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Application Details
Entrant Club(s):UC Amateur Sports Society
Entry completed by:Sol Cerson
Club Role:Events Manager
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best New Initiative or Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:UCASSino
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

UCASSino is a luxurious night of risk, suspense and fun. Utilising the classy fit of Bently's Bar, UCASS provided a nights trip to the bright lights of Vegas. Betting through a selection of Scum, Roulette, Black Jack, Horses, Pool or Poker to win (uc)ASS chips in exchange for free piss.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

Problems: University is stressful, Casinos are expensive & Fake ID's are Illegal.

Solution: UCASSino.

As with all UCASS events we set out to make an affordable way for students to have fun and meet new people to relieve some of their stress from study. UCASSino's aim was to provide the thrill of a real casino but allow it to be open to under 20 year olds and also financially student friendly as a $10 ticket gave over $15 of drinks plus a chance to play. Through a chatty exec and open games tables students were encouraged to meet new people.

How did you make it happen?

Our first problem was we are not a casino. We had no equipment and after research realised the equipment was very hard to access in Christchurch within budget. We utilised the UCSA Noticeboard to rent a pool table from students and rummage together as many poker chips as possible before buying every poker set in the Riccarton Warehouse. We then had to hire and transport Roulette wheels and Black jack mats from Auckland which arrived hours before the event.

Additionally had to: Teach exec rules to all games, film amazing promo and create a fair chip-drink exchange (very financially difficult)

How did you make it better?

As explained above, we went through great measures to make sure we had the best equipment possible instead of cutting it cheap. The professional equipment as well dressed dealers (exec) is what made the event feel like a real casino.

We understood that dressing up fancy isn't for everyone so intruded the theme of High Rollers and Hometown Hustlers to open the event to a wider audience.

We branched out of Bentlys and hazed the Room of Requirements with a smoke machine to create a musty backroom poker environment.

Encouraged the teaching of games so everyone could participate and learn.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

The UCASSino created almost 0 waste.

By hiring from Auckland and other students we were re-using as much equipment as possible.

All the equipment we did purchase has been stored away to be reused for the years to come. We did consider creating paper/card chips to encourage sustainability (no plastic) however decided it is important to have chips we can reuse each year.

The only waste was through the bags in which were used to carry students' chips. These were all paper to improve sustainability even though plastic would have been cheaper.

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