Blackjack, Poker and Russian Roulette

The Sharwan Smith Center ballroom got timewarped back to the roaring 20s by SUU’s Student Programing Board (SPB) on Sept. 7 as students showed up dressed in their best formal attire to try their luck at Casino Night.

Upon entering the event, students were given casino chips to spend their night gambling to win more chips that could then be traded in for raffle tickets. The event that night concluded with the raffle tickets being called to see which lucky student would win one of the prizes, which included: cleaning supplies, a crockpot, a printer and a Roku stick.

The way students are able to get rich in raffle tickets is at a variety of tables where they can test their luck at blackjack, roulette, poker and other Las Vegas favorites.

As freshman Rylie Debey, a general education major from Eagle Mountain, put it, “Casino Night is a great event! You get to come out and talk to people while having fun at the tables. A big plus is that you’re not gambling with your own money.”

This Casino Night was the event directing debut for sophomore Shaylee Barney, a communications major from St. George. During her freshman year, Shaylee helped with SPB events as an assistant and is now the one running the show as an event director. Shaylee summed up her thoughts on the event by saying that students should “go all in! You’ve got nothing to lose!”

When it comes to planning and putting on events such as Casino Night it is definitely not just a one person effort.

“SBP event planning is a lot of work and volunteering, but it is so worth it to be able to see an event come together,” Shaylee said. “It’s my personal philosophy that your life is not to be endured, it’s to be enjoyed and I believe these events are what make people happy, which is so important in college.”

If you have any interest in assisting with events, SPB encourages you to come out to the SPB office located in the Student Center, room ST177.

Story by: Carlee Jo Blumenthal
Photos by: Mitchell Quartz