Friday, July 24, 2015

The Basics of Black Jack in Buffalo, Rochester and Western New York at a Casino Party

The Basics of playing Black Jack also known as 21 in Buffalo, Rochester or Western New York at an Uptown Casino Party

Uptown Entertainment and Events has been bringing the FUN and Excitement of Fantasy Casino Parties to our clients for over 25 years!
Black Jack also known as 21 is the casino game that is most played in the world. Black Jack is a game where the player competes against the dealer and not the other players at the table. The game of Black Jack can be played with a single deck of cards or multiple 52 card decks.

In order to understand the game of Black Jack, it is necessary to understand how the different cards are ranked. Here is an example of the basic rank of hand in Black Jack:
As you can see the numbered cards are the value on the card.
The Face Cards are all valued at 10
The ACE is counted as either 1 or 11, it is usually counted as 11 unless it would put you over 21, it that case it is counted as 1
With that in mind...any ACE and ten valued card in the first two cards dealt is a natural black jack

To better understand what a Black Jack Table looks like in the casino, please check out the example:
There are different variations of Black Jack and not all casinos have the same black jack odds. At an Uptown  Fantasy Casino Party, Black Jack is payed 2 to 1 and insurance is not played.

To WIN at Black Jack the player must have 21 in their first two cards which is a natural Black Jack without the dealer also having Black Jack. The other ways to WIN at Black Jack are after drawing cards to add to your initial two cards your cards add up higher than the dealer without going over 21. Also, a player can stand and let the dealer draw additional cards until there hand reaches at least 17 or goes over 21. At an Uptown Casino Party in Buffalo, Rochester or anywhere in Western New York our dealers stand on a soft 17, which is any ACE and 6.

Casinos have the advantage at Black jack because the players have to act first. Therefore if a player draws cards that add up to over 21 they will forfeit the chips wagered on the hand. The Dealer acts last after all players have drawn cards.

When playing Black Jack in the casino or at an Uptown Casino Party, there is some basic strategy and we have an example below. Remember this is only an example not a sure thing as to what to do!
Basic terms used at an Uptown Black Jack table include:
Hit: take another card as long as your cards add up to under 21
Bust: when the player or dealers cards add up to over 21
Stand: keep the cards you have and do not draw any additional cards
Double Down: Player must double the initial bet and will receive only ONE Card
Split: If initial cards dealt are the same player has the option to split and placing an equal bet will then play two separate hands. The dealer will give additional cards and played as two separate hands with two opportunities to win

Many rules and variations of Black Jack exist and we hope you have learned a few basic rules of how Black Jack is Played.

We look forward to seeing you at an Uptown Fantasy Casino Party in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse soon!! 
Fantasy Casino Parties by Uptown are for Entertainment Purposes Only and chips have no value.

For additional information about Uptown Fantasy Casino Parties in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse or anywhere in Western New York call the Funline 888-220-0077

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Uptown Entertainment: Open Photo Booth by Uptown Entertainment

Uptown Entertainment: Open Photo Booth by Uptown Entertainment: Are you planning a wedding or a party and want a Photo Booth? Photo Booths are extremely popular to capture those FUN Photos. Is your wed...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Holiday Cheer!

As The 2014 Holiday Season is in full steam it seems to come and go so quickly. 
As we look for that perfect gift, put up the decorations, juggle work, family and everyday life... The Staff at Uptown Entertainment & Events would like to say THANK YOU 
We have had the opportunity to Entertain and bring a Smile to many faces throughout the year! Guests have enjoyed our FUN, Interactive Game Shows, like The Feud and The Price It Right.
The Feud 
The Price It Right Game Show
Uptown Entertainment has had the pleasure of creating many FUN filled events with the Uptown Fantasy Casino. The Uptown Fantasy Casinos have traveled to over 10 states this year and entertained thousands of great people.

Uptown Entertainment and Events would also like to say Thank You to our Family of Corporate Clients that have entrusted us with their Entertainment and Event planning. 
Entertainment Makes The Difference!!

To keep up to date with new Entertainment concepts and Fun activities going into 2015, we invite you to follow us on Social Media.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Listen to our Clients...

A few comments from our Fantastic Clients...
Casino Parties, Game Shows, The Feud and Red Carpet Open Photo Booths in Buffalo NY

Hi Larry,

Thank you again so much for all of your help with our event! Everyone raved about the Casino Night and really had a blast with the games and also your employees. It was a huge hit!!

