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I've gone to the Casino night the last two years. I don't believe they send out any information beforehand. When you get to the arena, just go in the VIP Entrance and they take your ticket, issue your chips, give you a list of auction items, and check your coat. I would recommend getting there a little early. It takes a while to get through the process of checking in. You can definitely take your camera. It is a great time to get pictures with them. They basically just mingle through the crowd and are easily approachable. I don't think I have seen any autographing going on in the past, but I don't think it's forbidden. Half of the players work the gaming tables while the others mingle. Then they switch. If you want to get at a table with one of the players, I would recommend planting yourself at a table at the very start. Once the table fills up, nobody budges for the entire time, so if you don't get there quick you won't be able to actually play at the tables where players are. Just my experience anyway..... It is a great event. Lots of fun.

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I've gone to the Casino night the last two years. I don't believe they send out any information beforehand. When you get to the arena, just go in the VIP Entrance and they take your ticket, issue your chips, give you a list of auction items, and check your coat. I would recommend getting there a little early. It takes a while to get through the process of checking in. You can definitely take your camera. It is a great time to get pictures with them. They basically just mingle through the crowd and are easily approachable. I don't think I have seen any autographing going on in the past, but I don't think it's forbidden. Half of the players work the gaming tables while the others mingle. Then they switch. If you want to get at a table with one of the players, I would recommend planting yourself at a table at the very start. Once the table fills up, nobody budges for the entire time, so if you don't get there quick you won't be able to actually play at the tables where players are. Just my experience anyway..... It is a great event. Lots of fun.

Dress for the event? Is it Black Tie or Suit and Tie and for the ladies?

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Frequently Asked Questions

When/Where/What Time?

The 3rd Annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting will be on Sunday, February 24 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the RBC Center.

How much is it to attend and how much of the ticket is tax deductible?

The Casino Night is $200 per person and $115 per ticket is tax deductible.

What is included in a ticket to Casino Night?

You will receive $1000 in play money to participate in many casino games such as black jack, poker, roulette, craps, and many more. Food and drink are also included in the ticket.

Will the Hurricanes Players and Coaches be attending?

Yes; all of the players and coaches will be broken into two groups and half will deal while the other half mingle. The groups will switch half way through the night.

What other activities will be at the Casino Night?

The Casino Night also features a silent and live auction full of one of kind memorabilia, unique items, team experiences and gift packages.

What is the Attire?

Semi Formal

Where do we park?

Participants will park in the VIP lot and enter through the VIP entrance.

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Am i the only one who thinks $200/per person is a ridiculous amount for this? :unsure:

Its for charity, tax deductable and its also a wine tasting event, all but $85 are deductable. If you ever participated in a charity event, this one is very reasonable plus you get to hang out with your favorite hockey players for a few hours which is something most dont ever get to do.

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Am i the only one who thinks $200/per person is a ridiculous amount for this? :unsure:

Its for charity, tax deductable and its also a wine tasting event, all but $85 are deductable. If you ever participated in a charity event, this one is very reasonable plus you get to hang out with your favorite hockey players for a few hours which is something most dont ever get to do.

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Am i the only one who thinks $200/per person is a ridiculous amount for this? :unsure:

Yes, you are the only one that thinks thats a "ridiculous amount", when you consider what is happening with the money and what you get to do for the money!

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Its for charity, tax deductable and its also a wine tasting event, all but $85 are deductable. If you ever participated in a charity event, this one is very reasonable plus you get to hang out with your favorite hockey players for a few hours which is something most dont ever get to do.

I agree. For this, $200 is not bad and to be honest, I am not surprised it is not $500. At least it is not like the Cancer charity event held 2 weeks ago in Raleigh that was $40K per person and the place looked packed.

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Am i the only one who thinks $200/per person is a ridiculous amount for this?

Nope. We went last year and it was a great event. Also - there was an open bar. I was in heaven with my sapphire and tonics last year ;)

I didn't see anyone asking for autographs at all but everyone took pictures. Last year I got my picture with Erik Cole at the end of the night. It was a really fun event!

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OH MY GOSH.... what a night. Anyone who thinks $200 is too much to spend doesn't realize the experience you will have. It was so surreal.... I was in line looking at the auction items, and looked behind me, Jeff Hamilton in line right behind me. All the guys blended in so well, you really had to "look" for them in the crowd. I stood at Bret Hedican's black jack table for the first round, and he was incredible. He was "cheating" to help everyone win, it was the most fun. I have such a respect for him...... and Kristi was there with her "Dancing with the Stars" partner Mark Ballas, i talked to him for about 10 minutes. Incredible......

