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The Most Iconic Casino Scenes in Hollywood Movies

Gambling has always been popular. The demand for casino games and cinema grew simultaneously in the 1960s. That being said, there are countless examples of directors and writers using a casino as a high-intensity backdrop to their action or drama flick. Here’s a list of some of the best films and most iconic casino scenes in Hollywood, courtesy of Dominic Andreasson. At casinospel, you can also find a list of the best online casinos; Hollywood hasn’t caught up with that trend yet!

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006) might be the most famous casino movie in the history of cinema. It’s also part of the prestigious and adored James Bond lineage of films. The movie follows special agent 007, played by Daniel Craig, and Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelson, as they duke it out in a high-stakes poker game.

The most iconic scene in the film comes during an expensive hand. The total reaches over $100 million and pits 007 and Le Chiffre head to head. They stare each other down as Le Chiffre unveils his excellent hand, only to be beaten by Bond’s straight flush.

Casino (1995)

Casino (1995) is a classic gangster flick with a star-studded lineup including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. Likewise, it’s chock full of iconic scenes. As you may expect, when gangsters run a casino, things aren’t going to run smoothly. 

One great scene details Ace (played by Robert De Niro) catching two players cheating. The voiceover goes through how the two are hustling the dealer and shows how brilliant Ace’s character is. It contains some great blackjack scenes throughout.

Rain Man (1988) & The Hangover (2009)

Rain Man (1988) and The Hangover (2009) are placed together in this list because one is referencing the other. First came Rain Man, the story of two brothers on a cross country road trip. Raymond, Dustin Hoffman’s character, is autistic; one scene in the film finds them at the casino. 

Raymond uses his savant-like math skills to count cards and win big at blackjack. This scene starts with Ray’s younger brother, played by Tom Cruise, saying the iconic line, “Let’s play some cards.” It takes the form of a montage and is some of the best gambling on video.

In The Hangover, the main characters Phil, Alan, and Stu are down on their luck and in the hole when it comes to money. To try and remedy this problem, Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) references Rain Man and reads a blackjack strategies book. They go to the casino in an attempt to count cards. With hilarious editing, the gang manages to win all the money they need before being kicked out in a cheeky homage to the classic 80s film.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

A list of the most iconic casino and gambling films isn’t complete without mentioning Ocean’s Eleven (2001). This movie follows Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney) as he attempts to pull off the most extensive casino heist in history. This star-studded film also stars Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. It features iconic scenes, including one where Brad Pitt’s character outlines how to call someone’s bluff in poker.

Black Panther (2018)

The most recent addition to this list, Black Panther (2018), gets an honourable mention for one of the most extraordinary casino-based fight scenes in film history. This movie follows T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, as he tries to find himself and unite his people. It’s within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is based on the comic book character Black Panther. Early in the film, T’Challa and his friends head to an underground casino to stake out the sale of stolen goods. This ends in a super fight where quippy one-liners abound. 

Conclusion

As gambling technology and the film industry continue to grow, we expect the relationship between the two to stay as intertwined as ever. Who knows, maybe the next great heist flick will be about online casinos or winning big at live dealer tables. The possibilities are endless.

Casino Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Skeuomorphism in Online Casinos

Design doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It borrows from emotion, from necessity and availability, and ties to societal and cultural context. Existing as one of those avenues, skeuomorphism is an element that many of us take for granted or at least gloss over. It’s a cornerstone component of design that seems obvious once pointed out, but can otherwise go unappreciated.

Understanding this reality, taking a look at skeuomorphism can reveal the depths of an object’s history. Using the concept of online slot games as a base, we want to explore the intricacies of the skeuomorphism idea, and why it’s so heavily leveraged. Just be aware that, as with the FedEx arrow, you might not be able to unsee what comes next.

What is Skeuomorphism?

The term skeuomorphism refers to when a derivative object retains ornamental elements of an older design, when not strictly necessary. In other words, skeuomorphism is when a new object keeps superfluous components that were included in older incarnations.

The most common illustration of this that you’ve likely experienced today comes from the digital world. In most document processing tools such MSWord, this would appear in the form of the save icon. This icon, in the shape of a 3 1⁄2-inch floppy disk, is something that younger users might not recognize at all.