We will certainly keep you in mind for future events. Thank you again!

Mattel/Fisher Price 

Hi Larry,

Our students are thinking about doing Family Feud on our Family/Siblings Weekend in October. They loved your set-up and if they are going to do it I would rather them use your company than other vendors.

Please let me know. I hope all is well.
Associate Director, Student Activities and Leadership Development | Siena College
Volunteer Coordinator, Region 7 | Association of College Unions International

Good afternoon Larry, 
It's Jessica and we have your Red Carpet Photo shoot reserved for our wedding on September 27 of this year. I am so excited to be working with you for our big day!
Thank you for your time!
Thank you,
9-27-2014 Wedding Reception

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to Play Roulette at a Buffalo Rochester or WNY Casino Party

Today we are going to give you some of the basic rules on how to play the casino game of Roulette. When you attend a Casino Party or FundRaiser in Buffalo, Rochester or anywhere in New York this will give you some insight on this popular casino game. The rules in a regular casino may vary slightly from the Fantasy Vegas Casino Parties in Buffalo and WNY.

Here We Go...
The object of Roulette is to pick the winning number that will appear on the Roulette wheel. You can also bet combinations of numbers or choose the color or whether it is odd or even. Although it may look easy...It is not as easy as it seems.

The Wheel
There are two different roulette wheels. The European wheel has 37 slots numbered 0-36. The American wheel has 38 numbers which includes zero (0) and double zero (00). The American Wheel is the one Uptown Entertainment offers for our Casino Parties in Buffalo and throught the North East. 
 The Layout
The game of Roulette originated in France. The modern day layout that is found in most casinos dates back to the mid 1800's. Uptown's Roulette layouts have two betting areas. The inside betting area contains the individual numbers on the layout. The numbers 1-36 alternate either Black or Red boxes that house the numbers. The outside betting area has boxes for the columns, red/black and odd/even and different groups of numbers.The numbers on the inside are arranged in 12 rows of three numbers forming three vertical columns. The 0 and 00 are at the top of the columns usually in green boxes (on the layouts that Uptown uses for our Roulette Tables)
  Buying In At The Roulette Table 
The Roulette Table at Uptown Casino Parties use special roulette chips when you play. To avoid disputes each player receives different color chips. These chips are good for that table only and you must trade them in when you get done playing. You will them be given regular casino chips to take to the the other Uptown casino tables.
Typically each roulette table will have a minimum and maximum bet. You can’t combine your inside and outside bets to meet the table minimum in the regular casino. This rule varies with a Fantasy casino, but typically If the minimum bet is five play dollars you have to bet five play dollars on the inside and five play dollars on the outside.
 Here are the various wagers on the Uptown Roulette Table and some of the terms:
Inside Bets
There are several inside bets that you can make. You can bet a number straight up or straddle the line between numbers to select a combination of numbers. The payouts for each bet are as follows.
Straight Up bet is a wager on a single number which pays 35 to 1.
Split Bet is a wager on two numbers and it pays 17 to 1. You make this bet by placing your chip so it straddles the line between any two numbers.
Street bets or line bet and it pays 11 to 1. You make this bet by placing your chip on the vertical line separating the outside and inside betting areas. The chip straddles the first number in the row.
Corner bet or Quad bet pays 8 to 1. You make this bet by placing a chip so it is touching the four corners of the numbers you are betting.
Basket bet is a five number bet on zero – double zero and numbers-1-2-3 which pays 6 to 1. On the double zero wheel this is the worst bet in Roulette.
Double Street bet is a wager on six numbers and pays 5 to 1. You place your chip on the line separating the outside and inside area as you do for the street bet but let it also straddles the row above or below.
Outside Bets
The outside bets are any of the bets made in the boxes surrounding the numbers.
Red Black Odd and Even are all even money bets. You place your chips in the boxes on the layout.
Dozens bet are made on the 12 consecutive numbers. You place your wager in the boxes marked 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. These bets pay 2 to 1. If the zero or double zero comes up you lose.
Column bets are also 12 number bets. Instead of 12 consecutive numbers they consist of the numbers in one of the three vertical columns and are made in the boxes at the bottom of the layout. These bets pay 2 to 1 as well.
 The Uptown Dealer 
The Uptown Roulette Dealer will assist you on the table and help with placing your wagers. Dealers are required to keep the wheel moving at all times, even between spins. The dealer will spin the ball in the opposite direction of the wheel. This causes the ball to jump and spin before landing on a number.
The dealer marks the winning number with a marker. You are not allowed to place your bet for the next spin until the dealer removes the marker from the previous winning number. Make sure you wait for the dealer to pick it up before putting down your chips.Here are some interesting facts and Tips
Roulette has a high house edge but it is Fun to learn and actually quite easy to play.If the number you want to bet is already covered with chips, that's not a problem. It is permissible to stack you chips on top of the other chips. This is another reason why each player has their own color chips.You are allowed to place bets after the dealer spins the ball. The dealer will tell you when to stop. As the ball slows down the dealer will wave their hand over the table and call out “No More Bets.”Some people claim that they have a sure fire system for winning at Roulette. The truth is there is no system that will change the house edge.

