February 8, 2023

Conestoga College students got a chance to hold ’em, fold ’em and hit lucky 21 during Conestoga Students Inc.’s unique casino night on Sept. 19.
The sounds of slot machines beeping, cards being flipped and shuffled and the cheers and groans of students were all part of this exciting night.
“We wanted to do something a little bit different, rather than the typical dance party,” said Rebecca Saba, program co-ordinator at CSI.
She added no money was exchanged. Instead, CSI gave students free entry passes which entitled them to four pink tickets. Each pink ticket was worth 10 poker chips, and if students lost all their chips CSI would give them one more pink ticket.
Students could go all in during poker or play it a bit safer at a blackjack table, roulette table or at two slot machines.
Students could cash in their chips for raffle tickets throughout the night. CSI had $1,000 in prizes which they raffled off at the end of the evening.
CSI pulled out all the stops for the event, with real casino-style poker and blackjack tables along with easy jazz music playing. They even hired real dealers to make the night as authentic as possible.
“The dealers we hired, they come from the company Hart Entertainment and they are professional dealers. They also do some explanation of the game if students aren’t sure how to play,” Saba said
Harrie Chadda, a first-year computer engineering student, said, “I came out with my friends for the first time. I’ve been playing my first game of blackjack. It’s also one of my favourite games here.”