From movies and TV shows to books and songs, casinos have prominently featured in pop culture throughout the decades. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous inclusions of casinos in entertainment.
Casinos in Movies
Gambling establishments are older than you may think. The oldest casino in the world, the Casino di Venezia in Venice, opened its doors way back in 1638. Today, people all over the world love to play casino games like baccarat, roulette, and blackjack at both land-based casinos and online live casinos like Casumo. And there is something about the allure of a casino that makes it the perfect setting for many movies.
From old black-and-white classic heist movies like the original Ocean’s Eleven to modern-day comedies like The Hangover and What Happens in Vegas, the casino has made countless appearances on the silver screen. Other notable casino movies include Martin Scorsese’s epic 1995 gangster movie Casino, the modern classic 21 that is based on a true story of a math professor training a group of students to count cards in Las Vegas, and the 2003 film The Cooler, which involves a man whose luck is so bad that casinos hire him to stand at tables to affect punters on hot streaks. There are countless other casino films, such as Rounders, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Steven Soderbergh’s immensely popular Ocean’s movies.
Casinos in TV Shows
One striking admission from the above casino movies is 007 himself, James Bond. 2006’s Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig take up the mantel of Bond in a reimagination of the popular spy series of movies, is surely one of the greatest casino films ever made. And, of course, the casino setting has been used in many other Bond movies over the years. But few people know that the first time Bond’s Casino Royale appeared on screen was not in cinemas but on television. The 1954 live television adaptation of Casino Royale was the first episode in the American anthology series Climax! It starred Barry Nelson as the very first actor to play Bond on screen.
Casinos have featured in plenty of TV shows over the years. Do you remember the Friends episode when the troupe went to Vegas to visit Joey, who was working at a casino? How about The Simpsons episode where Homer takes Ned Flanders on a trip to Sin City? There have also been popular television shows set in casinos, such as the 2000s series Las Vegas, which revolved around a former CIA agent working at a casino, and the reality TV show The Casino that took a look behind the scenes of casino operations.
Casinos in Books
Many of the most popular casino movies, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 21, and Casino Royale, began life in literature. Casinos have made many appearances in novels over the years, including Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler and Graham Greene’s Loser Takes All.
Also, numerous books discuss the principles of casino games and offer advice on how to beat the house and true stories like Straight Flush, which tells how a group of frat boys began one of the biggest online poker sites.
Casinos in Popular Music
Casinos have also permeated popular music. Over the years, there have been countless songs about casinos, gambling, and playing games like poker and roulette. Notable songs include Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, Ray Charles’ Blackjack, and the Rolling Stones’ Casino Boogie. But perhaps the most famous casino song of all is by the King himself, Elvis Presley. Viva Las Vegas!
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By Shannon Suess
There has been a lot of speculation in every industry about how today’s reality will affect tomorrow’s possibilities. In June, The New Yorker released an in-depth exploration of what the future of architecture could look like, with the roots of modernist design having grown from the sterile lines and quiet colors of Tuberculosis-era sanatoriums in days past. It paints a future full of pandemic-inspired changes, but the truth is, the evolution is already deep underway, even if we don’t realize or acknowledge it.
When it comes to the idea of traveling—of spending an extended period of time, for business or pleasure, in a hosted space outside our own homes—our psyches have subconsciously rewritten what is most important in order for us to not only feel comfortable with but actually enjoy our experience.
For the hospitality industry, the emotional, physical, and psychological toll of a global pandemic will likely underpin travel trends that were already on the rise: biophilic designs rooted in nature, experiences rich in culture, and environments that promote both physical and mental health and wellness. But for brands looking at what’s next, there are numerous pieces of the puzzle that must come together to make guests truly feel comfortable with traveling once more.
FLEXIBILITY IS KEY TO RESILIENCE
Adopting the mentality of “one day at a time”, the ability to change and adapt spaces to fit present-day climates will be critical. With venturing outside of our own regions likely to remain difficult for the foreseeable future, travelers will instead seek out unique local destinations. They’ll gravitate toward dramatic hospitality spaces that can flex or change quickly in scale; the ability to easily flow from a multi-purpose, spacious area to a personal, private sanctuary will be paramount.
Flexibility of this caliber will give way to opportunities for new, hybrid spaces, allowing hotels and resorts to consolidate, reimagine, and deeply personalize their offerings. Simultaneously, guests will have the opportunity to discover new experiences at various intervals during the day: Bars offering breakfast service for takeaway in the mornings gives way to an open-concept lounge or coworking space in the afternoon. By rotating “dual purpose” spaces, hosts naturally reduce footprints and create a natural time to clean and sanitize spaces.
LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO ELEVATE SAFETY
Technology integration into hospitality experiences is a fickle thing: With how swiftly electronics evolve, expensive hardware upgrades can often be out of date within months of being implemented. Entering a room filled with aging technology can be a visually stark reminder of just how many people have touched those devices. Instead of letting technology hinder our relaxing experience, how can we use it to subtly support guests in feeling comfortable and safe?
The all-inclusive ticket to enabling this experience could be the one device many can’t live without. Subsequently, it’s one that we’re familiar with, comfortable with, and most importantly, feel safe using: our smartphones. The integration of subtle push notifications—for example, confirmation of your room’s scheduled daily cleaning, when housekeeping is actively there, and when they’ve vacated the space—have the opportunity to set and continuously keep a guest’s mind at ease.
Concurrently, granting visitors a familiar “no-contact” medium through which requests can be made—empowering a more comfortable experience—opens up a world of possibilities. Guests could use their phones to order room service, request additional towels, reserve a socially distant seat by the pool, at the bar, or in a coworking pod. The list goes on and on. And, the more guests utilize these digital services, the more in-depth their digital profile becomes, making loyalty programs more enticing through a safe yet personalized touch.
There is a double-edged sword here, though: designers cannot rely too heavily on technology as a substitute for, or complete replacement of, social interaction. Humans crave physical connection with one another, and hospitality experiences will still need to provide the option for us to embark on that journey if we so choose.
IMPERFECTION IS PERFECTION
It’s no surprise that, as we’ve found ourselves trapped indoors the past few months, our bodies are inherently drawn to the idea of becoming reacquainted with nature; not just for the fresh air and sunshine, but for the fundamental healing properties that simply being closer to nature provides us.
By employing the concept of biophilic design, we focus on natural over synthetic as an overarching theme, tapping into the psychosocial wellbeing that humanity is currently craving the world over. Natural color palettes that seamlessly transition outdoor experiences inside create a continued sense of calm while indoors. The addition of plants throughout both cleans the air and provokes a sense of relaxation. Removing clutter to reveal clean lines, white space, and invoke a “less is luxury” mindset. Interior design is witnessing a return to these authentic, raw, and “imperfect” materials—ones where the hand of the maker is visible, they aid us in feeling more grounded, and reinforce a sense of place.
The question that hosts must ask themselves as they look toward the future, “How can I design my experience offering to reduce anxiety and make guests feel more naturally at ease?” Using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a guide, we have the opportunity to comfort guests holistically. The key to a reassured, tranquil mindset isn’t to simply coat everything in copper; designers will need to thoughtfully expand and go deeper to offer a sense of security and comfort beyond what’s on the surface.
A MULTIFACETED FOOD & BEVERAGE UPGRADE
One of the things we miss the most, undisputedly, is the ability to dine out and spend time with friends and family. We don’t just crave the energy and social activity, we long for the semblance of normalcy tied to the experience itself.
While the industry has taken a hit to their traditional dine-in offerings, consumers are demanding more than ever before from the F&B industry: meal and cocktail kits, picnic baskets for outdoor excursions, easy curbside pickup, reliable room service, rapid and safe home delivery.
There is ample opportunity to adapt existing room service and F&B experiences, which are anticipated to see not only a resurgence but a higher demand for gourmet-level quality. And, with a renewed focus on safety and convenience, offering grab-and-go contactless options in restaurants or lobbies that can digitally be charged to one’s room opens up new avenues for revenue and differentiation.
With an added focus on finding space outside of personal rooms that guests still feel safe in, how can restaurants take advantage of a rise in take-out by enabling positive, memorable moments? Establishing outdoor spaces that guests can retreat to for picnics or morning coffee in solitude; remodeling rooms to better allow for comfortable dining during a night in; hosts have the opportunity to allow guests to write their own stories defined by their comfort levels, and designers have the chance to enable that journey.
THE ROAD AHEAD
As brands and venues that offer hospitality experiences look toward the future, it won’t be about creating a compromised version of what we’ve known to be normal in the past, but cleverly designing and strategically implementing layers to more easily adapt for the unknowns that lie before us.
Over the past century, the desire for machine-made perfection was palpable. Today, as we strive to become closer with nature in a primal effort to heal our bodies and minds, hosts that embrace the perfect imperfection of raw edges, materials, and palettes—as well as provide variable spaces both indoors and outside—can help guests maintain a fundamental sense of safety and comfort as they embark on their journeys.
People will not feel comfortable traveling unless they feel safe. Those who create hyper-personalized, dynamic, memorable spaces that guests can not only escape to, but ones where they can wholeheartedly focus on physical and mental rejuvenation, will come out on top. After all, isn’t that what vacation is for?
