High rollers step into town for the new and improved Casino Night

Matt Kuhns

It won’t quite be Caesar’s Palace or The Flamingo, but Casino Night at Iowa State will be a lot more than a few games of bingo and blackjack.

Casino Night, part of the program for Family Weekend, will be held Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Scheman Building.

Lynne Wittkopf, entertainment co-chairwoman for Family Weekend and junior in biology, said Casino Night has been a tradition for several years.

However, she said students and their families will notice some significant changes that were made to the event this year.

Brook Douglas, entertainment co-chairwoman of Family Weekend and junior in journalism and mass communication, said that along with typical casino games such as blackjack, craps and roulette, casino-goers can play basketball, foosball and air hockey.

Many ISU celebrities also will be making special appearances throughout the night.

Wittkopf said the list of guests will include KCCQ DJs, the ISU Pom Squad and Drum Line, caricature artist and Daily political cartoonist Carmen Cerra and ISU’s mascot Cy.

Wittkopf’s said she hopes that with the additional attractions, there will be things to enjoy “even if you’re not a big gambler or not having a good night at the table.”

Another change Wittkopf said she hopes to see at this year’s Casino Night, is a bigger student turnout.

“We’re trying to stress that you don’t need your family to [attend]; we want everyone to go,” she said.

As in past years, people will be given play money when they arrive at Casino Night, which they can then use to gamble.

If luck is with them, visitors can take their winnings to the “prize store” and purchase various donated items.

Wittkopf said the prizes include a TV and VCR, hotel and restaurant gift certificates and ISU memorabilia signed by ISU athletic standouts like Johnny Majors, Fred Hoiberg and Darren Davis.

“There’s something for everyone,” Wittkopf said.

At the end of the night, people will be allowed to purchase the biggest prizes in a special auction.

Admission to Casino Night will be $5 and children ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge.