We at GSH Casino Parties work with some of the greatest dealer entertainers in the business!  They come from all walks of life! Some being actual casino dealers, some retirees, some are students, some are teachers, veterans, any many, many more various backgrounds!  In fact, our dealers are so amazing, we thought we’d introduce you to them so you may get an idea of who might be working your amazing events! Please, MEET OUR DEALERS!!!

 

  1. Name: Mike Oboikovitz
  2. How long you have been dealing games:  15 years
  3. What is your favorite game to deal:  Craps and Poker
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events:  “WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!” Seriously, I hear it at EVERY event. 
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: So many to choose from! One that comes to mind, I was invited to David Garrards (quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 02’-10’) house to deal a private poker game.  Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones Drew, Josh Scobee, and a few other classic players were in attendance. Towards the end of the night, Garrard, or wasn’t much of a poker player, took me to the side to teach me an old family card game that he loves and we played it for an hour or two while the other players were finishing up their game.  They were all very accommodating and a great group of people.

 

  1. Name: Viki Kazhdan
  2. How long you have been dealing casino games: 3 years
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: Blackjack
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: Thank you for teaching me how to play.
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: I was dealing Blackjack at a holiday party in Lake Forest and the guests were all having a blast. The last hour of the event the guests that were at my table were asking me questions about how I remember all the rules and payouts as a dealer, I responded with “it comes naturally.” So one at a time I bought them behind the table and taught them how to deal Blackjack. By the end of the night, they were all professionals at playing and dealing

 

  1. Name: Michael Esposito
  2. How long you have been dealing casino games: I’ve been a professional dealer for seven years.
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: My favorite game to deal is Roulette.
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: I really enjoy when the guests tell me how much fun they are having. I see myself as an entertainer.

 

 

 

 

  1. Name: Ebony Stewart
  2. How long you have been dealing games: I’ve been a dealer since 2000.
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: My favorite game to deal is Craps/Dice.
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: At dealing events, many of my guests are excited to have the opportunity to learn from an actual dealer how to play. They often ask me all of the questions that they are intimidated to ask a dealer in an actual casino.
  5.  What is your favorite story from an event: My favorite encounters with my guests at a dealing event are any instance’s where my guests are engaging and having fun. I love when at the end of the evening the guests at my table have a better understanding of the game that they initially felt

 

  1. Name: JIM OKEN
  2. How long you have been dealing games: 35+ YEARS
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: BLACKJACK
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: “HOW DO YOU PLAY THIS GAME ?”
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: 1986 PARTY AT MIKE DITKAS HOUSE IN LAKE FOREST WITH THE SUPER BOWL BEARS.

 

 

 

 

  1. Name: Mike “Dj Heavy E” Ebner
  2. How long you have been dealing games: 3 years or so with you 10 plus years in all
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: Blackjack
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: I hear all the time just how entertaining we are as opposed to other companies.
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: Favorite story hands down is the client’s request to have a BLACKHAWKS themed wedding, with a New Years Eve Party, with GSH Casino games, and me all at once which evolved from so many great GSH parties with the same clients prior. They wanted US for their unforgettable Happy Day!

 

  1. Name: Carl Pedersen
  2. How long you have been dealing games: 4 years
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: My favorite game to deal is actually Poker because I enjoy the game and dealing helps me see many, many hands of strategy from others, but most times Blackjack is more fun.
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: Guests at my tables tend to have FUN.  I try to make a unique and enjoyable atmosphere.  Casinos are cold and aloof. GSH events are fun and make people feel happy.
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: At an event in Skokie, the host was at my Blackjack table.  He made a big bet and hit Blackjack! He came around the table and jumped into my arms, just as the photographer snapped a perfectly timed picture.  When they have that much fun, you know they will come back again and again and again.

 

 

  1. Name: Kevin Muckian
  2. How long you have been dealing games: 2 years
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: I enjoy dealing all of the games GSH offers but my favorite is craps. When a hot shooter is up and every player around the table is winning the energy becomes contagious.
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: What I hear quite frequently from new players, in particular, is how they never realized how much fun gambling could be.
  5. What is your favorite story from an event: While dealing blackjack at a show in Springfield, one guest was dead-set on beating the dealer. The guest followed my advice all night long resulting in ebbs and flows of winning and losing. Time was nearing an end and so was the guest’s patience with my basic strategy tips. She placed the maximum bet down and I dealt the hand. The player had a 16 while the dealer was showing a 14. Normally the ‘blackjack bible’ would advise the player to stay. Not this player. “Hit me!” she said. I asked, “Are you sure?” The player confidently starred me in the eyes and responded, “Yes. I want to beat the dealer”. A “five” card came her way to make 21! She went on to max bet the following 5-6 hands all of which resulted in wins, and the woman who wanted to beat the dealer took home the grand prize.

 

  1. Name: Randy Brickman
  2. How long you have been a dealer: With GSH about four or five years.
  3. What is your favorite game to deal: 1st: Craps, 2nd: Blackjack
  4. What is something you hear most from guests at events: Especially on Craps, that they have no idea of how to play or are a bit intimidated by the number of players and the loudness of a full table. That is when we are at our best walking the new or inexperienced players through the basics of the game. Almost always will the guest leave with a greater understanding and confidence.
  5. What is your favorite story from an event:  At a private house party we had a woman that clearly fit into the category of new and a bit nervous at the craps table. After about 20 minutes or so of continuous play, she was feeling very comfortable and clearly showing that she was having a great time playing.  As the game progresses and the dice moved to the other end, thus the stick was at my end, I decided to involve her into the action a little more by bringing her over to my spot as the dealer. I then handed her the stick and had her perform the functions that I did while I moved over to her table spot. At first, she was surprised by the request but quickly decided that this was fun, I assisted her with the payouts and other activities so as not to be overwhelmed. This continued until it was time to hand the stick off to my partner. In the end, the joke was on me as she was having too much fun and did not want to relinquish the stick.  As this was a private party, the woman and the other players were all friends so great encouragement was offered by all and everyone became part of the action.