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The History of Casinos Wild 

Casinos Wild Inc. was founded in 1995, after a 15 year in-depth analysis of the Las Vegas Gaming Industry. Casinos Wild prides itself on providing Las Vegas style entertainment for charitable fundraisers, corporate parties and events, and giving our students the necessary training and basic skills that will enable them to pursue a career as a professional casino dealer with the ability to relocate anywhere in the world as a dealer in the gaming industry!

On February 3, 1997, the Michigan Department of Career Development (formerly known as the Michigan Department of Education) licensed Casinos Wild Inc. as Michigan's First Proprietary Vocational School for Casino Dealer Training. Day, evening and weekend classes are offered in a well-designed educational facility that is staffed with experienced professionals eager to help our students achieve their career goals.

Casinos Wild is certified with the city of Detroit Human Rights Department Contract Division as a certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and is licensed through the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (Certificate # 20010035 since 1997) as well as the Bureau of State Lottery's Charitable Gaming Division (Supplier License ID # W25900). We are an approved educational provider, with tuition assistance available, for:

  • Veterans Administration (VA)
  • Michigan Works Agencies (No Worker Left Behind)
  • MGM Grand Casino (Detroit)
  • SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae Student Funding)
  • State of Michigan, Dept. of Treasury Michigan Merit Award Scholarship Funding (MEAP)
  • United Steel Workers of America (USWA)
  • American Axel Manufacturing (UAW-AAM, TAP)
  • UAW Ford Hourly Members (ETAP)
  • UAW GM Hourly Members (TAP)

As we approach our 13th year of operation, we celebrate a proven track record with letters of recognition from casino and industry leaders, including a distinguished service award from the City Counsel of Detroit. We have trained and successfully placed many of our graduates in casinos throughout the country.

Our Objectives are:

  • First: To provide knowledge and skills that will enable our students to become competent, professional and wildly successful employees in the fast growing casino gaming industry. We accomplish this by giving our students First Class, Hands-On Training provided by seasoned, professional dealer trainers.
  • Second: To provide Las Vegas style entertainment for non-profit / charitable (501-C3) fundraisers and events that assist the organizations with their image of professionalism and help to raise more funds than traditional fundraising strategies such as bake sales and talent shows.
  • Third: To provide Las Vegas style entertainment for Corporate Events and Private Parties that ensure that our clients and their guests have a fun, unforgettable time while receiving the Vegas VIP treatment that they deserve.

We stand passionately committed to helping our state and surrounding communities through educational goals, assisting with charitable causes and helping businesses, families and friends plan quality, fun-time events that create lasting memories!


Patty and Raymond Amigoni - CEO & CFO

Patty Amigoni founded Casinos Wild in 1995 after a 15 year analysis of the Las Vegas Gaming Industry. As a native of Metro Detroit, she is dedicated to providing professional employment skills to Michigan's automotive workers, displaced workers and economically disadvantaged residents.

She continues to be the driving force behind Casinos Wild's expansion and has amassed a large number of significant accomplishments and advancements for her clients, students, the gaming industry and the State of Michigan.

"I started Casinos Wild in order to make a difference by giving people a means of making a living," said Patty when asked about her inspiration. "If one makes a difference, then that's all that matters! I'm thrilled to know that we've made a difference in hundreds of people's lives."

Raymond Amigoni is the acting CFO of Casinos Wild and runs the company with Patty, his wife.


Judy Shurmur - Office Comptroller

Judy is the nerve center of Casinos Wild, organizing all the incoming and outgoing information and acting as the first point of contact for potential students and clients.


Patrick Clark - Instructor, Pit Boss

Patrick Clark acts as a Pit Boss for our clients events and also teaches at the Gaming Academy.


Lowell Hogel - Instructor, Pit Boss, Floor Supervisor

Lowell Hogel functions as a Pit Boss and Floor Supervisor for our client's events and parties. In addition, he teaches at the Academy.


Darryl F. Hodgeson -Lead  Instructor, Certified Professional Dealer

Darryl F. Hodgeson is an instructor at the Gaming Academy.


Mary Jason - Technical Advisor, Instructor

Mary Jason serves on the Techncal Advisory Team and acts as an Academy Instructor.


Richard Dupree - Certified Professional Dealer

Richard Dupree is a Certified Professional Dealer who performs at our client's parties and events.


Mike Steward - Technical Advisor, Pit Boss

Mike Steward is a member of Casinos Wild's Technical Advisory Team and also functions as a Pit Boss at our events.