The first thing we tell all our clients when they ask about awarding prizes is that you don’t have to give away prizes if you don’t want to! Your guests are coming to your event or party regardless of whether you are giving away prizes. Casino parties are a very exciting and memorable time even when you just turn your chips in at the end of the night and announce the high money winners! So if prizes are out of your budget or aren’t appropriate for your event just remember that you don’t have to give any away.
If you want to award prizes there are several ways you can do so. Here are the most popular and time tested methods of giving prizes away at the end of your casino party:
- High Money Winners: This is the easiest way to give away prizes for your casino party. The guests with the highest winnings are awarded a prize.
- The Standard Raffle: The play chips are converted to raffle tickets in a ratio of 1 ticket for every $1,000 in chips (or any other ratio you want). Tickets are randomly selected and the prizes are raffled off one at a time. We recommend giving one raffle ticket to ALL guests regardless of how much they won at the tables. This keeps them in the game and ensures they stay for the entire event!
- Pick-A-Prize Raffle The play chips are converted to raffle tickets in a ratio of 1 ticket for every $1,000 in chips (or any other ratio you want). Guests then place raffle tickets in individual boxes for each prize in which they are interested. The difference between a standard raffle and a pick-a-prize raffle is that in a raffle with multiple prizes, there is one “hat” from which names are drawn, but in a pick-a-prize raffle each prize has its own “hat”. This allows ticket buyers to choose which prize to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, third, etc. prize.
- The Auction! At the end of the night, players are allowed to use their chips in an auction with prizes you have purchased. This is an exciting way to encourage interactivity and give fun gifts.