For casino players in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and soon Connecticut, going to a brick-and-mortar location is optional. Instead, you have the option to win from home – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a casino night. Here are some tips on bringing the atmosphere of a casino floor to your home.
If you already have some friends who like to place bets, those should be at the top of the list. But chances are that some people in your orbit will be intrigued by the prospect of winning money while at a party. While even just a friend or two will do, the more, the merrier.
The atmosphere created by people betting money together is electric. You can watch each other play between hands or spins. Learn different strategies. Celebrate the wins and commiserate over losses. It’s an innate sense of comradery on par with any visit to a retail casino.
Make A Cocktail (Or Mocktail) Menu
It’s a terrible idea to be drunk while betting money. Not only are mistakes far more likely, but we’re also more likely to ignore our budget or time limits. Still, it’s tough to imagine mirroring the setting of a casino without having some drinks available.
Having beer and wine is obviously the easiest option. But you can take things up to the next level by getting ingredients for fancy cocktails ahead of time – alongside the recipes. That way, your guests can make the drinks themselves without you having to play cocktail server.
If it’s a dry household or sober friends will be attending, consider making some delicious mocktails. It’s amazing how much sparkling water and the right ingredients can feel like the real thing – minus the effects.
Have The Food Covered
Snacks are a no-brainer. And because you’re not bringing food to a felt table, you can rock cheese plates, dips, and whatever else strikes your fancy. That would be one way to make your casino night even better than visiting a retail casino.
For the main course, it’d be awesome to have a potluck. Everyone could bring their own dish, and you could have the Vegas buffet experience from home.
Other easy options include grilling food or ordering in.
Set The Ambiance
You can find casino background noise on YouTube that goes on forever. There’s also tons of great movies that take place in Vegas. You can queue up playlists that fit a nightlife atmosphere. If you have spinning lights, that’d take things to the next level, but relatively low lighting will do nicely.
Once the friends get there, you’ll forget that you’re home and not at a retail casino.
Find The Right Online Casino
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to gaming. Some might want to play blackjack and roulette. Others may want to compete in multiplayer poker. And still more may want to bet on sports all night.
You can find a complete list of online casinos here.
Take Advantage Of The Refer-A-Friend Offers
If you already have an online casino of choice, you can probably earn free money by referring friends. If not, consider joining a different online casino that offers that sort of incentive. Usually, both you and your friends will be rewarded with bonus money.
However, be sure that you and your friends read the terms and conditions before participating. Things like hefty playthrough requirements can make bonus offers less attractive, and you don’t want to have your friend on the hook for a stipulation they didn’t anticipate.
Put Responsible Gaming Practices In Place
Another way to look out for the safety of your friends’ finances is to have some safeguards in place. Pay careful attention to people’s intoxication levels. Set a strict time limit to end the party before things get too out of hand. And make sure to mention how everyone should stay within the budget that they set for themselves. Going over budget to “chase losses” is the quickest way to turn a fun casino night into a problematic affair.
Safety is key. But so is having fun. Play responsibly, and have a great time.