About Us – The Elite Casino Events Team

Elite Casino Team Pittsburgh

“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. Still, 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 event becomes filled with joy and laughter! Our goal is to provide your guests with a wonderfully memorable experience, and we’ll work passionately to make that happen.”

– Dawn Takacs,  Elite Casino Events

The Elite Casino Events Team

 

Dawn Takacs | Elite Casino Events

Dawn Takacs – President

Dawn has worked in both arenas for over 30 years, casino and entertainment. It was only natural that she’d form her own company to bring together the best of both worlds! She has a passion for planning events, and it’s her personal touch that makes your event unforgettable. 

She is incredibly creative and loves sewing, small crafts, and designing beautiful things! These talents usually find their way to your event too! She adores her poker-playing hubby and sometimes plays now and then herself. Her idea of meditation is a long swim or relaxing poolside! But don’t be surprised to see her tap in on a gaming table either because she loves to deal blackjack and craps too! 

 

Billy Takacs | Elite Casino Events

Billy Takacs – Vice President

Billy played poker for more than five decades; he played gin for pennies before poker as a kid! His initials are (BET), which is ironic because he has been a gambler all his life! Billy worked in every area of the casino industry, whether at the poker table or the casino conference table.

His casino career began as an avid poker player and ended as the Poker Room Manager. It was then that Billy joined Dawn to build Elite Casino Events! Together they bring the expertise to make your event a 5-star party – unforgettable! Billy loves big-happy gatherings with family, cooking, playing poker tournaments, and shopping for bargains! 

 

Taren | Elite Casino Events

Taren Moran – Art Director 

Our talented mom of a kindergartener brings her graphic arts degree to work every day, creating the most fun, funky, and unique artwork for our clientele. Her talent and outstanding customer service skills make Taren an all-star team member for Elite!

Taren handles everything from customer service inquiries to creating magnificent artwork for our themed decor’ and photo booth brands! She is so easy to work with, and our customers love how lighthearted she is when they ask for anything, even the most seemingly ‘silly questions.’ This mother of one brings a modern edge to our office with old-school ethics. She loves mermaids, binge-watching her favorite shows, and playing with her spunky little boy!

Olivia Mae George | Elite Casino Events

Olivia Mae George – Brand Ambassador 

OMG! Yes, this is what we call our little dare-devil Olivia, who loves to sky-dive, zip-line, ski, and do anything with a risk factor! If you meet her, you’d never expect this quite reserved girl to be such a fan of all that is a fear-given rush!

Olivia is also one of our gorgeous showgirls, candy girls, and the person crashing your pics at the photo booth! She adores the silliness of it, and she’s an expert at helping you overcome your ‘photo-phobia!’ OMG! she has been on the team since 2017, and she’s played multiple roles on set in a few of our branded videos! Imagine that! She is often the person showing off our event images on Instagram to inspire you!

What Our Customers Are Saying:

