Monday, May 18, 2009

The lovely Jennifer!

Hello Hello!

This week’s blog post is going to be dedicated to D&E Casino’s very own Jennifer Bingham. Besides being my sister, Jennifer is one of the company’s foremost chargers. She ensures that events are staffed, marketing campaigns are circulated, and most importantly that lunch is delicious and prompt. Jen is awesome at everything she does and she is especially talented at pulling off last-minute events; calling dealers, coordinating with clients, and even loading trucks. She does whatever she needs to do to make an event happen. Part of D&E’s quality assurance is a reflection of Jen’s constant motivation and push for excellent results. Jen never really leaves the job, even during our celebrated lunch hour; her blackberry is out as she responds to emails and maintains D&E’s trademark rapid response time. So, next time you request a quote and it fires back within five minutes, thank Jen, because without her it would not be possible.
Here is to you Jen!

Monday, May 11, 2009

How to sound knowledgable at your casino party


Its heating up in SoCal, which means global warming is getting worse and we are doomed to a human barbeque???? Ok scratch that, more likely summer barbecue season is quickly approaching. So what are the fundamentals of a good barbecue?

1) Food

2) Drinks

3) Pool

4) Entertainment

I'm afraid its true, people get bored without some form of extra entertainment. That is why D&E Casino Services always experiences a significant increase in business around this time. The next question, what if my guests don't usually play casino games? The answer: teaching the games is half of our dealers jobs. Even daunting games like craps and let-it ride are easily mastered with the help of our friendly and fun dealers. Looking to get a head-start before the party? Done! Here is a list of commonly used casino jargon:

  • Bones: Another term for dice
  • Color up: Trading in smaller denomination chips for larger value chips, usually when ending a session at a table
  • Deuce: In dice, a pair of ones, also known as "snake eyes."
  • First base: In poker, first base is the player on the far left of the dealer. This player is the first to receive cards as they're dealt
  • Hard Hand - In blackjack, any hand that does not contain an Ace valued at 11
  • Hit: Taking another card in blackjack, as in "Hit me."
  • Let it ride: Letting the winnings on a bet roll over to the next bet. See also "pressing a bet."
  • Natural - In blackjack, a natural is a two-card hand of twenty-one points. In baccarat a natural is a two-card total of eight, or nine.
  • Paint: A face card
  • Pocket Cards - In poker where some of the player's cards are dealt to them face down. These cards are called pocket cards
  • Push - A tie hand between a dealer and a player. A round of play where neither the player nor the casino wins
  • River - In poker, the final card dealt in a hand of stud or hold‘em. In seven-card stud, staying in until the fifth and final round of betting is called going to the river
  • Third base: In blackjack, the player sitting just to the dealer's right. This player is considered important on the table because they are the last to play before the dealer plays their hand.
  • Whale - A player who makes extremely large wagers. Unlike high rollers who consistently wager $100 or more per round, whales are typically those who make wagers amounting to thousands if not tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per round.
Hope that helps impress your friends and family. Until next Monday, have a lucky day!

Monday, May 4, 2009

New ventures in the gaming realm...

After this weekend's events in Santa Monica and Newport Beach, I have exciting news about new gaming ventures!!!!!!!!!!!

In any business, flexibility is a key to succesfully evolve with the market. So everyone that works for D&E Casino is required to attend weekly yoga class where our resident instructor, Flower, pushes us all to bend and twist... Whoops, compulsory yoga class might be one of my personal fantasies....... So perhaps our blackjack and craps dealers are not well practiced at feathered peacock or one-legged king pigeon pose, however we are all quite situationally limber. For instance, this past weekend a client wanted arcade and casino games. Jennifer, one of the women behind our company's magic, stretched her imagination and orgazational skills to obtain the most popular video games. Then seven of our dealers bended outside of their familarity-zone and were trained to assist guests in their video-game entertainment. After their positive reception this saturday, arcade games and attendants are now part D&E Casino's standard services

Kevin giving "Rush" a go

The always popular " Rockband"

Blackjack dealer, Mike, manning "Alpine Racer"

Kelly working his magic at skeeball

Although adaption and flexibility are integral to company evolution, maintaining fundamental business philosphy is just as important. The familial-focus of D&E Casino, is one such philosphy that will never change. Since the company's begining. Ellie and Dan made sure their daughters contruibuted to the operation. I can remember sitting in the shop as Dan, my father, made crap-table repairs. To this day, we love to work an event as a family and provide the awesome entertainment.

Family-time :)