Gambling with Play Money: Caps Casino Night in Photos

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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.

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Karl Alzner waves to the fans.

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Troy Brouwer makes an entrance.

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The newest Cap.

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Ovi playing poker.

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Tom Wilson and Casey Wellman play some blackjack.

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Eric Fehr, Brooks Laich, and Jay Beagle at the craps table.

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Joel Ward and Aaron Volpatti playing craps.

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Some silent auction items.

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Brouwer and Beagle point at things.

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Radio man John Walton dealin’.

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Joe B. suit of the night.

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Volpatti and Eric laugh with some fans.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov look over the possible raffle winnings.

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Joe B. starts off the live auction.

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Karl Alzner bids for… someone.

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Caps and fast talking guy.

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Moar Russians.

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Brouwer tries to woo more bids.

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And messes with Brooks.

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And celebrates someone’s winning bid.

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  • johnnymorte

    Hey Orly, remember when we had to stand on line for toilet paper?

  • trudat

    Can I just say… I love you Joe B.

  • trudat

    You and Locker make this travesty of a season bearable. Best in the biz!

  • Luis Riveros

    Anyone think some good fun like this might help the team relax a bit and start playing real hockey? I mean I know we have to serious about making the playoffs but still in the words of Bruce B.” You could be anywhere. You’re playing f***ing hockey for a living. Have some f***ing fun out there.”

  • Jared

    Amen. Hard to be critical of these guys when they all look like dudes I’d love to have a drink with.

  • Eugene Chernov

    Not “Hey Orly…”, but “Hey Dimon…” 🙂

  • VeggieTart

    I went there for the first time last night–had a blast.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Hey Grabo, does Dima always chew his nails? That’s gross!

  • Shaun Phillips

    “Hey Grabo, does Dima always chew his nails? Ewww!”

  • riggorules

    Anyone ask Grabo how is ankle was?

  • Joe

    Timeout! Is Wilson old enough to play blackjack?

  • Hockey mom

    Tell us more about it!!! Enquiring minds want to know!

  • holtbysaidno

    Dima’s face in this picture freaks me out. Reminds me of when Dr. Belloq opened the Ark of the Covenant… and his face melted.

    But it’s good to see the Caps loose and having some fun!

  • I almost forgot Grabo is a Cap…

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Lady in blue looks skeeved out by Wellman.

  • Saw the Grabo pic and I was like, “oh I remember that guy”

  • Barrett

    “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.”

    Now try researching how to play defense. Make it a group assignment. Oh, and for shits and giggles, hit someone when they park their ass in front of the net.

  • swhirly

    Brouwer makes me deliriously happy.

  • yv

    If you are not James Bond don’t sit with three Russians at the poker table!

  • Hockey mom

    You need to add the photo of the Brouwer Rangers with Green Sweatshirt Celly Guy! That literally made me LOL!!!

  • Steve

    Following the last Casino Night on 2/10/12, the Caps proceeded to lose 5 of 6. After the previous Casino Night on 1/10/11, they went 1-2-2 in their next 5. The first Casino Night was on 1/24/10 was in the middle of the 14-game winning streak, which feels like about a decade ago.

  • Hockey mom

    Was Mike Green there? What about Chimera, Erskine or Halak? I didn’t see anyone post pics of them…

  • Pat Magee

    Hey look, It’s Greenberg junior!

  • Myan

    Ovi really loves that blue jacket! This is the 3rd or 4th time we’ve seen it on him in the last few weeks. He looks really great in it though so rock on, sir!

  • Myan

    Dima’s happy because he knows he’s about to put pen to paper on a new deal! Ka-ching!

  • nicoley-poley

    Fox 5 DC also covered the event, here’s the video (apparently the Brouwer Rangers are more famous than I thought):

  • Jonah

    in all honesty its probably the only reason he’s still here…

  • Karen

    Halak wasn’t there, but Green, Chimera and Erskine were. Pat and I talked to Chimera for a while. He’s a pretty cool guy! He asked us if we were having fun, and we both said, “yeah,” so then I ask him if he was. He also said he was enjoying himself and that he really likes doing things like that. Pat also asked him if he was nervous about the trade deadline. It was really kinda cool to talk to him like that, just kinda casually.

  • Karen

    He said he reinjured it on that hit he took the night he came back, and he isn’t sure when he might play again. He seemed kind of upset about it, too. 🙁

  • VeggieTart

    I’m pretty sure he and Connor Carrick were the only two people in the room who were under the age of 21.

  • VeggieTart

    Well, Capitals Outsider did a piece, and there’s a picture of me “jamming” with the Red Rockers. I played a little bit of roulette and won a prize in the raffle.

  • Rhino40

    Totally agree that the the Caps’ defense collectively needs improvement. That said, I’m not sure the KA27 is the one I’d single out for criticism.