With a grand total of 1.44 megabytes of storage, a floppy disk is utterly obsolete today. For context, Windows 3.1 was originally available over six of these disks for a total install. With the Windows 10 install ISO at around 3.5 gigabytes, maintaining this method today would require 2,431 disks. Storage has changed shape multiple times since the floppy disk, so why do we keep it?

Much of this is due to inherited momentum, and no reasonably viable replacement. The disk was once used every day, so we grew familiar with it. Even as it was phased out, we knew what it was, and saving still needed a recognizable icon, so it stayed. A decade later, when floppy drives have gone the way of the dodo, the icon persists as a legacy to the path once traveled. It doesn’t matter that newcomers don’t understand the legacy through direct contact, the symbol has been absorbed by osmosis into our worldwide zeitgeist.

Skeuomorphism in Online Casinos

Online casinos, also tied to digital evolution, are similarly intertwined with skeuomorphic representations. For a direct example of this, consider any of the best online slots in Canada. Existing far beyond the capabilities of their hardware ancestors, these games like Bompers and Greedy Dragon still lean on traditional slot iconography that is outdated by online standards.

These are usually spread over a few different slot concepts, such as coins, cards, and fruit. Each of these has a strong historical basis in physical slots, which has been maintained ever since the first machines arrived in the late 1800s. Coins, as the standout, are standard in physical machines, yet they’re only used as an abstract in the digital realm. In online casinos, it is even possible to divide coins into fractions not feasible in brick-and-mortar establishments, but this discrepancy doesn’t matter. We know what coins are, we know what they represent, and, because of this, they make perfect fits for modern online slot games.

The same could even be said for the reels themselves. There’s nothing in physical software that makes vertically rotating barrels a necessity, yet they’re still standard for almost every online slot. Again, this is skeuomorphism in action, serving an important purpose in relating modern slots back to their ancestors.

Developing Skeuomorphism Possibilities

As an industry entirely reliant on technological evolution, it’s only natural that online casinos will continuously evolve. From major leaps in accessibility as we saw with mobile phones to the gradual increase in processing power, each new year brings new possibilities. Within these new possibilities, the potential for skeuomorphism continues to grow.

One of the most profound new developments in online casinos has been the push towards live forms of gaming. This means streaming dealers into the home of players, essentially combining at-home convenience with the realism of physical casino play. Turning to skeuomorphism, these dealers are given outfits appropriate to those which were and are worn in brick-and-mortar establishments.

This is standard practice, even though such outfits are outdated by modern electronic standards. Workers like croupiers could dress in any professional attire in theory, but by dressing in a way that relates to classic sensibilities, they’re afforded more attention than they’d get otherwise. Again, it’s superfluous on the surface, but the advantages run much deeper than a simple glance might make us believe.

Going a step further, these dealers also include physical chips when live games are played. Originally designed for easily keeping track of the score, digital means are infinitely more efficient. Considering live games have to translate physical chips through a digital interface, the addition of chips is undeniably inconvenient. It also sells the experience as a professional operation, and so the inclusion of chips in the live casino space will be here to stay, no matter how casinos unfold.

From this point, the question becomes what happens in other few decades. So far, online casinos are around 25 years old, having first appeared on PC in 1996. Their relating back to the ideas of physical casinos makes sense, as that’s where the entirety of their inspiration was born. The issue is that online casinos are growing substantially each year, increasingly taking a part of the formerly physical casino-exclusive pie.

So, what happens in the future when online casinos are built not off of the legacy of physical casinos, but from the success of earlier online systems? In this case, the games of the casinos could inherit a sort of skeuomorphism off of existing skeuomorphism’s, where the lines of what is appropriate and what is not are much more blurred.

It’s an interesting concept, and not one which can be easily predicted. As an idea that relies as much on contemporary understandings as it does history, the future of skeuomorphism in casino games is always in flux. While we can be sure there will be more efforts that fall back on older casinos, the growing influence of the digital market will always act as a serious confounding factor going forward.

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Chris Wink Opens – Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite

Chris Wink, co-founder of Blue Man Group, announces the opening of “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite” at AREA15. The attraction opens to the public today, Jan. 7, 2021.