Hopefully we gave you a little insight on the game of Roulette...

Now It's Time to have a little FUN and jump on the Roulette table whenever you attend a Fantasy Casino Party or FundRaiser in Buffalo, Rochester or anywhere in Western New York.

Uptown has been bringing a "Touch of Vegas" to our clients for over two decades. We are Fully Insured and our Entertainment Specialists are waiting to help you plan a successful Casino Party!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future!

Fantasy Casino Party or Rental information in Buffalo, Rochester or anywhere in New York call the Funline Today at 888-220-0077

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Casino Parties Buffalo and Rochester New York

Let Uptown bring the Excitement of a Real Casino to your next party or event in Buffalo, Rochester or Western New York

Looking for a creative idea for your next party or work event in Buffalo, Rochester or Western New York?

Look no further...Call the Funline 888-220-0077 and speak with our party planning professionals about a Fantasy Casino Party.

Casino Theme Parties are great for corporate events, post proms, anniversaries, birthday parties, theme nights, holiday events, summer picnics, fund raisers or charity events.

We bring a "Touch of Vegas" to your party with a wide selection of the most authentic Casino tables in Western New York.

  • Texas Hold 'em Poker
  • Black Jack
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Three Card Poker
  • Let It Ride
  • Casino War
  • Red Dog
  • Caribbean Stud
  • Slot Type Machines
  • Money Wheel
  • Horse Race Wheel      
From the seasoned player to the beginner let Uptown's staff of professional dealers create a Fun atmosphere on the casino tables for your guests.

Uptown will customize your event with personal attention to all the details from the initial planning to completion.

Pick up the phone and call the funline 888-220-0077 or visit us on the web or to check availability and reserve your date.

Casino Party Rentals Serving Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse New York since 1979

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Funline Photo Booths in Buffalo NY

Buffalo and Western New York's Ultimate Photo Booths. It's not a party until you call the Funline 888-220-0077.

The Funline Photo Booth features the newest technology in the photo booth industry including an external monitor to enhance the photo booth experience.

Guests will have the option of high definition photos in black and white or color. Green Screen technology is also available for the ultimate photo booth experience.

At the end of every event a CD is provided with all photo booth photos.

Video messaging is an awesome way to capture and preserve special messages for any occasion. Funline Photo Booths will provide a CD featuring all Video messages.

Premium Props are always available to create that Fun and crazy photo booth memory.
Personal messages can be displayed on all photo strips. Uptown also offers customized templates. 

Photo strips are unlimited during scheduled times and are 2x6 strips.

Memory books and Optional photo strip folders are available.

Uptown Entertainment is Fully Insured and all events are secured with a written agreement.

With over 25 years in the Entertainment business you can Trust your special event to the Entertainment Specialists at Uptown. 

Professional friendly photo booth attendants will create a FUN atmosphere at your next event.

Thank you to everyone that Visited the Uptown Booth at the Buffalo Niagara Bridal Expo, February 2nd or 3rd at the Seneca Niagara Hotel and Casino Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Funline Photo Booths will be offering special show pricing throughout the month of February. 

Call the Funline today to check availabilty or to reserve your date! Mention Seneca BB Show to obtain the special pricing.

For all inquiries or reservations please contact our office 888-220-0077 or by email 

Photo Booths and Photo Booth Rentals in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse or Western New York

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    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    Funline Photo Booths serving all of Buffalo and Western New York

    Uptown Entertainment & Events proudly announces Funline Photo Booths.

