UI Campus Activities Board to host Casino Night


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Bigger, better, and bolder, organizers say, this year’s Casino Night has some quirky new additions.
The IMU Main Lounge will transform into a casino at 9 p.m. today. The Campus Activities Board created this year’s event with a bigger budget.

Katie Brown, the variety and entertainment director of the board, said the new additions are a live jazz band, a DJ from KRUI, a photo booth, $1,000 worth of food, and a variety of game tables including blackjack, roulette, and a Texas hold ’em tournament. Raffle tickets are also available for a chance to win $100 worth of Hawkeye gear, a spa basket with Aveda products, an Apple TV, a coffee-theme basket, and more.

“We want students to feel like they are not at just a school-sponsored event but more of a casino-esque event,” Brown said.

Location is key for the ambiance of a casino. Brown noted that the event last year at Old Brick had a sparse attendance of 100 to 200 people. But Campus Activities Board coordinators expect this year to attract a wider audience of up to 400 people.

“My favorite part is to see the final product and see people play, not just to win prizes but because they are excited to be there,” Brown said. “The music and prizes are definitely high points of the event.”

Brown and other Campus Activities Board members look forward to a big event filled with new events, as well as the students’ reactions to the new prizes, activities, and food.

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