There’s no party like a Las Vegas party. With all the glitz and glamor of the famous Strip, the big name shows and the incredible hotels, there isn’t anywhere on Earth like it. Where else can you see the canals of Venice, the pyramids of Egypt and the Eiffel Tower all within a few blocks of each other?
Unfortunately, while Las Vegas may be the ultimate party, it also comes with the ultimate price tag. Even if you follow our advice on how to do Las Vegas on a budget and lady luck smiles on you at the card tables, your trip to Nevada will still set you back quite a bit, not counting the favors and brownie points you’ll have to earn to go in the first place.
But don’t worry because all is not lost. You can create your mini-Vegas in your man cave easily, with all the attractions of the dazzling desert city. You only need a few bucks and a little imagination.
Creating Your Casino
Now, we’re not suggesting you can get Mariah Carey to play a residency in your basement, or that Penn and Teller will turn up to entertain your friends with a magic show. However, it is easy enough to recreate that stylish casino atmosphere with only a few well-chosen gadgets and games. How much you want to spend and how far you want to take it in authenticity is up to you. But remember, the essence of Las Vegas is the fun and excitement, not whether you win or lose.
The centerpiece for any man cave casino will be the gaming table(s). That can be anything from a simple folding baize-topped card table like your gran has in the garage to realistic, casino-quality furniture. You can get different tables for roulette, craps, poker and blackjack, but you might find it more affordable, and easier to fit in, if you buy a multiple games table that includes all the games in one. For an even more affordable option, get yourself a large table and buy a set of different baize covers printed with the layouts of the different games.
The same principle is true of your roulette wheel. You can pick up a cheap plastic wheel for only a few dollars in most toy shops, or you can spend hundreds, if not thousands, on an original, casino-style wooden wheel. It all depends on how seriously you and your friends take the games.
The final element to think about is a set of casino chips, which you can pick up online easily. With your games and your chips all set, you’ll be ready to go. All you have to do is add some stylish music, some mood lighting and a few drinks, and you’re on for a great night.
Add a Little Style
If you want to take your man cave more seriously and make your casino even more authentic, then you can always add a few extra trimmings to build the atmosphere. For instance, you could buy a full-sized slot machine to plug in or set up video games on a laptop or PC linking to the most popular online slots. Instead of cracking a few cans, you could go the whole James Bond and offer martinis— shaken, not stirred, of course. You could even go as far as to impose a dress code, although good luck trying to get your buddies to put on a tux to come around for a Friday night poker game.
Keep it Legal
However good your man cave casino ends up being, you need to make sure that you don’t get too carried away. It’s fine to win a few dollars off your pals in a poker game on the weekend, but don’t turn into a cigar-smoking casino mogul overnight. As Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler proved in the 2017 film “The House,” turning your basement into a money-spinning casino is never a good idea. So, enjoy the fun of your man cave casino and leave the house edge for the big boys.
Perhaps one day you can roll off some winnings, then visit this shop and score a new wrist watch.