The Govs Programming Council transformed the UC ballroom into a Las Vegas-style lounge for “Casino Night” On Wednesday, April 10.
Students in attendance were greeted at the door by a set of door-size playing cards and a showgirl draped in red sequin and feathers. Once inside, guests were given $25,000 worth of reserve notes to be used for games and instructions on how to place their bets for the night.
Each reserve note came with a printed reminder of its intent of use: a written promise that it was good for games, food, drinks or anything else required to give its holder a great night.
“It’s just an end of the year celebration for students,” said Brittany Clark, GPC staff member and senior marketing major. Clark said the overall goal of Casino Night was to keep it “fun” and “free for students.”
Various casino games lined the walls of the ballroom, including slots, blackjack, craps and a roulette wheel. A photo booth adorned with props such as wigs, masks and beads was available, as well. Attendees were also given the opportunity to compete in a poker tournament.
“I learned how to play a lot of casino games,” said senior computer science major Jess Brundige. Brundige called Casino Night a “novel idea,” but had one problem with the event.
“I had a lot of fun, but I ended up forfeiting $40,000 worth of play money because all the prizes were gone,” Brundige said.