This horizon-expanding, first-of-its-kind immersive art experience represents Wink’s most ambitious art and entertainment project since departing Blue Man Group in 2017. Drawing upon his well-honed skills as an experience designer, a music composer and overall purveyor of high-impact visual entertainment, the 1,500-square-foot experience takes the entertaining fusion of whimsy, color, art, technology and music he pioneered with Blue Man Group to the next level.

Wink World comprises a series of six infinity-mirror rooms, each one showcasing a stunning production number drawing upon Wink’s love of black light and other dazzling stage effects designed to evoke “life force” and inspire wonder. Wink’s penchant for transforming everyday objects into art or entertainment provides his delightful brand of dynamism to the experience, as ceiling fans transform into kinetic art and children’s toys like Slinkies and Hoberman Spheres become elevated into a chorus line of dancers and entertainers.

“Wink World will be a manifestation of my lifelong fascination with the transcendent power of the playful interaction of light, color and music,” said Wink. “I’m delighted to introduce everyone to this brand-new, multisensory art and entertainment concept.”

Tickets to enter “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite” are $18 for adults, $13.50 for children. Locals with Nevada ID pay $14.50 for adults and $11 for children. Discounts are also available for seniors and members of the military. All prices include ChromaDepth 3-D glasses.

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ABOUT CHRIS WINK

Chris Wink is famously known for being the co-founding performer, writer, director and composer of Blue Man Group, the ground-breaking show combining theatrics, art, music and technology to create a wildly interactive, percussion-driven multi-media experience. He is an award-winning writer and performer, Grammy-nominated composer and a frequent public speaker on the subject of creativity. Wink is currently the director of content and cool s**t for AREA15 and brings a unique brand of creativity and decades of industry experience to numerous experiential activations. In his position, he serves as a global ambassador for the brand.

ABOUT AREA15

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment complex offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Dueling Axes, Emporium, Lost Spirits Distillery, Oddwood Bar, Wink World, Museum Fiasco, Rocket Fizz, Five Iron Golf, The Beast, a culinary experience by Todd English, and anchor experience, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, AREA15 is an ever-changing art, retail and entertainment destination attracting locals and tourists of all ages.

AREA15 represents a collaborative venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York.

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

AREA15 will follow the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 will be using cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.

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Classic casino games – why they’ve stood the test of time

One of the largest and most successful industries in the world is the casino industry, both brick and mortar and online. The physical and online casino industry is currently worth an estimated $227 billion, with online casinos alone bringing in $46 billion of that number. If a person were to compare the casino landscape from 20 years ago to today, it is vastly different as the industry continues to move online. 

Even the iconic physical slot machines have been replaced with digitalized slot machines with algorithms predicting a win or loss. Although, in spite of all the technological advancements and the fact that every casino game has now moved online, they’re all practically still the same. It might not be easy to tell they’re the same with the graphics and game modes now offered on popular casinos like Vera & John, according to Manekineko Casino Vera & John offer over 350 slot games. So, it’s clear that slots have stood the test of time no matter the type of casino you play at now, whether in person or at home from your mobile. It is obviously to some degree due to the popularity of the classic casino games, and that they were designed in such a way to withstand the test of time, although there could be other factors that we’re going to look at. 

Familiarity 

When someone brings up the image of a casino in their mind, many people would think of rows of slot machines, table games such as blackjack, poker and the iconic roulette wheel, even without having visited a casino before or played any of the games. This is because these games have become imprinted on people’s memory, whether it be through books, stories, movies or television series; there is an expectation of what a casino should look like, and as a result, these are the games that are provided. In addition to these games becoming iconic, the online casino industry needs them to maintain their initial success. 

This is because the games are familiar to those new to playing casino games, and also for the experienced gamblers moving online, which is critical for online casinos since they are relatively new, and new games might not gain the same traction as the classics. 

Some don’t require skill and are fun 

Some casino games are designed in such a way to be fun and not require skill, such as slots, which is something that every new gambler needs; a simple game to introduce them to gambling. Games like slots, baccarat and bingo are all engaging yet simple, and offer fast gameplay that doesn’t require much in the way of strategy. These games are perfect for someone just looking to pass the time, or to test their luck. 

