Everybody Wins When You Play with Our Team.
My name is Dawn Takacs, President of Elite Casino Events.
I started dealing blackjack when I was 19 and have worked as a professional dealer for nearly 30 years. I’ve worked in casinos as a dealer and pit boss and am certified in every game including craps, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and all games of poker.
I founded this company with a vision to create authentic, extraordinary casino night events, and it all begins with our Elite team. All of our team members have real-life casino experience and credentials, but it’s their winning personalities and ability to engage, entertain and educate guests that garner high-praise from our clientele.
When our casino dealers, showgirls, magicians and candy girls ‘take the stage’ on event day you can rest assured the venue will be filled with smiles and laughter. Our goal is to provide your guests with a wonderfully memorable experience and we’ll work passionately to make that happen.
Vice President, Elite Casino EventsAs a teenager Billy played Gin for pennies, then turned his passion into a career – four decades as a professional poker player and casino poker room manager. He loves cooking, building beautiful things and big happy gatherings.
Lead ManagerOur lead manager, Thomasina offers impeccable business ethics and gaming skills. Her commitment to excellence clearly shows – as she has more 5-star reviews than any other member on our team! She’s crazy about baseball and hockey – but only in Pittsburgh!
Lead ManagerOur lead manager Gary is certified in all casino games and offers our clientele the highest level of customer service. He is a lifetime fitness buff who is driven to empower others and help great causes. His daughter is the light of his life.
Event Manager | House DJJason specializes in High-Stakes Craps and, of course, music. He loves all genres of music, and living in the country with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
Event ManagerStephanie brings talent and experience combined with an elevated enthusiasm that energizes any event! She loves to make people smile, doing anything active, clean cooking and spending time with her best friend – her mom.
Event ManagerJosh specializes in entertainment. He brings great energy to every event and loves to teach people how to play casino games. His laughter is contagious and his smile, irresistible! He’s a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but we love him anyway!
T. J. Hill
MagicianMagician, comedian, or both? Pittsburgh native T. J. has been honing his unique brand of close-up magic since the age of 10, and it shows!
Brand AmbassadorCrystal brings a passion for involvement to each event. Whether at a private function or charity fundraiser she’s always ‘all-in’ to meet our clients’ goals. She enjoys weight training, creative crafts and volunteering for great causes!
MagicianWith a wonderful blend of mind-bending magic, sharp wit, and a great personality Ben Salinas has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years!
If you’re looking for entertaining, professional and organized casino themed parties, Elite is your one stop shop to making any event a success that will truly be remembered. Amanda Palshaw