Dween
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January 7th, 2013 at 6:43:31 AM permalink
My annual stint as "Pit Boss" for my church/school charity night is fast approaching. This year, I am looking for the fastest money makers in the shortest amount of time.

Last year, Blackjack brought in a paltry sum. The game was slow, and some dealer incompetence lead to those results.
There were two "dice tables" (Beat the Dealer) that were largely unmanned for a good portion of the evening. Once someone jumped in to run the game, it started bringing in money hand over fist.

The Question:
What games are best suited for short term (6 hour) charity events to make the most money?
Beat the Dealer is lightning fast, and has a good HE.
Any others come to mind?
-Dween!
1arrowheaddr
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January 7th, 2013 at 6:55:48 AM permalink
Roulette-- Players are familiar, easy to play with a high HE.

Ultimate Texas Hold 'em-- Many people are familiar with hold 'em and the players will play with poor strategy. A good dealer will be needed for this game though.
kenarman
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January 7th, 2013 at 7:09:31 AM permalink
Casino War. Everyone knows how to play, easy to deal, huge house edge, fast.
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CrapsForever
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January 7th, 2013 at 8:02:07 AM permalink
Craps!

My wife and I went to a Black Tie charity event at the Mar a Lago in Palm Beach, Florida a couple years ago; huge swanky event with numerous Rolls-Royce, Bentleys, Ferraris, etc. We felt so out of place with our relatively new Audi A6. Your entry ticket cost $1,000 each and included with your Five Star Restaurant quality meal, endless wine; you received about $300 in gaming chips to play with. An additional $50 got you $100 in play chips.

They had Blackjack tables, 3 Card Poker Tables, Slot Machines, Craps, etc. The busiest tables was by far the Craps table; there was a line of people at least 2 rows deep on each table; People were going crazy; trying to buy in and re-buy for $100's of $$$ at the Craps table. Prizes were given out for the people with the most chips at the end of the night but you received ZERO money back for your chips.

It was lots of fun, you would swear you were at Caesers or Bellagio on the Vegas strip! I got into a bit of a tiff with an older lady (80s) standing next to me on the Craps table in the hook; she had lots of pearls on with a beautiful fur coat. I got paid $45 for a $5 Hard 6 and she tried to grab my chips; I told her it was mine and we started arguing...she finally relented and gave me the chips. When I returned from the restroom later in the evening, my wife told me the older lady told her in her New York accent..."Your husband is just like me, I LOVE me some Craps".

My pick for a short term charity event to make the most money is definitely Craps.
Craps is the most "Jekyll and Hyde" casino game ever invented!
Ayecarumba
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January 7th, 2013 at 8:04:41 AM permalink
Big Six Wheel
Red Dog

Is it wise to slaughter the sheep so quickly? Enjoying the games for a few hours, and giving some folks a chance to actually win, results in longer term profits (like coming back for next year's event). If entertainment, and repeat business aren't as important as max short term profit, have a lottery drawing. You minimize the overhead, and lock in the profit with a pari-mutual prize structure.
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MakingBook
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January 7th, 2013 at 8:07:32 AM permalink
Quote: Dween

Last year, Blackjack brought in a paltry sum. The game was slow, and some dealer incompetence lead to those results.



Yes. Dealer incompetence (or even theft) is a problem at these events.

Just curious- could you provide the rules of your charity blackjack game?
"I am a man devoured by the passion for gambling." --Dostoevsky, 1871
Ayecarumba
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January 7th, 2013 at 8:14:03 AM permalink
Quote: CrapsForever

...My pick for a short term charity event to make the most money is definitely Craps.

I agree that Craps has a lot of potential, and I personally, would enjoy it the most, but it is also one of the most expensive games to run.

Two knowledgeable dealers (per table), a table, chips, and equipment are expensive. The dealers are the key. If you can get good folks for cheap, you can play the game on a folding 8 ft' table, but if you don't have folks who can figure the correct payouts and run the game quickly, forget it.
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Dween
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January 7th, 2013 at 9:23:01 AM permalink
Quote: MakingBook

Just curious- could you provide the rules of your charity blackjack game?


1. Minimum Bet is $1.00; Maximum Bet is $10.00. (NOTE: I plan on increasing that this year to $2 - $25.)
2. Blackjack pays 3-2, on first two cards of hand (not split hands)
3. Dealer wins ties, except Blackjack vs Blackjack is a push (INFO: This is the big one, "charity rules"... we take ties.)
4. Dealer stands on all 17s
5. Insurance is not offered
6. Player may not surrender
7. Split pairs into a maximum of 4 hands
8. Split hands are fully playable, even aces. No Blackjack payouts on split hands
9. Double down on any two cards, including on split hands; Double for less allowed (INFO: Rules 8 & 9 "make up" for rule 3)
-Dween!
MakingBook
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January 7th, 2013 at 9:55:25 AM permalink
Dween-
Thanks! I was once asked to set rules for a similar charity event.
Yes- dealer wins ties is the big one.
"I am a man devoured by the passion for gambling." --Dostoevsky, 1871
vendman1
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January 7th, 2013 at 10:13:53 AM permalink
Assuming getting a roulette wheel is no problem then that's a winner (5.26%)...but you definitely need a good dealer for pay-offs, which can be tricky. Big 6 is a good option too. Basically any game people are already familiar with and/or there is no learning curve, is the key I think. No one wants to "learn" a new game at a charity event.


Edit: I'm assuming Craps and Blackjack are included automatically.

Good Luck

P.S.--I did this once years ago and I think we made very little at Blackjack. Same deal people get prizes for most chips. But no actually money given out.

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