Although even slot games have changed dramatically over the years to maintain their relevance, whether it be by the added animations or the many themes, such as celebrities, sports or superheroes. Some slot games are even adopting video game themes to appeal to a younger audience, and bingo is vastly different too. 

The odds are better

In terms of people wanting to win money, the classic table games give the best odds, even online. Games like blackjack have an average house edge of 0.5%, video poker has a house edge of 0.46% and roulette is 5.26%. To give an example, a person could play blackjack with a $200 bankroll and bet $2 per hand, and be able to play for over 4 hours if they use basic strategy. 

This kind of low house edge is extremely appealing for many gamblers, especially those who don’t have a lot of experience. In addition to the house edge, all of the games listed above include a social factor, which is extremely important for the entertainment value of the game. 

Things might be changing

With all of that being said, things might be changing though, as the more experienced gamblers become less. Millennials are slowly becoming the main customer base for the casino industry, and because of that, a few games are slowly becoming less popular. Studies show that millennials are interested in games with strategy and skill, and find games like blackjack and slot unfair and uninteresting. 

Even Las Vegas is not really a gambling destination anymore, but a party destination, with room revenue from hotels being almost the same as the revenue from casinos, indicating that millennials are more interested in partying than gambling. Online gambling however shows an increase in the popularity of poker and sports betting, virtual and real, amongst millennials. However, traditional, classic casino games are not going anywhere, any time soon.   

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The Best Microgaming Slots for Pop Culture Enthusiasts

Popular culture spans several categories, including entertainment, sport, news, politics, fashion, and technology. These are generally recognised by people in society at any given point in time as having the most dominant influence on the population. For example, it could be a television show, song, sport, or US president. 

As the things and people involved in pop culture are so ‘popular’, it is no surprise companies try to capitalise on their popularity by releasing a number of products. The products can be anything from posters to toys. However, one of the most entertaining ways for pop culture enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the things they love, is by playing the latest online slots games. Over on BestCasinoSites.net you will find a detailed selection of slots games reviews but what are the best Microgaming slots for pop culture enthusiasts?

The hit television show, Game of Thrones, has played a significant role in pop culture ever since the first series aired in 2011. There were 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons and it concluded in May 2019. The series attracted record viewing numbers and a huge fans base thanks the complex characters, epic sets, and deep storylines. As a result, Vulture ranked the series’ fans as the most devoted in popular culture, which is some recognition considering it was up against Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.

The Game of Thrones slot is a 5×3 reel game available in both 243 ways-to-win and 15 lines. The game allows you to choose between the four great houses of Baratheon, Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen. There are different rewards depending on which house you choose to represent and you can hear the Game of Thrones theme song playing as you spin the reels. The banners for each of the main Houses of Westeros are symbols on the reels along with A, K, Q and J royals. Fans of the show will also notice the Iron Throne, which is the Scatter symbol and the Game of Thrones logo, which acts as the Wild symbol.

Remaining in the world of visual entertainment and we come to the Jurassic Park online slot. The first film in the ongoing series was released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg. The original film and the whole series are based on attempts by human beings to create a theme park based around real dinosaurs. The success of Jurassic Park has led to the creation of comic books, collectable figures, video games, theme park rides, exhibitions, and live shows. Due to its place in pop culture, Microgaming made the move to create an online slot and it was released in 2014. Complete with symbols of Velociraptors, T-Rex, Triceratops and other Jurassic Park creatures, the Microgaming Jurassic Park slot is a 243 payline video slot with 5 reels and 3 rows. The game is easy to play as you are immersed into the Jurassic Park world thanks to the graphics, music, and sound effects.

As highlighted above, both sport and movies play a big role in popular culture. In addition to the Jurassic Park slot, Microgaming have also released a game based on The Terminator. You must go back to 1984 to find the release of the first Terminator movie and this was directed by James Cameron. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, and has achieved a great legacy. In 2008, The Terminator was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and it has been named as one of the 30 Most Significant Independent Films of the last 30 years. Step forward The Terminator 2 online slot by Microgaming. The second film also became a cult classic and the slot game features all the main characters on the reels and clips from the actual movie. The biggest prizes in the game come from the T-1000 symbol and it is possible to win 129 times your total stake. 

