GREENVILLE – “Blackjack! The win pays double… here’s your two grand!” Two blue Monopoly-sized $1000 bills slid across the table to the lucky player who hit her Ace with a face card; in this case a king. On the other side of the room every slot machine was in action. In the back the roulette wheel turned throughout the evening with yellow, green and blue bills exchanging hands after each rotation.
It was for a good cause… the Cancer Association of Darke County. According to Dori Howdieshell about 85 people attended the annual Casino Night event May 9 at VFW Post 7262. The previous year’s event raised about $2,500 for the association. While the final count isn’t finished, it was no different this year. Howdieshell estimated another $2,500 was the payout for the evening of fun and games.
“Everybody left with a $10 or more gift certificate, or a $10 or more gift,” she said. “This couldn’t have happened without the generosity of so many of our merchants.” Carol Reck won the top prize, a carpet from Wholesale Carpet Outlet in Gettysburg.
“Thanks to everyone for attending and supporting the evening,” she added.
The Cancer Association’s annual Casino Night typically runs two or three Blackjack tables, slot machines, a “lucky 7 dice” table, cake walk and more. New this year was a basketball shoot and bowling game. Attendees, in addition to a door prize based upon their winnings for the evening, are fed hot dogs, pizza from Marcos and a variety of snacks and finger foods.
The goal is win the most money of the evening for the top prize. Volunteers are not shy about helping those who keep their events busy… one blackjack dealer told his players the house would pay double on the last hand of the night. That hand turned out to be a ‘double-down’ on two aces, both resulting in a Blackjack.
The ‘House’ got wiped out.
Three Blackjack tables were kept busy most of the evening at the recent Casino Night. (Bob Robinson photo)