By Chris Gordon
Yep. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals held their fourth annual Casino Night at the Pentagon City Sheraton. Fans had the opportunity blow fake money gambling with their favorite players, as well as dishing out real money on a live auction featuring big-ticket experiences, a silent auction on equipment and memorabilia, and a raffle. The money made from Casino Night will benefit the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The team has raised nearly $1 million on past Casino Nights, and the live auction this year took in over $40,000.
“We did a got of research on craps,” Karl Alzner, who was there with his wife Mandy as well as her mom and grandparents, told me. “The correct throw and the technique and all that.”
“Even though it’s play money it’s still a lot of fun,” Alzner added. “We get to dress up.”
When I talked to Tom Wilson about the night, he had one main takeaway.
“Ovi’s pretty risky,” Wilson said.
Below, take a look at some of my photos from the night.
Karl Alzner waves to the fans.
Troy Brouwer makes an entrance.
The newest Cap.
Ovi playing poker.
Tom Wilson and Casey Wellman play some blackjack.
Eric Fehr, Brooks Laich, and Jay Beagle at the craps table.
Joel Ward and Aaron Volpatti playing craps.
Some silent auction items.
Brouwer and Beagle point at things.
Radio man John Walton dealin’.
Joe B. suit of the night.
Volpatti and Eric laugh with some fans.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov look over the possible raffle winnings.
Joe B. starts off the live auction.
Karl Alzner bids for… someone.
Caps and fast talking guy.
Brouwer tries to woo more bids.
And messes with Brooks.
And celebrates someone’s winning bid.
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