Casino Night

Casino Night is Northern Arizona University-The W. A. Franke College of Business School of Hotel and Restaurant Management’s (HRM) fun-filled and exciting fund-raising event. Don’t miss this year’s fun! The benefits of this night extend beyond the evening’s fun. This event is held on NAU Family Weekend every year and beyond being the important scholarship fund raiser that it is, it is a hands-on event planning experience for the Casino Gaming Management course.

The event is arranged and managed by students of the Casino Gaming Management classes. Students actively apply what they have learned in class—and they love this hands-on challenge. They develop the marketing and promotion plan and, at the event, they deal blackjack, craps, roulette, bingo, and poker. They serve as pit-bosses, cashiers, and supervisors for raffle and auction departments. They develop human resources guidelines and train over 160 student staff members. They ballyhoo the prizes and manage the food and beverage sales and service.

The 21st annual Casino Night was held on Friday, September 26, 2014 during NAU Family Weekend so many students brought their parents and other family members with them to partake in the fun.

The event included such games as Texas Hold 'Em, Blackjack, Let It Ride, Pai Gow, Craps, Roulette, and "Extreme Casino Bingo," as well as other fun activites like a photo booth and both a live and silent auction. All of the SHRM students were friendly and helpful, making the event fun and memorable for all who attended.

A big draw for many attendees was "Extreme Casino Bingo," a version of the classic game with slightly modified rules. Players could buy cards for $25 in chips, and the person who won the game would collect the pot. At one point, when the room was packed and every chair was full and people were even standing against the walls, the pot was up to over $2,100.

Casino Night was an extremely fun event for people of all ages. There were many smiling faces, and everyone who went appeared to have a fantastic time. This is surely an event for everyone, and something students and parents should add to their Family Weekend itinerary next year.

If you joined us, we hope you had as much fun as we did making the evening happen. We thank you for your interest, past support, and hopefully your future participation.

Casino Night 2013 in Review

During the 20th Annual Casino Night, held Friday, September 27, 2013, the students earned substantial scholarship revenues—and had a great time doing it! Needless to say, Casino Night 2013 proved a lucky day for all involved.

"Casino Night 2013 was a great deal of success as it has been since its start 20 years ago. This year's event was focused on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Casino Night. We sold well over one thousand tickets and the du Bois ballroom was filled with excited parents and students. More than a hundred students came to support and work the event as dealers, hosts, and cashiers. Everyone looked like they were having a blast while raising money for the HRM and FCB schools! Overall it was a sensational night and a lot of fun to be a part of. Next year, come out and support Casino Night 2014!"

–Leah Smith, marketing team

Casino Night 2012 in Review

The 19th Annual Casino Night was held Saturday, September 29, 2012. This fun-filled evening took place immediately following the afternoon NAU football game.

By the Numbers:

We earned gross revenues exceeding $55,000. Most of the annual profits are added to the growing scholarship endowment for HRM students, taking this fund to well over $300,000.

Additionally, in the Spring of 2012 we awarded $12,000 in scholarships.

We hosted about 1,000 Mom’s and Dad’s; we served dinners to about 825 Mom’s and Dad’s as well as all the student volunteers.

Our staff that night totaled over 150 persons to make this a fun-flilled evening to remember.

If you joined us, we hope you had as much fun as we did making the evening happen. 

Casino Night 2011 in Review

The 18th Annual Casino Night was held September 24, 2011. With such a short time since the semester's start, the students had to hit the ground running. It was an amazing evening with a wonderful turnout, certainly given the short window for marketing and planning the event!

This evening ran from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., immediately following the afternoon NAU football game. Dinner was served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event's success by the numbers:
We raised $40,000.
We hosted about 1,200 Mom’s and Dad’s; we served dinners to about 1,000 Mom’s and Dad’s as well as all the student volunteers.
Our staff that night totaled over 150 persons to make this a fun-flilled evening to remember.

Our snapshot in video from the 18th Annual Casino Night:

Casino Night 2010 in Review

Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students from HA477 (Casino Gaming Management) rolled out a gourmet Italian Street Festival-themed dinner with flair as part of the 17th Annual Family Weekend Casino Night and Dinner. Almost 1,400 guests attended this scholarship fund raising event. The 80 students in class, along with another roughly 80 volunteers, hosted parents and families during this popular NAU Family Weekend event.

Under the direction of Professor Gary Vallen, HA 477 students came together at du Bois Conference Center to design and decorate a full-service casino. Students managed all aspects of the evening, serving in positions which included pit bosses, dealers (Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold-Em, Pai Gow, Let-It-Ride, Bingo, and more), dining room managers, hosts, auctioneers, raffle sales, human resources managers, and logistics managers (set-up and tear-down). Over 100 prizes were sold in the Silent Auction.

According to comments heard around du Bois, this was the best year to-date. Parents loved the cuisine, all employees were well-trained in their assorted duties, and the evening was flawless. The evening proved to be the third-most populated event on campus during Family Weekend, beaten only by the NAU Football Game and Tailgate BBQ.