    Its not a party until you call the Funline


    Buffalo's newest and best photo booth that can hold up to 10 people at once

    All inclusive packages starting at $595

    Features include: Unlimited Color, Black & White 2x6 Photo Strips, Green Screen Backgrounds are also available. Premium Props, Custom Lettering and Border on all Photo Strips, Copy of all Photos on CD, Set-up and Delivery, Two Professional Photo Booth Attendants

    Wedding Packages also include, Video Messaging, Copy of Video Messages on CD, Photo Frame Holder and Insert for each Guest and Memory Book


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    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    LaFayette Royale - Go Out With a Bang! Casino Party in Buffalo NY

    Looking for something to do this New Years Eve?

    Uptown Entertainment & Events is proud to present an awesome lineup of your favorite Casino Games in Buffalo, NY.

    Join your friends at Uptown Entertainment & Events at the Lafayette Hotel and enjoy a 007 Bond Themed New Year's Casino Party.

    Buffalo New York's place to be Monday, December 31, as we send 2012 out with a bang!

    Uptown will be bringing Casino Royale Bond Style entertainment to the party along with an awesome group of entertainers.

    Check out the Facebook page for complete ticket information.

    After taking the advice of countless people, we've decided to "give the people what they want" this New Year's Eve. The evening will be a themed affair, incorporating some exciting James Bond elements throughout the first floor of the hotel. The dress is creative Bond attire - everything from formal black tie and gown to hotel bathrobe and bikini.

    Professional dealers, Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, Let it Ride, Texas Hold EM Bonus, Texas Hold 'em Poker & Slot Type Machines...FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY

    DJ Cutler and Dan Harper and The Magic Show will be back (from The Witches Ball), playing some Bond tunes for all to enjoy. We’re also bringing in a portion of the 70 member Buffalo Niagara Concert Band to fill the air with big band style music in The Grand Ballroom. They recently played The Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans and “wowed” the audience with some amazing dance tunes.

    Throughout the night there will be Bond girls, video projections, an ice luge, a surprise count down led by the orchestra, cigarette girls with party favors, Vegas showgirls, a visit from the Queen of England... additional music acts and performances to be announced. It's going to be a ton of fun.

    There are two ticket prices:

    A $40 ticket gets you in the door with one free Bond-style One Roq drink (or Pyramid and Labatt) and a free champagne toast at midnight. There will be cash bars and food options so that you can customize your night and and your spendings. This ticket is also designed for guests who are planning on eating before the event... might I suggest Pan Am Bar and Grill or Mike A's Steakhouse? Or for those who want to pay for a quick bite at the party... Mike A (prime rib sandwiches) and AcQua (carving station among others) will both have inexpensive food items for sale.

    A $100 ticket gets you four hours of eating and drinking catered by AcQua in The Crystal Ballroom (8pm-midnight). Featuring a four-hour Open Premium Bar Package served from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. Specialty One Roq Signature Drinks, Butler Served hors d' ourves and Lavish hors d'oeuvre display station, reception featuring the Carver's Table with Prime Meats and Interactive Specialty Food Stations. Click below to get your $100 ticket:

    ***Sold out*** ***Sold out***

    *If you attended The Witches Ball this past Halloween, then you can expect the same sort of performance-based affair, with fun food and drinks, an amazing party vibe, lots to see and do, with plenty of photo ops.

    Butterwood (in the hotel) will also be hosting a dinner with tickets to the party included in the price. More to come on that package (or contact Butterwood directly).

    Hotel Lafayette
    391 Washington St, Buffalo, New York 14203-2167
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    What are you waiting for....get your tickets and join the FUN.

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    Why choose a Casino Party for a Fundraiser in Buffalo ?

    Uptown Entertainment & Events has done over 1000 Casino Parties in over 20 years of being in business. We have had much success with raising funds for local charities, national charities, Roswell Park, and several benefits for families in need.

    Uptown Entertainment & Events provides everything you need to make your next fundraiser a HUGE success. We help with every aspect of planning and organizing, from set-up to teardown, procuring items for your basket raffles, form letters, signage, whatever you need we will be there for you. Let the experienced professionals at Uptown Entertainment & Events help you plan your next fundraiser.

    From Black Tie to Casual Events, Uptown Entertainment and Events can work with any budget, please call the funline at 888-220-0077 for more information or visit us at

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