When imagining casino games that are difficult to understand, let alone master, readers are likely to assume baccarat.  And why not, given its presence almost exclusively in Macau as well as most pre-Daniel Craig Bond movies.  Despite this belief, the game is genuinely easy to learn.  In fact, when asking Casino professionals which games are actually deceptively tricky, they always list the same three games—roulette, poker…and blackjack. 

Yes, seriously, blackjack.  Despite having the best odds of winning, it is also considered one of the most challenging games to master, more involving than just shouting “hit” or “stay.”  Where poker can be viewed as a psychological game, blackjack is about logic.  That is correct, you may have to learn math. 

Prince George isn’t Monaco; many people lack the knowledge to play every casino game (fewer still own a white dinner jacket, because those are mandatory if you want to look dashing when you throw dice). 

Amanda Chandler hopes to change that. 

The game; we’re on our own regarding the dinner jackets. 

Amanda, Treasure Cove’s Casino Marketing Manager, recently discovered a demand in town for events where the familiar mainstays of the casino landscape are explained. 

“What happened was a couple weeks ago [a company] reached out to me, “Amanda explained, “and asked if we would do a ‘Learn-To-Play’ night for team-building.  So, we took them into our show lounge.  It started with blackjack, then we move into a sort of scavenger hunt with our slot machines.”

The light bulb blinked on over Amanda’s head, resulting in a new initiative Treasure Cove hopes will evolve into a new form of private entertainment.  Currently limited to small parties, the Casino is now making available Casino Adventures (name pending) where customers can not only sit down in a private environment with friends for a friendly game but also learn the rules and strategies of said game as well. 


“I think it’s a great casual fun environment to teach people a little bit more about casinos and the casino background,” explained Amanda, “and to teach them how to play and operate a game without that fear of sitting down at a blackjack table and feeling like an idiot.”

As one skittish about gambling, I became immediately enamored with such an event.  I feel personally apprehensive because of the idea of playing with strangers concerns me, worried they are working out ways to outthink me (not a difficult task if you see what I wear).  The other reason is the risk of losing one’s personal finances.  These new social events overcome both concerns. 


Each patron gains the opportunity to win prizes while sitting down at this private table.  Not long after classes are concluded, players are split into teams to begin a slot machine scavenger hunt.  To the victor go the spoils.  Amanda hopes this new venture will attract stag/stagette parties as well as corporate team building events and birthdays (for as many as 12 people).  These events would include dinner as well, all within the casino’s show lounge. 

Of course, it would most likely not be the end of one’s experience, opening the doors and expanding horizons for new players to tackle the regular games, white dinner jacket still optional.

If you are interested in this new casino adventure, call Amanda Chandler at (250) 561-2421 or email her at