a successful casino party. Ensure that the vendor offers a variety of games. Not only poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps. More variety means more fun for you and your guests.

Quality of Equipment:

Casino tables, chips, and the quality of other gaming equipment can significantly impact the overall experience. Choose a company that provides high-quality and well-maintained equipment.

  • All iHostPoker Casino Parties tables have been updated as of December 1st, 2023, so despite being in business for over 20+ years, our tables don’t look like it.

Customization Options:

Some clients may want to personalize their casino events with specific themes, decorations, or branded items. iHostPoker Casino Parties offers customization options to suit your preferences.

  • How about custom chips, custom felts, or custom cards? We can help!

Professional Staff & Positive Reviews and Testimonials:

Trained and friendly dealers can enhance the atmosphere of the event. Look for reviews or testimonials on social media like Facebook, Google, and Yelp regarding the professionalism and expertise of a vendor’s staff.

  • No one has more 5 Star reviews than iHostPoker Casino Parties
  • iHostPoker offers ongoing training annually for all of our new and existing dealers

Legal Compliance:

Ensure the company complies with all legal requirements for casino events in your location. This includes any necessary permits and adherence to gambling regulations.

  • iHostPoker Casino Parties will keep you on the right side of the law
  • Watch out for companies that do not charge sales tax. Companies that do not collect sales tax are not registered with the state and are probably not legitimate companies
  • A vendor that does not take credit cards is a red flag that they may not be a legitimate company

Insurance Coverage:

A reputable company should have liability insurance to protect the client and themselves in case of unforeseen incidents. They are only a legitimate company if the vendor can supply you with a valid Certificate of Insurance (COI) with a minimum $2M umbrella coverage.

Customer Service:

Good communication and responsiveness are essential. Choose a company that is easy to reach, attentive to your needs, and provides transparent information about their services.

  • We strive to be the best in the business, and without a doubt, iHostPoker Casino Parties delivers outstanding customer service every time.

Make sure the Vendor is Local or at least close:

This may be the most critical point and something that many clients were unaware of. Several casino party companies advertise on Google, claiming to be in your area, but they are not.

These “national companies” prey on unsuspecting shoppers, hoping you will book your event with them so they can call a local vendor (like iHostPoker) and try to get us to host your event for much less than they charged you. The only problem is that if none of the local vendors accepts their lowball offer to host your event, you will receive an email from the original vendor stating that they cannot host your event due to (insert lame excuse here).

This happens more often in December when casino party vendors are at their busiest

Another essential reason to ensure your vendor is local is that your local vendor knows the area better than anyone else and can anticipate the unexpected. Traffic, weather, and significant events are all things that local vendors use to plan our setup and clean-up schedules.

Last but not least, you pay a lot more for a vendor from out of town because their expenses are much higher to get the equipment and dealers from their city to yours.

  • Avoid vendors with 1-800 numbers.
  • Even if they have an address listed, ensure they are there.
  • If they host events nationwide, they are probably subcontracting to a local vendor.

Make sure they have your date available:

Start by checking the date to ensure the vendor you consider is available.

Reputable vendors book the majority of their teams up very quickly and even rent out all of their equipment in a single day, so it is essential to check the date and if it is available.

  • Please think of us like your favorite restaurant; we only have so many tables and are sold out once they are all rented.

The first three weekends, in December and New Year’s Eve, sell out yearly; typically, those dates are long gone by late September or early October. If you find yourself in November and planning a Christmas party for one of the first three weekends in December, I would be very concerned if you come across a vendor that still has tables and dealers close to the holidays. It may be because nobody else wanted them.