There is something about casinos that consistently attracts the movie industry. Perhaps their main function of redistributing money comfortably allows script writers the neccessary machinations to write both good comedy and drama.
Even if you aren’t in town to gamble it is still worth visiting a casino just to experience the atmosphere and admire the ambition with which their architects plot to entice your money.
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
Though three casinos were robbed by Danny Ocean’s Eleven, it was in the vault of The Bellagio where the 150 million bucks was kept. The Bellagio is most notable for the vast fountains set outside the casino and hotel. Reputed to have cost $40 million and set in an eight acre manmade lake, these impressive water features perform a sound and light show every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day or night. Bolt, 21, The Hangover and Rush Hour 2 also use the fountains in scenes. Other features at the casino include botanical gardens, a fine art gallery and a famous poker room. If you are unfamiliar with poker PokerBlog provides plenty of tips and strategies for learning the game.
The Mirage, Las Vegas
Home to Siegfried and Roy, the most visited show in Las Vegas until one of their tigers dramatically resigned from the act, The Mirage was the setting for National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation. Opened in 1989 The Mirage reversed the decline in tourism numbers to Vegas since the 1970s by setting the standard for opulence. With the distinctive tint of the hotel’s gold windows coming from actual gold dust, the $630 million Mirage was at the time the most expensive casino hotel in history.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
The most famous of Vegas casinos, Caesars Palace has appeared in a string of films including the card counting scene in Rain Man, Rocky III, Ocean’s Eleven, Dreamgirls, Iron Man and The Hangover. Opened in 1962 Caesars Palace is featured around a Roman Empire theme and, along with its numerous film appearances, has hosted a who’s who of Vegas acts including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Liberace, Elton John, George Burns, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Judy Garland, David Copperfield, Stevie Nicks, Gloria Estefan and Jerry Seinfeld.
Circus Circus Casino, Las Vegas
Described in the book as “what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war. This is the sixth Reich” Circus Circus perhaps unsurprisingly wanted nothing to do with the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Refused permission to use either the name or to film on the property, Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo instead got weird in the fictional Bazooko Circus Casino. And, though this time it was part of the plot, Austin Powers also had to sneak into Circus Circus in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Monte Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo
America’s combined dominance of the film industry and English language websites ensures Vegas’s primacy in film so thank heavens for Bond. Possibly film’s most well-known casino goer, James Bond has played a hand of two of Baccarat or Texas Hold’ em poker in locations as varied as the Caribbean and Montenegro, but it is the Monte Carlo Casino where he most frequently returns. The first Monte Carlo Casino opened in 1856 though it wasn’t until 1863 that the present building was completed and the Les Spelugues area renamed to Monte Carlo to make it more attractive to foreign visitors. Appropriately dressed visitors can enter on payment of a €10 fee.
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