A bid goes out at auction for a hundred thousand dollars to claim a prize - a haircut at a local shop and a dinner at a local restaurant . A homemade cake goes for two hundred thousand dollars. You're not dreaming. You're at the concluding festivities for "Vegas Night" at the Monterey Yacht Club, and the money offered at this auction is play money. You'd never know it, though, from the behavior of the participants, intent as they are over each bet.
The evening's entertainment is at the blackjack tables, the roulette wheel , and the craps table, where gamblers are at work making their bets and hauling in thousands. Convert some bills to plastic, and you're on at roulette, where players place chips of many colors to cover numbers in red or black squares as the wheel spins. Stay with one table all evening or wander around with a handful of bills, you pick your fun. That pile of play money, worth five American dollars at the door, gets bigger and smaller as the evening wears on.
What's left of it ends up back in the hands of the organizers through an auction for dozens of prizes donated by local merchants. A dependable format that's been bringing cheer and excitement to Monterey's gamblers for years.