Kary Claypool
Kary Claypool
16:51 18 Aug 22
We hired Elite Casino Events LLC to come to our Leaseholder Casino Night party at our Marina in Fox Chapel! They... couldn't have been more awesome to work with! They came earlier in the week to take a look at the space to plan where the tables would go. Then the day of, they had everything set up early and their dealers came exactly as scheduled and immediately went to work dealing! Tear down was just as efficient! Our leaseholders LOVED this event!! It was a HUGE hit!! I cannot thank Elite Casino enough for their professionalism, entertainment, and generosity! Recommend to anyone looking for a great Casino Night!!read more
Martin Marucci
Martin Marucci
16:21 18 Aug 22
Absolutely love Elite Casino Events! If you're looking for all of the fun of a night out at the casino with your... buddies, but without all the losing, ridiculous managers or headaches, get Elite Casino Events for your private event! They have THE best staff and management anyone could ask for. They take care of everything from top to bottom, even if you haven't tought of it, trust that ECE has! Thanks again Dawn and Billy for all your hard work.read more
Peyton Celuch
Peyton Celuch
14:18 18 Aug 22
Dealer was Billy and he made our night! Was a great teacher and also was able to joke around with us. It was the... perfect poker experience! Dawn was great in communicating and being flexible as well!read more
Cory Giebfried
Cory Giebfried
13:59 18 Aug 22
Their events are nothing less than FUN! Professionalism at its best! They above and beyond to make sure you’re having a... great time!read more
D J
D J
00:43 02 May 22
Elite Casino Events is top tier! Dawn and her team made sure my mother’s 50th birthday was beyond special. We did a 3... game special with an added hour and it was worth every penny!Highly recommend the photo booth to capture some amazing memories. Their artist, Taren customized a cover page and photo boarder for the photo booth that my mom absolutely loved. The casino games were awesome and really easy for even first time gamblers to get the hang of. If you need to throw a bangin’ party, you need Elite Casino events!read more
Kelly Adomnik
Kelly Adomnik
17:23 22 Apr 22
Never underestimated the power of professionals. I planned a 50th Birthday Party but I had very little experience in... event planning. Dawn was with me every step of the way, from telling me how many table games I'd need to listening when I was nervous and giving her opinion on drinks. The night of the party, she even stepped in to cover for the photographer!The tables are GORGEOUS! This is not a a bargain-basement operation with cheap Chinese Plastic! We all felt like the venue had been transformed to a casino.Since the event, I've had compliments pouring in on how much fun everyone had. People are specifically naming different dealers who facilitated their fun. The Birthday Boy was beyond Happy and I couldn't have done this without Elite Casinoread more
Cassidy Graham
Cassidy Graham
19:49 01 Mar 22
We had a blast at our company team building casino night. Elite came to our office set up and the fun soon began! The... dealers were so professional, but also a GOOD TIME. We had so much fun playing roulette, blackjack and Texas Hold Em' poker. Thank you to the whole team that made our fun night out happen!read more
Pam Liberatore
Pam Liberatore
01:11 26 Jan 22
We hired Elite Casino Events for our holiday party and could not be happier. They were prompt with correspondence, gave... accurate advice based on our needs, and had amazing personalities during the entire event! It was the perfect event to allow our entire team to bond and unwind after hard work the past few months!read more
Jodi Gdovic
Jodi Gdovic
00:38 04 Jan 22
Love this company and the people who run it. Very professional and the dealers are great and entertaining. Highly... recommend if your looking for an entertainment company for any occasion.read more
Heather Zema
Heather Zema
20:41 03 Jan 22
Amazing people! Great company for entertaining guest. The dealers are very knowledgeable and helpful and the owner is... awesome to work with!read more
Kealie Barbiaux
Kealie Barbiaux
17:10 22 Nov 21
Elite Casino Events helped me pull off an amazing 50th birthday for my husband! They were extremely responsive in the... planning process. Once the party started I could not have been happier. Our party was an absolute success all thanks to Dawn, Billy, Josh, Missy, Shoota, Paul, and Jennifer!!!read more
Brianna Glenn
Brianna Glenn
22:38 13 Oct 21
This was really the best addition to my husbands 40th birthday!! Everyone loved them i felt like they were my family by... the end of the night. Very fun on time and professionalread more
Kent Schmor
Kent Schmor
21:53 07 Oct 21
Partner with Elite every year for my annual James Bond event. Their casino games, photo booth, and decorations really... help take the event to the next level. If you're thinking of hiring them, don't hesitate! They are beyond worth it!read more
Beat the Streets Wrestling Lancaster
Beat the Streets Wrestling Lancaster
23:36 29 Sep 21
Elite Casino Events provides a top notch experience for event attendees and organizers. Dawn and Billy are a joy to... work with and truly care about the goals of the event by providing their insight to running a successful event. They hire a great group of individuals to work the gaming tables for our event each year. If you are looking for high quality service and a company that will support your cause, look no further than Elite for your next event. We truly the Elite Casino team and the Takacs family!read more
Shanna Tonelli
Shanna Tonelli
23:29 07 Aug 21
If looking for a fantastic time for your guests with minimal work on your end, then this is the place! Right from the... start, they make things seamless. Casino night is always a fun time, but it's the dealers that can make or break it, and the dealers were FANTASTIC!! They were professional, but so interactive and fun. If thinking about booking at all, do it!! You won't be disappointed and neither will your guest :)read more
A H
A H
19:21 06 Jul 21
Words can not express how grateful I am to have found Elite Casino Events. The team is friendly, affordable & went... above and beyond to execute my vision. Dawn's customer service is 1st class. I appreciate her taking time to ease my concerns & offer helpful suggestions along the way. We highly recommend their service & would totally book them again!read more
Monica Hosler
Monica Hosler
19:58 22 Jun 21
Elite Casino Events was so great to work with! Everyone enjoyed the games, from kids to adults! Thanks for making the... day even more special for our friends and family celebrating my son’s high school graduation!read more
Ashley Alston
Ashley Alston
14:36 13 Jun 21
The photo booth mirror was a surprise for my husband and I for our baby shower. It was a hit! All of our friends and... family loved it, as did we. The staff were great as well, friendly and fun. Dawn sent us extra copies of all of our guests pictures to keep. Awesome customer service. I highly recommend them. We will be booking another event very soon☺️☺️☺️read more
Yesh Navalgund MD
Yesh Navalgund MD
01:21 03 Jun 21
I had Elite Casino Events come for my husband's surprise 50th birthday-they set up very quickly; they were easy to... work with- very clear instructions were given to me and the office staff and dealers were so professional and informative to the party-goers; my husband loved them and wants to use them again for our next party! I can't say enough nice things about my experience with them. Definitely would recommend them.read more
Kate Takacs
Kate Takacs
12:19 02 Jun 21
My family loved the mirror photo booth and the greenscreen element had all of us laughing all day long! Great party,... thank you Dawn & Billy!read more
Christopher Gazze
Christopher Gazze
00:47 25 May 21
Elite Casino provided a wonderful entertainment option for students at our 2021 prom! Dawn was easy to work with and... she went out of her way to make the planning process as easy as possible to give our students the best experience. The mirror photobooth was a hit with a custom design on the picture printouts and the casino staff was courteous and helpful in teaching the games. They made sure everyone had enough time in the casino and it made for a memorable event. Thank you!read more
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