VIDEO: New York Rangers Talk Gambling, Hockey Strategy At Annual Charity Casino Night

Last week, the New York Rangers hosted their annual Casino Night fundraiser to benefit MSG's Garden of Dreams foundation. Amid a sea of black ties, poker chips, roulette and a lively auction, there was time to talk shop with the team's players -- and get a few much-needed pointers on gambling.

I didn't know much about blackjack, but I do know a thing or two about hockey. Thanks to Brandon Dubinsky and defenseman Michael Del Zotto, I now know a whole lot more about both games.

I learned that I might be in a tough spot if the dealer's face card is a two, and that in hockey, being consistent and prepared with a solid strategy is key. Not much is left to luck -- in hockey or in life. Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the spokesperson for Garden of Dreams, put the night into perfect perspective when he spoke of chances: "It's a great organization, helping so many kids to make sure everybody's getting a fair chance, gets some help on the way."


Garden of Dreams is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Networks, MSG Entertainment and Fuse. Garden of Dreams has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities --often involving unprecedented access to Madison Square Garden celebrities, events and venues -- that have brightened the lives of thousands and thousands of special children and their families. For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.

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