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Jackpot: Casino Night at Hillwood

By Dylan Valic

Staff Writer

LIU Promise teamed up with Relay for Life to hold a casino night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 7. Students played different card games such as blackjack and Texas hold’em to win over $5000 in prizes donated from Browse, Ticketmaster and other vendors. For students not interested in cards, there were craps and roulette tables, as well.

Students at a table

Admission to the event was free and each student who attended received
500 “LIU Dollars,” that could be used to place bets at the different tables and potentially multiply their earnings. Once students were done playing, they cashed out the LIU dollars for raffle tickets that give them a chance to win prizes. Students were also able to purchase additional “Relay Dollars” from Relay for Life representatives.

This was the first time a casino night event was held on campus. The idea
for the event came from students that suggested it to Campus Life. The equipment was rented from Enjoyable Entertainment, which also provided the “pit bosses” to run the tables.

DeAnna Aguinaldo, a freshman whose major is undecided, said she had a great time enjoying the festivities. “I like that people can come together and meet new people or hang out with friends,” she said.

Students played at various casino tables

Adam Pilzer, a junior health information management major, said he was impressed by how well the event was received by the student body.

“It was definitely well-run. I didn’t expect to see a big turnout from students, but seeing everyone playing all the games to win prizes and enjoying the re-opening of the End Zone with all of the new snacks, I was impressed with how everyone just came out to take time off from studying or working to have a good time with their friends,” he said. “I already asked if we can have this event again and was informed that it will be back.”

Relay for Life is a volunteer group that hosts fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life’s main event will take place on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

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