In terms of sport, football has long been the one with the greatest fans base. Football is the most popular sport in the world, with millions of fans around the globe and this has led to the creation of various products. You can purchase football shirts, figures, cards, stickers, posters, paintings, books, comics, and so much more. This has led Microgaming to develop the 5-reel video slot called Football Stars and it has received rave reviews thanks to the great features and entertainment. The reels feature a selection of football players plus football boots, kits, and even a stadium. As you would expect, the star striker pays the most and the Football Star Deluxe logo symbol is the wild.

Other sports based slots games created by Microgaming include Cricket Star, which plays in a similar way to the football game.

With new additions to their catalogue every year, what will be the next top Microgaming slot for pop culture enthusiasts?

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Top 5 Songs For Casinos

There are some people that can get down with the gambling songs. For a good casino, the building needs to have some good tunes. With that said, these are the top five songs that are gambling related, and a good listen when you are trying to win big. 

Honorable Mention: “A Good Run of Bad Luck” by Clint Black

While taking a gamble on playsugarhouse, maybe this song will help you go on a good run, no pun intended. The song was released in 1994 and was at the top of the charts during this time. The country themed song is uptempo and jam-packed with gamlbing related content. The song talks about a gamble with a crush on another woman. He has a mission to spend tons of money on her. He makes mention of having a stretch of bad luck, but refuses to give up on this venture. 

No. 5: “House of Cards” by Tyler Shaw

In 2015, Shaw released this hit pop song that uses a deck of cards as the main metaphor. He mentions having a void in love, but when he hits the jackpot with the Queen of Hearts, he finally gets back to winning in a heartfelt way. With many gambling references, this is a great song to feature in any casino. 

No. 4: “Gambling Man” by The Overtones

The pop song came out in 2010 with references to “taking a gamble” on love and succeeding. The narrator falls in love with a beauty and he places all of his bets on her. The narrator is not typically someone who gambles, but he believes that the love he feels is worth the risk. If you want to know how it ends, take a listen next time you are sitting down with a deck of cards. 

No. 3: “Still the Same”: by Bob Seger

The 1978 rock single begins with the narrator meeting an old friend who is a successful professional gambler. The gambler teaches the narrator that he puts his faith in the cards instead of people and knows when to walk away. It’s definitely an old school banger. 

No. 2: “Love Is A Losing Game” by Amy Winehouse

Want to get lost in a Vegas? This contemporary R&B song describes a woman feeling disappointed and lonesome. Her partner rejected her and won big in a gambling setting, which left the woman feeling like she had the losing hand. In 2006, Winehouse wrote this song based on her own troubled relationship.

No. 1: “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

How can this not be the hit single at the top of this list? This addicting song revolving around sex and gambling broke the radio in 2008. The narrator makes plenty of gambling and sexual innuendos, while stirring in a hand of Texas hold’em. Lady Gaga created a masterpiece with this song. Hearing “p-p-p-poker face” will continuously ring in your head for hours, which is why it should be played in every casino. 

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Vegas’ New Gateway Arches Illuminated Tonight

Tonight, the City of Las Vegas will illuminate its new, 80-foot-tall Gateway Arches spanning Las Vegas Boulevard between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues at the base of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. Conceived and designed by Selbert Perkins Design and fabricated and installed by YESCO, the 100-year-old company synonymous with Las Vegas’ most iconic signs, the archway marks travelers’ official arrival into the City of Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas is known worldwide as the getaway for the best in entertainment, fun, dining and convention business,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “What better way to invite everyone into historic downtown than by this passing through this massive, new archway into the heart of a revitalized Las Vegas.”

“Ward 3 is a dynamic part of the city of Las Vegas and I am so excited to represent the home of this beautiful new gateway,” Ward 3 Councilwoman Olivia Diaz said. “I am sure these iconic arches will become synonymous with the fun and excitement of our city, as well as being a point of community pride for years to come.”

The blue illuminated arches form a towering gateway to the city’s burgeoning Downtown and feature a pink, retro-inspired Las Vegas emblem suspended above the boulevard. While the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign at the south end of the Strip enjoys world renown, many people do not realize it lies outside the City of Las Vegas’ boundaries in unincorporated Clark County, Nevada. The new, brightly lit, Gateway Arches will welcome visitors to the city of Las Vegas as they travel north on Las Vegas Boulevard. 

