June Howley of Aces Fun Casinos shares some advice.
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Before booking a fun casino night, we’d like you to consider exactly what you are paying for, and how much experience is required to deliver the best entertainment.
For many years, professional fun casino operators have become increasingly frustrated at the number of amateur attempts to reproduce their service. In a free market of course there are no limitations, sadly and the number of what can only be called ‘Mickey Mouse operations’ are increasing. With little or no knowledge of the games or equipment or how a fun casino should be run, the people that suffer are the trusting public – i.e. YOU. In 2015, a number of like minded individuals, all with a solid background in casino dealing and management, all with their own fun casino companies based around the UK, got together and formed the Professional Fun Casino Association (PFCA). In order to join this group they debated and agreed upon a list of exacting criteria for members. These include, of course a previous career history in casino gaming; an established fun casino portfolio, photographic evidence of good quality equipment and accessories, a professional website and a Public Liability Insurance.
High Expectations Demand Solid Experience
For those who are interested in booking a fun casino for their wedding, birthday, corporate event fund raiser or any special occasion, expectations will be very high. The more important the occasion, the higher the expectations – and on the flip side of that coin of course, the greater the disappointment if things don’t turn out right.
Crazy Differences in Casino Equipment Quality
Over the years have witnessed a casino that included a 6″ toy wheel rather than the professional, full, or even ¾ sized beautifully crafted roulette wheel (difference also in price – £20 compared to minimum £750.00). The actual cloths that the games are played on, called ‘lay-outs’ can be bought on Ebay made from felt for around a £5. Professional lay-outs can cost anything from around £90.00 to £180.00 or more for a good quality roulette lay-out. Some operators use plastic chips, bought from Argos or similar – fine for a family game but nowhere near the quality and ‘feel’ of a good, 11gm poker chip or the beautifully crafted roulette colour chips costing around 33p each.
Casting an Experienced Eye – Spotting a Professional Croupier
Another point to consider – and this again is a difficult one for the layman. If you say you can speak Chinese you might fool me into believing it with a sentence full of gibberish – because I don’t! Not so if you say you’ve worked in a casino in any capacity on the gaming floor. Here and there I have come across individuals that have tried that – but it’s easy for me to spot a chancer with a lifetime in the business.
I have actually argued that I can tell if someone is a dealer (croupier) by the way they stand at a roulette table – without them touching a chip or spinning the wheel.
Once or twice I have surfed the net, looking at the websites of fun casino companies, undecided as whether to laugh or cry at the glaring mistakes they make in their text and photos that shout amateur. Professionally trained casino staff with their knowledge and skill will help players make the most of their night, will explain the games, teach strategies and, because of their genuine love of the games, have FUN with the players. That is, after all, what a fun casino is about.
The Professional Fun Casino Association UK
The PFCA offer reliability as well as a fully professional service. We welcome reviews and are happy to refer enquiries to the nearest member – thereby avoiding costly ‘add-ons’ for transport. Many a fun casino website coins the phrase ‘Don’t gamble with your event, choose us’. Whether you choose a PFCA member or go elsewhere, I hope that the points I have made above will help you in making the right choice for your fun casino entertainment.
June Howley, BSc. Hons, MD Aces Fun Casinos