SHANNON SUESS is an award-winning interiors and hospitality designer who has dedicated over 25 years of her career to crafting world-class destinations. Working with clients around the globe, she seamlessly fuses interiors, exteriors, and the spaces in between to create memorable venues that harmonize local culture and brand. Shannon thrives on finding unique solutions to programming barriers and solving complex architectural challenges with holistic design.
An agile problem-solver dedicated to cultivating meaningful partnerships in order to bring out the best in projects, Shannon is often inspired by the music, art, and local traditions she encounters during her travels. She consistently fuses cutting-edge trends with timeless designs to sculpt extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences for hotels, residential, casinos, wineries, and everything in between.
Even though the two are obviously very different to one another, video games and casino games actually share a fair few similarities too. When you get back to basics, the two are basically there to provide the players with enjoyment and entertainment. Okay, online video game casinos are also there to serve as a business and make money, but even so, you can’t deny the fact that the two serve as very effective forms of entertainment after a long day.
With next generation games consoles now more sophisticated than ever, games in general are endeavouring to provide an even more realistic feel. Today we’re going to be looking at several video games which also happen to feature casinos and gambling. If you’re a fan of video games, and you enjoy a spot of gambling through sites like findbettingsites or 888 now and then, here are 3 games that incorporated gambling into them, with compelling results.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most popular games currently in existence. This Western provides one of the largest open world landscapes in gaming history, providing players with all kinds of fun and exciting things to do. From drinking whiskey in a saloon, to racing horses down at the ranch, Red Dead Redemption has plenty of side quests to pass the time. If you really want to enjoy yourself, though, as you travel the countryside on your horse, you can visit bars and saloons and gamble in a variety of different ways. Poker is the game of choice for many of the cowboys you’ll encounter. Here, you can play against sophisticated A.I, or if you play online, you can have a game of poker against other real life players anywhere in the world.
Fallout New Vegas
The Fallout series of video games have proven to be real best-sellers over the years, and the latest incarnation: Fallout New Vegas, is no exception. Set in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, this game is perfect for those of you who love to gamble. Set in what is left of Las Vegas, the game features operational casinos which allow you to play games such as poker, roulette, Blackjack, and even the slots.
The Witcher 3
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months, you’ll likely be familiar with the hugely popular Witcher series on Netflix. Those that enjoy video games, though, will be familiar with Geralt of Rivia, as a result of the Witcher games. The latest is the Witcher 3, which has won countless awards and is considered by many gaming enthusiasts and experts alike, to be one of the best video games ever created. The Witcher 3 also happens to be great for people who enjoy gambling, as it features a fictional (though now real thanks to the game) card game known as Gwent. If you want to kill time between slaying monsters and fulfilling Witcher contracts, why not head to some of the many inns located around the continent and partake in a game of Gwent. The game not only gives you the chance to win some money, it also may allow you to win special Witcher gear such as swords and armour. If poker is your game of choice, Gwent should prove to be especially addictive.
In Wake of NFL Post-Season Controversies Public Wants Rule Changes for Pass Interference and OT
Nation also ‘tired’ of seeing Patriots in Super Bowl; thinks legalized gambling can lead to scandal
By an overwhelming margin, the public wants instant replay for judgment calls such as pass interference, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week.
Asked if replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference, 82% said yes, with only 10% saying no and the rest having no opinion or saying they did not know.
Among those who said they followed the sport closely, even more, 89%, said yes, while only 7% said no.
Even among the respondents who said they follow the NFL very closely, 85% said yes, they “think instant replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference.” Among that group of very close followers, however, 13% said “no.”
Regarding overtime possession rules, a majority of respondents polled said that each team should get at least one possession in overtime: 58% said that both teams should have the ball, with only 33% saying the rule (a touchdown on first possession ends the game), should be left alone.
The poll received 985 adult responses across the country, using both landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.
“In the NFL’s championship games, referee calls and non-calls made a very big difference,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall. “And in some ways, Kansas City’s offense never getting a chance to take the field in overtime was anticlimactic – never a good thing in the entertainment business, and something the NFL may want to pay attention to along with the overwhelming support for instant replay review for judgment calls such as pass interference.”
Nation ‘Tired’ of Patriots
Perhaps the overtime rules wouldn’t have seemed so unfair if the Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t been playing the New England Patriots, who have made their way to the Super Bowl four out of the past five years.
Nearly half of Americans say they are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
46% said they were tired of seeing them, with only 25% saying their appearance would make the game more interesting.
Among those who follow the NFL closely or very closely, the number rose to 62% who are tired of seeing them against only 27% who thought their appearance would make the game more interesting.
