What we do best

New Zealand's largest and longest running casino party operators (in business for over 35 years).  We bring to you (at any location throughout NZ) all the equipment and dealers you need to have a fun filled, exciting casino style event. Our large inventory of games and professional friendly dealers will insure that you and your guests will get the taste of real, authentic casino style gambling experience. We want to make your casino themed experience fun and something your guests will be talking about for years to come.

We are the perfect solution for: Casino Parties, Social Clubs, Monte Carlo/James Bond/Gangster Nights, Stag Nights, Hen Nights, Parties, Poker Nights, Birthday Parties, House Parties, Theme Parties, Corporate Events, Reunions, Office Parties, Cocktail Parties, Conference/Convention, Fundraiser & Charity Events & any other special event. If in doubt just ask.

We have a large inventory of Casino Decorations/Backdrops (see gallery for images) available to hire when booking a casino package (not available to hire alone and only available in certain parts of NZ as all decorations are held in Auckland).

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So how much will it cost?

It varies depending on the time of year and location of the venue.  Quote enquiries through the website are answered as soon as humanly possible (except on weekends when we are busy at casino functions).  NB: every year we get booked out over the key CHRISTMAS dates through November/December and we highly recommend booking these dates early to avoid disappointment, especially in towns and cities outside Auckland (we can do up to 5 events in one night in Auckland but in other locations only 1 a night).

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Who we are & how we work

Las Vegas Functions was conceived by Ian Hastings QPM (at the time a Detective Inspector in the New Zealand Police) as a means of fundraising for Drug Education following a law change in New Zealand in 1978 to allow for legal fundraiser casino nights.

In 1995, when Ian retired from the Police (then Detective Superintendant) he turned the very successful fundraising casino nights into a full time business offering corporate casino entertainment together with fundraisers throughout New Zealand. To this day, Las Vegas Functions Ltd still supports drug education in New Zealand with Ian's wife, Liz Jamieson-Hastings CNZM JP, working in schools throughout New Zealand offering free drug education classes.

The company has now been operating for over 30 years and in 2008 held a record number of events throughout New Zealand totalling 278 functions.

With a base of staff and equipment in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch we have the ability to offer casino themed entertainment in most locations throughout the country.

Please take the time to view the website and either submit an online enquiry or give us a call to chat.

For a more detailed look at our history in PDF format, please click here

casino styles

The Casino Package

millionaires night out

This style is best suited when you want the casino to be the main entertainment (approx. 2.5 hours of entertainment).  We make all your guests instant "Millionaires" with our Gold Cashiers Credit Card (see gallery for image of gold cards) which is cashed in for chips at the casino tables. With this style you do need enough casino games for at least half to three quarters playing at any one time - just let us know your estimated numbers and we will recommend best number of games. Should your venue or budget not be suited to this style you have the option of Competition Style (number of games to ratio of guests is not important with Competition Style).
 

TEAM EVENT

As with the Millionaires, this style is best when you want the casino to be the main entertainment. All guests are put into Teams and with each team having the name of a famous Las Vegas Casino. All teams receive a tray of chips to divide between them and they then play individually at the casino games on behalf of their Team. Team members are encouraged to work out strategies with their Team mates. The Top Teams at the end of gaming go into a playoff to find the Number One Team. This is a lot of fun and perfect for Conference Entertainment or a staff function with a twist. Provides opportunity for greater interaction and team building (Ian's Favorite Format).

competition style

The games are more side entertainment and work well when there is other entertainment on offer. This style is popular for balls, house parties, trade shows, large numbers of people (200+) or where the venue is not big enough. With Competition style guests only receive chips to play with when they enter a short (10-15 minute) competition at one of the games and they leave the chips for the next players at the end of each competition. It is important to note that all guests cannot receive chips (or Gold Cards) at the start with Competition style. If you are not sure which style will suit your event we can help you to work it out.

Testimonials

  • Fulton Hogan Ltd (Auckland)

    I just wanted to say formal thanks to you, Thomas and the team for a great 2.5 hours entertainment last night. We all had great clean fun and you have maybe inspired some to take it up with real money. Thomas was a real character and drove enthusiasm around the room.

    Just for the record, we had 35 turn up and it was a perfect number for the 3 tables. I’m also glad I took your advice on the two Blackjack tables.

    Our Social Club in Ranui will be in touch as they are considering holding a similar function.

    So thanks and have a good weekend.

    Regards

    Nigel McCreight

  • Events 'n' Venues Limited

    Debbie/Ian

    Thanks for the great job of providing the casino tables and croupiers  – everything was lovely and we have a happy client.
    The staff were great - there manner and interaction with everyone added to the nights success.
    Although I have used you many times before it was the first time I had played and having experienced it first-hand am now keen to sell the concept to some clients.
    You will be hearing from me again – oh and thanks for the recommendation of the venue…it was brilliant and Roy is so easy to work with.
    Thanks again – and I will be in touch when the function calls for casino tables.