“YESCO has a long history of fabricating, installing and maintaining Las Vegas’ most internationally recognizable signs, and the Gateway Arches represent the newest monumental addition to that portfolio,” said Jeff Young, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of YESCO. “This project is history in the making, and we’re proud to have partnered with the City of Las Vegas and Selbert Perkins Design to bring it to life.”

Added Stephen Thayer, vice president and general manager at The STRAT, “The Gateway Arches are a striking landmark to designate what has long been the gateway from the Las Vegas Strip to the City of Las Vegas. We are thrilled that this beautiful monument has been erected just steps away from our iconic tower.”

“Selbert Perkins Design has been designing city gateways, public art and landmarks for over 30 years. We are honored to have worked with the City of Las Vegas to design its newest gateway which welcomes all to historic downtown,” said Robin Perkins, partner of Selbert Perkins Design. “Our thanks to YESCO for fabricating and installing this complex work. It’s been a fantastic collaboration all around!”

FUN FACTS:

  • One leg of the Gateway Arches weighs 18,400 pounds
  • Number of lights on the arches: 13,016 
  • City Of Las Vegas emblem measures 20-feet x 40-feet and weighs 7,300 pounds
  • The entire arch draws over 61,000 watts of power
  • The arches are comprised of over 13,000 + RGB light-emitting diode (LED) pucks that are individually programmable
  • Over 700 feet of fully programmable RGBW LED Flex Neon, each pixel is 4.92 inches 
  • Fully programmable, the color-changing sign contains more than 170 IP addresses
  • Each arch leg spans 140 feet across Las Vegas Boulevard
  • 900-plus LED lamps in the southern face of the hanging “Las Vegas” cabinet
  • Four footings were drilled with a drill rig and are 20-feet in depth x 4-feet wide with a steel reinforced cage

Other high-profile Las Vegas projects YESCO has fabricated and installed during its centennial year include the sign package for Allegiant Stadium, as well as interior and exterior signage for Downtown’s new Circa Resort & Casino. 

The Gateway Arches will be illuminated every day beginning at dusk.

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Park MGM & NoMad Las Vegas to Reopen

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced today that Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas will open their doors on September 30, completing the reopening of all of its properties around the world following closures earlier this year amid the Covid-19 crisis. Upon reopening, Park MGM/NoMad will be The Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort.

“Opening Park MGM and NoMad represent significant milestones, as they are the last of our properties to welcome back employees and guests alike,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and President. “The last six months have presented extraordinary challenges and I could not be prouder of the MGM Resorts team for the tireless effort required to get us here. There is much work ahead as we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and guests, but this is an important moment for us.”

Park MGM & NoMad Las Vegas

Park MGM is The Strip’s newest destination resort, having been completed in late 2018, and has quickly become one of the city’s go-to places for entertainment, dining and more. While amenities will be limited initially at opening, guests will be able to enjoy many of the resort’s most popular outlets including the vibrant Italian marketplace, Eataly; Bavette’s Steakhouse; Primrose; and the pool. NoMad Las Vegas, the intimate luxury hotel-within-a-hotel at Park MGM, also will begin welcoming guests on September 30. Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full listing of amenities, please visit mgmresorts.com. Complimentary self-parking will be available for guests; valet parking will not be operational at this time.

Anton Nikodemus, President of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas Portfolio, said, “As we looked toward our reopening, we identified an opportunity to be responsive to recurring guest demand for a fully non-smoking casino resort on The Strip. With an expansive Las Vegas portfolio, MGM Resorts is able to offer an array of options for visitors, all within the MGM Resorts family.”

The Company also noted that its Four Seasons Las Vegas property will reopen on September 25.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of employees and guests has been at the forefront of MGM Resorts’ planning since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis earlier this year. The company’s comprehensive “Seven-Point Safety Plan” is a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. The full plan can be reviewed at mgmresorts.com. The company continues to evaluate and evolve its safety protocols.  Key initiatives include:

  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training
  • COVID-19 testing for employees as they return to work in partnership with the local medical community
  • Employees and guests required to wear masks. Complimentary masks are provided as needed
  • Implemented a physical distancing policy, with floor guides serving as reminders
  • For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers have been installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks
  • Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on casino floors
  • Contactless Check-In through the MGM Resorts App allows hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices, minimizing interactions
  • Guestroom Attendants wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and change gloves between guestrooms
  • In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers are utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently
  • Digital menus are available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the company’s food and beverage outlets
  • To minimize groups congregating while they wait, restaurant guests receive text message notification when their tables are ready

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM.

