by Hannah Langley ’21
Place your bets! On Friday, January 26, Providence College will be hosting one of its most popular events of the year – Casino Night – at 8:00 p.m. in Lower Slavin. The night features games such as Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold ’em, Craps, a Money Wheel, Chuck-a-Luck, Bingo, and raffles, as well as food and other fun festivities.
As you walk into Slavin on Friday night, you can expect decorations, such as oversized poker chips and cards, and an exciting atmosphere similar to that of a Las Vegas casino. Michelle DeLeo ’18, one of the student volunteers that helped coordinate Casino Night, mentioned how she loves that this night allows her “to use [her] creativity while at work and then see everyone enjoy the event.” None of the games are played for money, but there will be several exciting prizes this year, including a television, Fitbit, Keurig, NutriBullet, an instant camera, an Amazon Fire TV Stick and Echo, Bluetooth headphones, and a variety of gift cards. DeLeo mentioned her excitement about this year’s prizes, and her appreciation for the idea that “students can learn how to play casino games with nothing at stake.” Food will also be provided at the event from various popular Providence vendors including Jersey Mike’s Subs, Food For the Soul, and LaSalle Bakery.
In the meantime, students can make rounds to the different gambling tables and games set up throughout Slavin for a chance to win the prizes listed above and more. Karen Dumais, PC’s administrative services coordinator, says, “The layout of the gaming tables allows for the students to mingle and move about while still being able to keep an eye on all the action.” Dumais has been in charge of coordinating Casino Night for five years now, and raved about how it is one of her favorite nights of the year. She said, “Casino night just has a great vibe to it. There are so many different games to choose from that the students do not get bored. It is a night of fun and excitement that does not cost anything and you get to be with all your classmates.”
In between snacking and playing, students can also hang out by the DJ or take pictures in the photo booth. At the end of the night, everyone is able to participate in a raffle and auction to win some of the prizes available.
DeLeo also commented on the excitement surrounding Casino Night. She said the night is like “another holiday and is something we so look forward to each semester.” According to her, “Slavin feels entirely different than what we experience every day,” making the night such a fun experience. Dumais summarized her excitement, saying, “Overall, I think the students like it because it is a lively, engaging, exciting night that is easy to go to with friends, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.” She would also like to thank everyone who helped her with this event, especially Graduate Assistant Shanice DaSilva.
If you and your friends are looking for something different, entertaining, and inexpensive to do this weekend, pass through Slavin at 8:00 p.m. this Friday night. Who knows, the odds may just be in your favor!