It is no surprise that one of the first places a new 21-year-old wants to go is to the casino. Surrounded by loud voices, poker chips and a variety of ways to lose money rather than profit, most get lost in the atmosphere, betting a lot more than they should.
What if there were a casino you could go to where you couldn’t lose? Friday Nov. 5, Elizabethtown College’s SWEET will be hosting Casino Night; this event occurs at 9 p.m. in the Susquehanna Room (located behind Myer). According to junior Kayla Lina, the SWEET programmer in charge of Casino Night, the event is scheduled to run for about two hours. Lina stresses that in this casino, it doesn’t matter if you are underage, and you don’t have to be 21 to come in and have some fun.
“This casino night will be similar to the one we held during TGIS a few years ago,” Lina said. “Each person who attends will receive a bag of poker chips when they enter to be used during a variety of casino-themed games.”
These games include poker, roulette, blackjack and craps. The dealers in this casino are actual students, bringing to life the casino atmosphere by dressing in black and white attire. Also, like a real casino, there will be servers to provide attendees with fun mocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Once you’re finished with your game-playing, you can trade in any poker chips you win for tickets. Like the lottery, you can put your tickets toward certain casino-themed prizes, in which a drawing will determine the winner for each prize. Lina also said that cash prizes may be up for grabs.
“I actually haven’t really looked into it until now,” senior Allie Martin said. “After hearing you describe it, I really think I might check it out. It’s not every weekend you get down to Atlantic City to the real casinos, so for SWEET to bring one to Etown is pretty cool.”
Martin also seemed intrigued by the fact that everyone walks in with a chance to win.
“It’s nice that you’re not rigged to lose for once. I feel like I won’t make any decisions I’ll regret later. It’s fun to go into it with nothing to lose and to have a great time with friends. The prizes up for grabs don’t hurt either!”
“The last casino night I went to was really fun,” senior Krystal Talley said. “The Susquehanna room was set up like a real Vegas casino, and I enjoyed seeing the OSA employees dressed up like real [dealers].”
“They had raffles for those who didn’t want to partake in any of the table games. They also had little appetizers and music,” Talley continued. “I expect the upcoming casino night will be along the same lines, and I’m definitely looking forward to it!”
Don’t worry about your poker face or roulette skills for Casino Night at Etown Nov. 5; this is one of the only casinos where you really can’t lose.