All of the guys were so approachable..... i had pictures made with most of them. And the open bar and incredible food didn't hurt much either!! I apologized in advance to John Grahame for anything I would say to him, after my 4th glass of wine. He was incredible..... all of them were. I had heard in the past that Ray Whitney wasn't very approachable, but he was fabulous. I told him i really missed his Tripp Tracy antics, and he said "well, they come and go.... now that we're down to the line with the playoffs i have to be a little more serious". He was adorable........gladly taking pictures with anyone who asked. I asked to have my picture made with Wade Brookbank, but wanted to make sure he wouldn't start a fight with me.... he said "as long as you don't hit me first, you'll be fine". And Justin Williams...... OH MY GOSH. What a doll......... I could go on and on........

I bid on a few items, and always got outbid........ but it was worth every penny.

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OH MY GOSH.... what a night. Anyone who thinks $200 is too much to spend doesn't realize the experience you will have. It was so surreal.... I was in line looking at the auction items, and looked behind me, Jeff Hamilton in line right behind me. All the guys blended in so well, you really had to "look" for them in the crowd. I stood at Bret Hedican's black jack table for the first round, and he was incredible. He was "cheating" to help everyone win, it was the most fun. I have such a respect for him...... and Kristi was there with her "Dancing with the Stars" partner Mark Ballas, i talked to him for about 10 minutes. Incredible......

All of the guys were so approachable..... i had pictures made with most of them. And the open bar and incredible food didn't hurt much either!! I apologized in advance to John Grahame for anything I would say to him, after my 4th glass of wine. He was incredible..... all of them were. I had heard in the past that Ray Whitney wasn't very approachable, but he was fabulous. I told him i really missed his Tripp Tracy antics, and he said "well, they come and go.... now that we're down to the line with the playoffs i have to be a little more serious". He was adorable........gladly taking pictures with anyone who asked. I asked to have my picture made with Wade Brookbank, but wanted to make sure he wouldn't start a fight with me.... he said "as long as you don't hit me first, you'll be fine". And Justin Williams...... OH MY GOSH. What a doll......... I could go on and on........

I bid on a few items, and always got outbid........ but it was worth every penny.

Do tell about Willie.

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I thought the funniest part was when Erik Cole and Eric Staal were bidding against each other for the artist print of....Staal and Cole :lol: .

All the players were very gracious and blended in, sometimes you did have to do double take after you realized who was standing next to you. I was able to chat with Joe Corvo and Wade Brookbank for a couple of minutes and they both were genuinely happy to be here and contributing. I think Corvo was really surprised how gracious the fans were and werent acting like stalkers in their faces,"its a welcome change".

Id have to say that Trevor Letowski and his wife are two of the nicest folks Ive met in a long time, and Dennis Seidenberg is thinking about another week and a half. Watching the way the players and their sig. others all interacted with each other, you could tell that its a pretty close locker room.

Best auction item was the "grilling with the coaches-beasts of the southeast". The coaching staff is sponsoring a backyard bar-b-q with the whole staff, the $4000 grill, team autographed apron, signed jerseys from the SE beasts (Jokinen, OV, Kovulchuk, LeCalvlier and Staal) all for you're group of people.

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I thought the funniest part was when Erik Cole and Eric Staal were bidding against each other for the artist print of....Staal and Cole :lol: .

All the players were very gracious and blended in, sometimes you did have to do double take after you realized who was standing next to you. I was able to chat with Joe Corvo and Wade Brookbank for a couple of minutes and they both were genuinely happy to be here and contributing. I think Corvo was really surprised how gracious the fans were and werent acting like stalkers in their faces,"its a welcome change".

Id have to say that Trevor Letowski and his wife are two of the nicest folks Ive met in a long time, and Dennis Seidenberg is thinking about another week and a half. Watching the way the players and their sig. others all interacted with each other, you could tell that its a pretty close locker room.

Best auction item was the "grilling with the coaches-beasts of the southeast". The coaching staff is sponsoring a backyard bar-b-q with the whole staff, the $4000 grill, team autographed apron, signed jerseys from the SE beasts (Jokinen, OV, Kovulchuk, LeCalvlier and Staal) all for you're group of people.

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I thought the funniest part was when Erik Cole and Eric Staal were bidding against each other for the artist print of....Staal and Cole :lol: .

Did you catch who won?

Keep 'em coming! These stories are so interesting.

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Did you catch who won?

Keep 'em coming! These stories are so interesting.

