Bet on casino night to be a win

The sound of dice rattling together, the flipping of cards and the racking of the wheel will soon fill the Student Center Ballroom. Students need to start practicing their dice throwing skills and their deck shuffling. Luck be a lady because Casino Night is coming to Sonoma State University.

Casino Night is scheduled for Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The event is co-produced by multiple student organizations including Associated Student Productions, Campus Life Programming, Village Council and Residential Student Association. 

“We are all working together to make this event bigger and better than ever before,” said Residential Student Association president Austin Gardner.

Casino Night is free for any Sonoma State student.  Free food will also be available all night including mocktails. 

“We are having a circus circus casino theme this year with cool lights, red and white tents, peanuts and a fun circus feel,” said Emily Wirdzek, senior lead Campus Life Programmer.  

According to the event overseers, the night will have standard poker and blackjack. In addition to casino games there will be plinko, wheel of fortune, spoons and apples to apples.

Students can win chips and trade them in for raffle tickets. The students can enter the raffle tickets for specific prizes. 

Mini raffles will be held every half hour with the main raffle planned for the end of the night. Prizes include bike helmets, gift cards and Giants merchandise. 

“I hope they have a chance to enjoy a night out with friends in a safe environment, where they can take fun pictures, win some prizes and make memories. I would love for them to see how awesome on campus events can be and are encouraged to come out to more,” said Wirdzek.   

Other activities will include a photo booth and big jenga, which is like regular jenga but with large pieces that reache about four feet when stacked.

There will also be a live band karaoke. That is, instead of a karaoke machine, the music to sing to is supplied by a live band. “It’s like an event within the event,” said Casey LaBarbera, advisor for Associated Student Productions.  

“I hope the students are able to come to Casino Night and enjoy a safe and exciting environment, while socializing with fellow residents and the campus community on a Friday and Saturday night,” Gardner said. “The main goal of this event is for students to make new friends and enjoy themselves.”

“This 25 year event is a tradition,” said Director of Campus Life Programming, Mo Phillips. “It’s a social event for students for connect with new people and reconnect with old friends.”