90s make comeback at annual Casino Night

“Backstreet’s back! Alright!” With those words, the Campus Activities Board brought back the 90s during its annual Casino Night last Tuesday.

For three hours, attendees at the new Bayou Pointe student event center enjoyed free food, candy and a variety of casino games.

Black Jack, poker, roulette and many other popular casino games were available and free to play for students.

“The night was hectic. I’d be ripping and running, making sure everyone was happy. The music was good and the food was good,” said Hillary May, a senior biology major and CAB’s committee head for Casino Night.

Once signed in, students were given $1000 in fake chips to gamble to their hearts’ content. At the end of the night, they were allowed to trade in their winnings for raffle tickets.

Prizes for this year’s raffle included a Keurig coffee maker, Beats wireless headphones, a fitness tracker and a Bluetooth cooler among other items.

The 90s theme brought an added mix of fun. The night’s wardrobe came straight out of the end of the millennia itself.

Attendees paid homage to some of their favorite childhood shows and movies like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Clueless” and “Friends.”

Others drew inspiration from popular 90s musicians like Tupac, the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys.

Following the night’s theme, May dressed as one of the main characters from the 1997 film “Good Burger.”

Casino Night, an annual favorite among students, is always a highly attended event.

Due to the increasing participation each year, this year’s event was moved from its usual spot on the second floor of the SUB to the Bayou Pointe student event center. It was also the first time  many students  got to see the new event center.

Tyler Gunn, a junior psychology major, played Black Jack throughout the night and was happy with the returns he got from his bets.

“I’m just glad I got to come out here and have fun,” Gunn said.

“I played Black Jack, made a few good bets, got some tickets in and  learned to play a few games as well.”

Railyn Woods, a senior nursing major, didn’t plan on going to Casino Night but was talked into it.

“My friend Tyler made me come. I was going to go to the library to study but decided to come here for 10 minutes. It turned into three hours,” Woods said.

At the end of the night CAB officers pulled tickets and announced the winners of the raffle. Woods was among the few lucky winners. She went home happy with a new Go Pro camera.

There was also a costume contest for group and individual categories.