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The 2010 SQLServerCentral Opening Night Party


The 2010 PASS Summit is coming up soon and once again SQLServerCentral is hosting an opening night party that will be catered by West Coast Entertainment, bringing in a bunch of casino games. We'll have professional dealers hosting blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps on Monday night after the PASS reception. The party will be in the Convention Center, and here are the details

  • Monday, November 8, 2010
  • 8pm-10pm
  • Room 615-617

We've hosted a casino party for the last 5 years and they've all been a lot of fun. We usually have 10 or so casino games set up for you to take part in. We give you a voucher for a bunch of chips, and so you get the chance to have some Vegas style fun without any risk. We don't even require you to be a good gambler to win a prize.

We give away the vast majority of our prizes on a random basis. We'll call out the next Deuce, Ace, or even one-eyed Jack dealt as the winner. So just by participating, you have a good chance to win something. We do save a few prizes for the hardcore gamblers, giving the top three money winners a chance at something interesting, but most of our 50+ prizes will be given out to random attendees.

We'll also be looking to give away a few pieces of SQLServerCentral swag to everyone that attends. In the past we've given a copy of The Best of SQLServerCentral as well as a polo shirt to everyone. This year we have the latest version of our Stumpers book along with new shirts for everyone.

As we have done the last few years, we'll also have a short ceremony for the Exceptional DBA of 2010, Tracy Hamlin. We'll have a few words from last year's winner, Josef Richberg, and Tracy will be awarded a trophy.

So be sure to register for the PASS Summit, and use our code, SSC2010.

You get chips to gamble with, we give away a ton of free prizes, and a couple of the hardcore gamblers usually win a bigger prize. I might change that this year since it seems I have the same 3 or 4 guys winning all the chips every year.

Our prizes last year included:

  • Digital Picture Frame
  • Iron Man DVD
  • Nintendo DS
  • Old Man's War in paper book format
  • USB Flash drives
  • A small digital video camera
  • Red Thunder in paper book format
  • Matrix DVDs
  • and more

I've love suggestions for prizes, and I might see if I can swing an iPad. However I need lots of referrals. The more referrals, the more prizes 🙂



There are two ways to get a ticket to our party. If you are attending the PASS Summit, you can use the "SSC2010" registration code when you sign up. This will get you $200 off the registration price and ensure you have a ticket to the party in your badge when you arrive.

If you are a speaker, volunteer, chapter leader, or someone else that already has a code to use, we are selling tickets for the party. For $30, you can attend and get a chance to win a prize. Our aim is to get a prize for every 3 people that sign up, so your chances of walking away with a DVD or something else are pretty good.

To get tickets, you can

  • paypal $30 to sjones@sqlservercentral.com
  • bring $30 cash to the door

Either way, be sure to get your ticket today.

Register for PASS and use SSC2010 as the code.

Note that if you're already registered, we can't add the code for you. It's a referral code. However if you register now and forget, send me and PASS an email right away.


Date: Monday, November 8, 2010

Time: 8pm - 10pm

Location: Washington State Convention Center, room 615-617. This is the top floor, above registration.


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