Elvis (Jeff Hancox), Bris Vegas showgirl Phoebe Jessop and Cr Roz Frohloff

May 10, 2016

The roulette wheel was spinning and the cards were flipping at the Nanango FunFest committee’s third annual casino night held at the Nanango Cultural Centre on Saturday.

Professional croupiers guided the (mostly) newbie “gamblers” through a range of classic games including roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and craps.

The players were given $1000 in funny money when they entered the “casino” which they swapped for gaming chips.

More funny money could be obtained during the night by making donations to the Funfest Committee to keep the gambling going.

At the end of the night, the “richest” gamblers went home only with a smile on their faces, while the “poorest” still had a shirt on their backs.

The South Burnett’s own Elvis, Jeff Hancox – accompanied on stage by a Bris Vegas showgirl – provided the live entertainment.

There were also a series of raffles, lucky door prizes and a “Fashions of the Field” competition; the players were also plied with finger food.

The “Big Spender” award for the person who bought the most chips on the night was won by Nazrin Black, from Nanango.

The “gamblers” with the biggest kitties when stumps were called were Jason Mackrell and Fina O’Brien, from Brisbane, who had a combined $2.1 million … if only it was real!

Profits from the night will be put towards the Nanango New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras community celebration.

Roulette croupier Kym Tucker was helping newbies learn the rules of placing bets
Casino convenor Paula Schofield was looking after the donations in the cashier's box
Phoebe Jessop dances on stage to some classic Elvis songs
The blackjack tables were popular but the big bets were being made at the craps table
As well as "gambling", Rhonda and Terry Mackrell enjoyed some rock'n'roll dancing
Vikki O'Brien, Kingaroy, with Jenny Davison, Gympie ... Vikki won the best dressed prize
Croupier Kym Tucker promised Terry Mackrell a kiss whenever he won big on the wheel
Fina O'Brien and Jason Mackrell, from Brisbane ... Fina was pleased the new "balloon ring" made for her by the Bris Vegas team, while Jason looked a little stunned
Kylie Griffiths, from Nanango; Nathan Beer, from Wondai; and Janice McMahon, from Kingaroy
Action around the craps table was strong all night