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Local Casino Night is just like Vegas, but wihtout Celine Dion.

Poker, blackjack, and slot fans converge at Grays Armory tonight for the third-annual Casino Night. The high-rolling event -- which typically draws more than 1,000 people -- benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It was launched during the Texas Hold ’Em craze of 2005. “We thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot, and see if people like this,’” says spokeswoman Liz Lewis. “And they do.”

Players pony up $75 for $50 worth of “fun money” to bet at various tables and machines. If they lose all their chips, more can be purchased at face value. Winnings go toward raffle tickets for a chance to snag one of 60 different prize baskets -- including a gift-certificate package from five Little Italy restaurants and a two-night stay at the downtown Hampton Inn. There’s also a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, plus an open bar -- all to give gamblers that Vegas vibe. “You’ll get hooked,” laughs Lewis. “People are really not serious about the gambling, but it’s still a fun night.”
Fri., March 23, 6:30-11:30 p.m.

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