Students playing poker in the first floor of the student center.
Credit: Lauren Schwan
Campus Activities Board's western-themed mock casino night, Feb. 2, 2024, was decorated with a Conestoga wagon and hay bales.

CSU’s Campus Activities Board hosts mock casino night

Spirited students dress in flannels and cowboy boots to go gamble.

Students played games for prizes at "CABsino," on Friday, Feb. 2, a mock casino event Cleveland State's Campus Activities Board hosts each year. The event was in the student center from 7-10 p.m. with the theme, "Rancho CSU CABsino."

Although CABsino is an annual tradition, the theme is something organizers like this year's Rayna Reid, 22, love to keep fresh. The theme CAB chose was the much-mythologicalized American western, including large horse statues and a Conestoga wagon. Western music filled the atrium and many students dressed to the theme, wearing flannels, jeans and boots.  

Students checked in on the first floor of the student center, receiving a bag that included a voucher for the dining hall. The first floor had tables where students could play blackjack and poker (but not for money). The second floor held refreshments and the dining hall. The third floor held the raffle, which included prizes ranging from  $25 Viking Outfitters gift cards to an iPad Air or an Xbox bundle.

Jack Schuller, 22, attended the event with some of his fraternity brothers. 

“I lose too much money at real casinos so I heard CSU was having a mock casino night,” Schuller said.

Rayna Reid mentioned that many of the friends she had freshman year she made when she attended her first CABsino. 

Taking part in the annual mock casino night is a great way to learn more about gambling without risking your money.

CAB hosts events throughout each semester at CSU to create community and entertain students. You can follow CAB here on Instagram.