Let the games begin

Thursday, 16th March, 2017

Ladies from the Broken Hill Community Credit Union are donning green shirts and lucky charms as they practice their croupier skills before they manage the tables at the Sturt Club. Ladies from the Broken Hill Community Credit Union are donning green shirts and lucky charms as they practice their croupier skills before they manage the tables at the Sturt Club.

By Kara de Groot

Games Night will be held at the Sturt Club for the second year in a row, with a range of fun and much-loved games of chance on the board for punters.

The games will get underway from 7pm tonight, ending some time after 11pm.

Classics such as Unders and Overs, Heads and Tails, the Horse Game and the Money Game will be available, as well as many others, with a max payout of $500.

Co-ordinator Geoff Cullenward said he’s expecting a good turnout.

“We get a few hundred people walk through the door, some of the games are fairly complicated but most of them are pretty easy,” Mr Cullenward said.

“They’re all a variation on a theme, all played with two or three dice, it’s all about probability,” he said.

“You have to use chips to bet, there’s no cash on the table.

“We got one, two, five, 10, 20 and $50 chips, and people must redeem their chips before they leave.

“Although if they want to hang on to them until next year I won’t mind!”

Mr Cullenward said that most bets tend to be in the one to five dollar range, but towards the end of the night that can change. 

“Towards the end of the night the most successful players start changing their twos and ones and fives into $50 chips, that’s when you see some money change hands,” Mr Cullenward said.

“Just as long as they cash out before we close,” he said.

Some games, such as Unders and Overs, has a minimum bet, which is set at a respectable $2.

Games night used to rotate between clubs for its venue, but over time clubs have had to drop out or have had other engagements on the night.

Sturt Club assistant manager Mandy Turley said the club was very happy to be hosting the Games Night for the second year in a row.

“We’re very proud to be hosting it again, it’s a good night,” Ms Turley said.

Profits from the Games Night will, as always, go to the Sacred Heart Parish Primary School.

“Last year they got about $5000 from the night,” Mr Cullenward said.

“We cover costs but the rest is for them.”

Some of the rules for Games Night, such as no cash on the tables, are due to outside scrutiny of the games.

In fact the night used to be illegal to participate in, until an arrangement was reached with Sydney casinos.

Sydney casinos still scrutinise the games to be played on the night, but Mr Cullenward said it’s all a lot more relaxed now.

All in all it looks to be another fantastic Games Night which should put everyone involved in the mood for a flutter at the races the next day.