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Casino Night boasts large crowd, gives away big prizes

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Bryan Fahey is a dealer at the Wild West Casino Night. photo by Zak Bratton
Bryan Fahey is a dealer at the Wild West Casino Night. photo by Zak Bratton

Western attire and blue ticket stubs worth up to $10,000 describe “Casino Night,” one of the many events during this year’s Homecoming week at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The event took place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 9 p.m. with a prize drawing. Throughout the night, more than 250 CSU-Pueblo students embraced gaming culture, all while socializing and winning prizes.

Students could try their luck at craps or roulette, sit down for a game of poker or blackjack, or play bingo, to bring their money total up, or down, for a chance to enter one of the four prize categories. 

Category 1 included different “kits” that supplied the winner with various products. Kits included a “car kit”, “Swine Flu kit”, “Halloween kit”, “residence hall kit” containing many food items including Easy Mac, and a “hygiene kit.”

Category 2 featured the same idea of kits, but contained more expensive items. Prizes included a “creating memories kit”, “let it snow kit” complete with a large, red blanket, a “study kit”, a “sports kit” containing various sporting items such as basketballs and footballs, and a “dart board kit.”

Category 3 moved prizes into a large basket, with subsequent prizes being a “celebrity” basket featuring a Sean Penn tote bag, “camping out” basket containing a foldable chair, “movie night” basket, and “game night” basket with board games including Monopoly, Cranium, and more.

The final category, category 4, had only three prizes and even fewer possible winners. Prizes included an iPod Shuffle, a portable DVD player, and a Nintendo DS. The prizes in this category alone total over $350.

Alicia Beauer (red dress) deals another round at the Wild West Casin Night. photo by Zak Bratton
Alicia Beauer (red dress) deals another round at the Wild West Casin Night. photo by Zak Bratton

Winners:
Car Kit – DeMarcus Taylor
Residence Hall Kit – Brandon McCain
Halloween Kit – Brenna Dee
Swine Flu Kit – John Bigga
Hygiene Kit – Elizabeth Woods
Creating Memories kit – Melanie Stetson
Let it Snow kit – Anthony Bradford
Study kit – Ben Benavidas
Sports kit – Delaine Ross
Dart board kit – Jimmy Cunningham
Celebrity basket – Jenn Angel
Camping Out basket – Diego Baron
Move Night basket – Vinnie Gustavo
Game Night basket – Dalton Harrington
iPod Shuffle – Drew Dunner
Portable DVD Player – John Trivett
Nintendo DS – Coby Widock