On February 10th, DMU’s Poker society kicked off with a completely new and interesting way to raise money for charity – a Casino Night! Held at the SU, the doors were open to anyone – either the casino scene veterans or the casual curious person. The event included Blackjack, Roulette and Texas Hold’em Poker, along with refreshments provided by the Cocktail Society and even the possibility to win some prizes.

Matthew Cooper, one of the organizers of the event, says the idea came about during a societies training session and its basis was to create an event involving more than one society.

He said: “After discussion we came up with a Casino Night as we could look to involve other societies. After the training session we decided to keep going with the idea as a society and got down to planning the event.”

With this ‘all included’ thematic, the organizers chose to go local charity-vise, gifting all of the events donations to the Leicester Hospitals trust.

Cooper said: “We chose the Leicester Hospitals trust as we wanted to not only support a local charity but also because we didn’t want to help just one particular cause so the trust made sense as it covers a number of different causes.”

Of course, a brand new idea like this can’t go smoothly right off the bat. Due to time constrains and a lot of performances having to be cancelled, the event had a smaller turnout than expected.

He said: “However despite this the night was still very enjoyable and the support from the Poker Society was brilliant. It was great to see our members so eager to help out on the night alongside Cocktail Society who made and served various cocktails for guests.”

We look forward to seeing the Casino Night become a staple event in DMU’s student culture in the future