BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Coast casino executives tried their luck at the slot machines on Wednesday morning. They participated in a fund raising slot tournament at Treasure Bay Casino to benefit the American Heart Association.
"The Heart Walk this year has a theme of super heroes," said Treasure Bay CEO Susan Varnes, as she welcomed her fellow casino executives to the fund raising tournament.
So, the first order of business was choosing a hero. It was the Hulk for Golden Nugget's Chett Harrison, while Jonathan Jones from Harrah's drew Superman, and it was Wonder Woman for Varnes.
Heroes assigned, the games quickly began. A five minute speed round of slot play.
"Go, and just keep punching those buttons," shouted the Treasure Bay marketing director and emcee.
Surprisingly, for many of these gaming industry CEOs, this is something new.
"I've put on slot tournaments for 20 years, but it's the first one I've actually played in," said Harrison.
"Need some action baby," shouted one of the contestants.
The competition is fierce, but friendly. After all, the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
"This is just evidence of one more thing they're doing together. Even though they're competitors, they have a common goal of improving the quality of life here on the Coast, and quality of life includes health," said Heart Walk Chairman John Hairston.
"Susan, come on. You're Wonder Woman," her fellow worker encouraged, as she struggled to keep pace.
As Wonder Woman falls behind, Batman and the Hulk do battle.
"All of the operators are so committed to the community and they do so much. It's just an opportunity for all of us to get together and have some fun, as well as kind of highlight just how much is done for the community," said Varnes.
Down the final stretch, the winner is Batman.
The Caped Crusader, also known as Anthony DelVescovo from Beau Rivage, captured the trophy in this inaugural event.
"Our industry is very important as it relates to jobs and things we can do in the community. However, giving back to the community is extremely important," said DelVescovo.
The winner will choose which charity benefits next year.