The numbers are not very good for New England quarterback Tom Brady either, whose favorable rating has fallen to only 29% after a high of 61% in February 2015, when the Poll first asked about him. That was before the penalty for “Deflategate” was instituted, and his favorable rating fell to 34% by that October.
Brady’s favorable rating was only 24% among women and 35% among men. While the overall rating is 29% favorable to 23% unfavorable, among those that follow the NFL closely it is even.
Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick had only a 20% favorable rating in this poll, about even with his standing in October of 2015 in the wake of “Deflategate.”
“Despite his brilliance on the field, it appears the effects of ‘Deflategate’ and the suggestion that Brady was a cheater may linger for the remainder of his career,” noted Director Gentile, “As for ‘Patriots Fatigue’ it will be interesting to see how it effects the ratings.”
Legal Sports Betting
Meanwhile, as legalized sports betting begins a growth period on a state-by-state basis, Americans had a strong feeling that it will inevitably lead to scandal. Asked if they believe legal betting can lead to cheating or fixing of games by players, 81% said yes, and 79% said it can lead to cheating or fixing of games by referees or umpires.
What is music to a network ear however, is that 71% say they would be more likely to watch a broadcast of a game on which they bet. Even better news is by more than 5 to 1, people 18-29 are more inclined to watch a game they bet on. This is similar with Seton Hall Sports Poll’s finding when the question was first asked last fall.
This release may be found online at http://blogs.shu.edu/sportspoll/2019/02/02/in-wake-of-nfl-post-season-controversies-public-wants-rule-changes-for-pass-interference-and-ot/
The Official Seton Hall Sports Poll podcast discussing this topic with Seth Everett and Rick Gentile can befound at http://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/seton-hall-sports-poll/id1053266467.
About the poll:
This poll was conducted by telephone January 28-30 among adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls. The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.
Media: Media: Marty Appel, AppelPR@gmail.com; Rick Gentile (917) 881-9489
Michael Ricciardelli, Associate Director of Media Relations, Seton Hall
Last year the Supreme Court ruled that betting on sporting events could be declared legal by individual states. Do you approve of this ruling, disapprove or do you have no opinion?
1 – Approve 38%
2 – Disapprove 16
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 46
Former member of congress and ex-NBA player Tom McMillen said last week that as a result of legalized sports betting “There is a 100% chance that there will be a major gambling scandal at an institution of higher education in the United States.” Do you agree or disagree
with his statement?
1 – Agree 51
2 – Disagree 33
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 16
Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by players?
1 – Yes 81
2 – No 15
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 4
Do you believe legal betting on sports events can lead to cheating or fixing games by referees or umpires?
1 – Yes 79
2 – No 18
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 3
Do you participate in any pools or wagering on the Super Bowl?
1 – Yes 11
2 – No 88
3 – Don’t know 0
(If No skip to Question 7)
Would you watch the game if you weren’t betting on it or participating in a pool?
1 – Yes 79
2 – No 20
3 – Don’t know 2
Have you ever participated in any pools or wagered on the Super Bowl?
1 – Yes 31
3 – No 68
4 – Don’t know 1
Would you be more likely to bet on a sports event if it was legal in your state?
1 – Yes 29
2 – No 68
3 – Don’t know 3
If you placed a bet on a sports event would it make you more likely to watch the broadcast of that event?
1 – Yes 71
2 – No 27
3 – Don’t know 2
Is your opinion of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?
1 – Favorable 29
2 – Unfavorable 23
3 – No opinion 48
How about Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, is your opinion favorable, unfavorable or do you have no opinion?
1 – Favorable 20
2 – Unfavorable 21
3 – No opinion 59
This will be the 4th time in the last 5 years that the New England Patriots will appear in the Super Bowl. Does that make them more interesting to see play again or are you tired of seeing
them in the Super Bowl?
1 – More interesting 25
2 – Tired of seeing them 46
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 29
How closely would you say you follow the NFL, very closely, closely, not closely or not at all?
1 – Very closely 13
2 – Closely 27
3 – Not closely 30
4 – Not at all 30
5 – Don’t know 0
There was controversy regarding the NFC and AFC Championship Games last week because of calls, or non-calls by the referees. Do you think replay review should be allowed for judgment calls like pass interference?
1 – Yes 82
2 – No 10
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9
In the NFL if the team that wins the coin toss for the overtime period elects to receive the ball and then scores a touchdown on the first drive, the game is over. This just happened in the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs. Do you think both teams should have a chance to possess the ball at least once in the overtime period or should the rule remain as is?
1 – Both teams should possess the ball 58
2 – Leave rule as is 33
3 – Don’t know/No opinion 9
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