    Regards

    Robyn Henry
    CEO
    TCC - Events 'n' Venues Limited
    E:        robynh@eventsnvenues.co.nz 

  • SecureCom Ltd (Auckland)

    Just to let you know we had a fantastic evening on Friday night. Everyone I have spoken to have commented on what a good evening it was.  A BIG BIG thank you to Henry and his team – they did an amazing job. Henry is really lovely and so easy to deal with. We also really liked Andrew because we spent most of the night at his Blackjack table J  I cant comment on any of the other dealers because I didn’t play at their tables but I have heard that they were amazing.  Sandra, SecureCom Ltd

     

  • RCP - Auckland - Team Event

    We would like to thank you and your team for Friday night’s event. We all had a fantastic time and were very impressed with the way the event worked. The format of the night was a team event, we had 5 teams with 5-6 people in each team. It was a competition to see which team could accumulate the most money by the end of the night. We found this worked well in comparison to how individual’s would play as we all swapped money and helped each other out, found out who was good at each game and had other people to back us up in each of the games.

    We were very impressed with the way the team event worked and it was a good team building exercise as well as being a fun night.

    Regards

    James Thompson
    Project Manager
    RCP

  • GTS Social Club (Auckland)

    I attended a function run by Las Vegas Functions at the Novotel Hotel on Friday 11th July as part of the GTS social club. I felt compelled to write to you this morning and let you know that the staff are still talking this morning about how much fun they had. Your staff ran the room beautifully with a sense of fun and excitement. All attendees felt secure about trying games they had never tried before and enthusiastically moved around the room. In particular I would like to single out Thomas who not only set the room up for us but was most definitely the start croupier of the night. He was almost entertainment all by himself!

    I would like to thank you and your staff for providing a wonderful evening and let you know that I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending your company to others.

    Melinda
    Home Lighting Ltd

  • Invenco

    Just wanted to say what an awesome night we had on Friday – your team was incredibly organised and definitely kept us entertained. A big commendation to your manager (I’m sorry I cannot remember his name), he was extremely professional and made the night run really smoothly. I would highly recommend your company going forward!  

    Candice,  Invenco - Auckland

  • Patrick Regan (private birthday)

    I must express the heartfelt thanks of both Cheryl and myself for the absolutely fabulous birthday party you supplied for me with the Gambling themed evening.  Almost without exception my friends and family were thrilled to bits with the ‘party of the decade’ – so much so that should I get thru to 75…….we’ll do it again!! 

    Please pass my thanks and appreciation to Henry and the other croupiers who so contributed to such an enjoyable occasion.

    If you ever wish to use me as a reference then I will be so glad to sing your praises.

    Best regards,

    Patrick Regan

  • ASPEQ & ASL

    I want to mention what a great night all the staff from ASPEQ and ASL Ltd had last Saturday. I have had many compliments on how great the Las Vegas evening was, it was a great success. I have also had requests for your companies details from staff to look into for their own events.

    Our staff had a great night learning new games and either winning or losing some (or in some cases all) of their money. Martin and his team are very friendly and entertaining and made the night an ease. There was not one unhappy person in the room.  I personally found your staff very funny and helpful.

    If you could please pass on to Martin and his team a big thank you and appreciation for their time and effort on the night, it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks again, I will definitely be recommending your service to others. Have a great Christmas.

    Aleesha

  • Boston Scientific

    I would just like to say what a great evening we had on the 7th October, at our end of conference meeting. Henry and crew were absolutely fabulous and were great with our customers.

    Thank you so much,

    Rosie White
    Executive Territory Manager New Zealand
    Cardiac Rhythm Management
    Australia & New Zealand

  • Eastcliffe Retirement Resort

    I would like to say what an incredible night we had on Saturday at our Las Vegas night at Eastcliffe Retirement Resort. Ian & his staff were amazing - so patient as many of our guests had never been to a Casino let alone knew what to do, but the Croupiers spent time teaching them and very soon you would have thought they were PRO's and playing for REAL MONEY! The laughter and hilarity had to be seen and heard to be believed.

    My committee were a little indifferent about a Las Vegas night when I put the idea to them but they had to admit it was the best night ever we had had at the village. I was so pleased I took your advice Debbie and didn't have any other entertainment - we didn't need it - the night was entertainment in itself and it saved us a lot of money. My phone has been red hot to-day with thanks from people expressing how much they enjoyed it and asking to make it an annual event ! We had sold tickets to family and friends as well as residents, so it gave a good mix of ages.

  • Perpetual Trust

    A huge thank you for last night -  everyone had a fantastic time, it is the talk of the office this morning! You have a great team of staff with the perfect balance of friendliness and professionalism and your extra help with making sure everything went smoothly was much appreciated. 

    I will certainly by suggesting you guys for friends work functions in the future.

    Have a fantastic Christmas, you certainly deserve it after the flat-stick-busy couple of months you have been having!

    :) Helen

  • Toni (private party)

    I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Thomas and Tipene for putting on such a wicked night for us all on Saturday.  They got everyone involved and made it exciting and easy for everyone to understand. 

    Really appreciate the ease with which they organised everything and made the night so easy.

    Already had a few people who want your details so I will definitely be passing them on.

  • Home Lighting Ltd

    I attended a function run by Las Vegas Functions at the Novotel Hotel on Friday 11th July as part of the GTS social club. I felt compelled to write to you this morning and let you know that the staff are still talking this morning about how much fun they had. Your staff ran the room beautifully with a sense of fun and excitement. All attendees felt secure about trying games they had never tried before and enthusiastically moved around the room. In particular I would like to single out Thomas who not only set the room up for us but was most definitely the start croupier of the night. He was almost entertainment all by himself!   I would like to thank you and your staff for providing a wonderful evening and let you know that I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending your company to others.

     

    Yours sincerely

     

    Melinda Harvey

    Business Manager | Home Lighting Ltd