Beloit Public Library plans 'Reel Deal' Casino Night

Photo courtesy of Mark Preuschl (From left): A dealer, along with Dave and Therese Oldenburg, enjoy the Reel Deal event last year. This year's event is set for Oct. 19.

BELOIT - Get out your big-collared shirt and be prepared to bust some disco moves and do some gambling.

The Beloit Public Library will transform into a classic Vegas lounge and casino for the Fourth Annual Reel Deal Casino Night. The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) and Beloit Public Library will host the event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the library at 605 Eclipse Boulevard.

Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple and includes each guest's first fistful of BIFF/BPL "bucks" to use for gaming tables and raffles. A tempting array of 10 gaming options will be available including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette.

The Reel Deal popular event has attracted about 150 to 200 people. It typically raises around $10,000 which is split between BIFF and the library to applied toward children's programming at both organizations.

Midwest Casino company provides gambling tables, roulette wheels craps tables, the "bucks" and dealers.

"It automatically gives us a flavor of casino," said BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard.

Decor will be provided by Glitz & Go of Beloit.

The theme for the evening will be a tribute to the classic casinos and lounges as seen in films such as "Goodfellas" and "Casino."

Gerard said there will be a short reel depicting the implosion of some of the classic Vegas lounges from the early 1970s and 1980s before they were converted into more amusement park style venues.

"It's kind of sad, but kind of fun to watch at the same time," Gerard said. "We are celebrating that."

Just beyond the gaming tables guests will find the Riverside Room, where they can enjoy a tasty buffet of hors d'oeuvres and beverages among silent auction items.

There will be prizes to top winners presented at the end of the evening.

During the evening guest can enjoy many musical hits from the era courtesy of a DJ. Tunes will include plenty of disco, and guests are encouraged to dress in 1970s disco-themed attire.

"It's a feel-good event and the funds go to two great non-profit's. How can you 'no?" Gerard asked.

To purchase tickets in person, visit the Beloit Public Library or call 608-466-9693 to make arrangements to purchase tickets at the BIFF offices at IronTek, 635 Third St. People can also purchase tickets online at