The Company’s 50/50 venture, ROAR Digital LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.

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Are Mobile Casinos Secure

Despite the challenges online platforms face, casinos do their best to ensure customer information is safe and secure. They provide efficient, safe payment methods without disclosing their data or bank details. Mobile casinos are reliable, safe, honest, and ethical. Here is a look at how they achieve this. 

Licensing and Regulations

Opening a mobile casino is not as simple as it may seem. Financial compliance is mandatory. Operators must adhere to rules set by their governments regarding gambling, and attain a license to run the casino. An official agency strives to protect players and ensures that they are not exploited. Gambling sites that do not oblige to these rules are shown the door. 

Regular Audits

Regular auditing is mandatory for all licensed mobile casinos. Third parties monitor how these sites handle players’ funds. They also check player rights and if they are fair to players. This move ensures that casinos prioritize customer care and not take advantage of them in any way.

Technical Security

Mobile casinos are in fact secure, take Vegas Casino, for example. Since players have to key in their names, email, date of birth, mobile number, and preferred payment methods, the level of security of this data is at the highest. These sites ensure that they have the perfect technical protection that prevents leakage of such sensitive information. It’s also helpful in minimizing fraud. 

Most of them invest in reputable companies that are experienced in matters of online security. To achieve this, they prompt users to a 2-step verification, ID verification, segregate players’ funds, secure encryption, and advocate for responsible gambling. 

Fairness of Games

Casino games depend on luck, and all numbers are generated randomly for every single gameplay. External companies check the Random Number Generators (RNGs) to prevent any malicious deals. This ensures that every player gets equal chances of winning, hence making it fair. Winning depends on luck and playing smart, not artificially manipulated. 

Software

So far, several reputable software developers are known for releasing some of the popular games. These companies’ trustworthiness is evident in their awesome mobile slots. Mobile casinos offer games made by well-regarded software providers. Players have nothing to worry about as these games are similar to the desktop versions. 

Before the games are released to the public, they are usually tested for fairness. Players can be rest assured that nothing has been tampered with. Examples include; NetEnt, Microgaming, IGT, Play’n GO, Bet Soft, Big Time Gaming, Red Tiger Gaming, Playtech mobile slots, among others. 

Ownership

There are countless sites owned by reputable groups in the betting industry. These names are widely known and enjoy a vast client base. Players who wish to try out a new site should first do a background check to get relevant information.

Safe Deposits and Withdrawals

This is the number one factor to consider when it comes to payment methods via a mobile device. It is also the responsibility of customers to exercise by not sharing their passwords with other people.  Mobile casinos offer simple, quick deposit and withdrawal methods that guarantee instant access to money. 

The process is well streamlined such that there haven’t been any cases of loss of money. Most sites accept mobile wallet payment methods such as Skrill, PayPal, Wire Transfer, and Neteller. Alternatively, customers who prefer the convenience of cards are free to use their Visa or Mastercard. Always check the available options before settling for one. 

HYbrid RSA Encryption

There is no way other unrelated third parties can intercept your transaction details because the data becomes encrypted.  The process takes place between two groups, the casino, and the bank, for instance. Once a player authorizes a payment, the bank releases it immediately. The online site gets this data and completes the process by crediting your gaming account with the amount. 

SHA 3-Hash Algorithm

Gambling sites use this algorithm to prevent any interference with Random Number Generators. This point takes you back to the need for fairness in games. Players don’t have to worry about the mechanisms of winning because the algorithm takes care of that. 

Conclusion

From the above, it is evident that mobile casinos exercise security measures similar to desktop sites. Nothing is compromised. What matters the most is the safety and security of the players and the games they play. Casino auditors and regulators keep these sites on toes, so that they can provide great payment methods as well as maintain fairness in games. For these reasons, players shouldn’t shy away from enjoying great gaming experiences by trying out slots on their mobile devices.