By Sean Harris ’11
The hum of slot machines, the clink of poker chips, the buzz of students as they hope for raffle prizes; these are the sounds of Brophy’s Casino Night.
This late-night event took place on Thursday Oct. 8, in the Great Hall from 8 to 11 p.m.
Luck rewarded certain students at the raffle with big ticket prizes, including a Snowbird package won by Rob Lennard ’13.
Gregory Emmons ’13 walked home with a flat screen TV after winning the Texas Hold ’Em tournament, which went well into the late hours of the night.
Seeing the transformation the Great Hall had undertaken, one would find it hard to imagine that it served as a cafeteria days earlier. Sodas were handed out in free light-up cups along with popcorn and candy, horse races were shown on the projectors and teachers like Mr. John Damaso ’97 dealt cards at blackjack tables at this now yearly event.
The origins of Casino Night coincide with the interest taken in Texas Hold ’Em tournaments on TV.
“It originally started the night before Thanksgiving break as a Texas Hold ’Em tournament,” said Assistant Principal for Student Activities Mr. Jeff Glosser. “We did that for a couple years…it expanded four years ago during my first Homecoming where I expanded the Homecoming Dance to half-dance half-event.”
Casino Night was then moved to a standalone event that would take place whenever Brophy had a bye week in football.
Students have been very receptive to Casino Night.
“I liked the Texas Hold ’Em Tournament,” said Cody Ward ’11. “The competition made it exciting. What really made the night fun was hanging out with friends.”