Staal won after Erik gave up and some other poor guy was in the back of the room bidding until he looked over and realized who the other two bidders were... The look on his face was like OH Well!!!! I aint winning this one...

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It was an absolute blast. The wife and I got to play poker against Sammy, Coiner, & Franchise. Then we played blackjack against Lavi, he was really trying to help people win double and triple asking are you sure you don't want another card (he would peek sometimes before he dealt it). Super friendly guys, down to earth. Sammy says he's settling in and that he's glad his two kids aren't in school yet because the moves are hard enough without having to change schools, for the second shift he was the dealer at the same table. Coiner was all business or shy I'm not sure which. But he was definitely focused on the game. Most of the guys seemed like they were having fun but by the end of the night they were gathered in about four places amongst themselves. Got a chance to thank Wallin & Seids for doing St Baldricks and they're like oh you do that to. We bid on the Kaberle basket, the Pearl necklace, the awesome looking hockey stick bench and toy box (those were beautiful, made by the Stillmans) they were both made from retired hockey sticks and signed by the players. However, we were outbid on all but the pearl necklace, from Pearl Paradise. So the wife is happy. they also had a "Mystery Puck Fundraiser" $25 got you a wrapped up signed with COA puck and one of the puck wraps also had a mystery prize of 4 lower level tickets to the Mar 6 Wild game and a Canes fan pack including signed stuff and team apparel. We bought 2 and got a Cullen and a Staal. What are the odds. I know they raised a good chunk of change for "Kid", We will definitely do again.

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It was an absolute blast. The wife and I got to play poker against Sammy, Coiner, & Franchise. Then we played blackjack against Lavi, he was really trying to help people win double and triple asking are you sure you don't want another card (he would peek sometimes before he dealt it). Super friendly guys, down to earth. Sammy says he's settling in and that he's glad his two kids aren't in school yet because the moves are hard enough without having to change schools, for the second shift he was the dealer at the same table. Coiner was all business or shy I'm not sure which. But he was definitely focused on the game. Most of the guys seemed like they were having fun but by the end of the night they were gathered in about four places amongst themselves. Got a chance to thank Wallin & Seids for doing St Baldricks and they're like oh you do that to. We bid on the Kaberle basket, the Pearl necklace, the awesome looking hockey stick bench and toy box (those were beautiful, made by the Stillmans) they were both made from retired hockey sticks and signed by the players. However, we were outbid on all but the pearl necklace, from Pearl Paradise. So the wife is happy. they also had a "Mystery Puck Fundraiser" $25 got you a wrapped up signed with COA puck and one of the puck wraps also had a mystery prize of 4 lower level tickets to the Mar 6 Wild game and a Canes fan pack including signed stuff and team apparel. We bought 2 and got a Cullen and a Staal. What are the odds. I know they raised a good chunk of change for "Kid", We will definitely do again.

The wife got the Wizard's puck and set it my sons room so he saw it when he woke up this AM. He was pretty stoked... It was a great time!

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This was my second year going, and as always, the players were super nice. Eaves I especially liked. My friend and I wore heels, which neither of us do, so our feet were killing us. We headed over to a seat to sit, and some guy beat us. I was saying, No don't sit there! We got over and it was Eaves. We sat down and talked with him. Super nice guy! Poor thing must have been starving! He did look cute in the Elvis shades!

We took tons of pictures, and the funniest guy was Ray. I asked for a picture and he said that he didn't take pictures with women who were taller than him! I started to take my shoes off, not that it would help since I'm 6'1" without them, then he said that it was okay his wife towers over him all the time. :lol: Ray was a nut, and I wouldn't have expected anything less from him.

One highlight was giving Hedican directions to the dessert table. I went to get apicture with him later on that night and he gave me flack about not getting one when DeWaltGirl had hers done. We were like, you were in a mad rush for dessert! :)

Letwoski recognized me from the UPS Store where I ran into him just last week. I was surprised he recognized me.

Overall, I had a great time again last night! The guys are great! Although almost having to chase Gleason down wasn't fun. I told him if he made us chase him that we would throw ours heels at him on the ice. :lol:

The Elvis impersonaters were great! I didn't expect them, and I thought they all were very cute! I will say best dressed goes to Stormy! He always looks great dressed up!!!

Can't wait for next years event!

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Anyone get any good pics of Eaves? He is my fav player and I miss him, wish he was still with the Sens :( He is super sweet, nice guy who will take the time to chat with you. Everytime I would run into him we would chat. We met a few years ago before me made the Sens. Nice guy.

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