by Rebecca Virgin
November 21, 2005
(Toronto) -- The Leafs were hoping their run of winning four games would keep them on a roll Monday night at an evening of gaming and fun for suite holders.
The entire team was out to play Roulette, Texas Hold'em and Blackjack - but it wasn't real money, so the stakes weren't too high.
Wade Belak was on a winning streak and had some tips for the people playing against him.
"You've got to be very confident, you've got to have a good poker face," said Belak. "You've got to wear the shades, I don't have my shades on, but you've just got to be able to take some risks."
Not all the Leafs considered themselves such pros though and the coach had some words advice for his players as usual.
"I'm not much of gambler, in fact that's what I try to tell the players, no gambling out there, we want some sure things," said head coach Pat Quinn. "But it's a fun night, it's a way that the players can be in touch with some of the people that support us and it should be a good night all around."
The Vegas-style casino night at the appropriately named Vegasbar was complete with showgirls, music and an Elvis impersonator. The relaxed atmosphere allowed for lots of mingling with the players and photo opportunities.
"The reason we wanted to do it is to bring value for the suite holders," said Breanne Louks, the event organizer and account executive for executive suite services. "They're important to us and we wanted them to feel valued. It's something that they can't buy, we wanted to create an experience for them."
The evening was a win-win situation for everyone, and not only a chance for the suite holders to have fun with the players, but for the team to bond as well.
"Me and Eddie are racking up, we've had a couple of hot rollers here and we've probably quadrupled our money so it's been a lot of fun," said Matt Stajan. "Our team's a pretty tight group, and it's nights like these that we come out as a team, have some fun and make sure that we keep that team bonding going."
The Leafs hope the win streak will continue to roll as well.