For decades now, casino scenes have been depicted in the movies. From as early as the 1942 classic Casablanca to pretty much every film in the James Bond franchise, cinema has always had a fascination with gambling. While some of the casinos that are depicted on the silver screen are purely fictional, there are some blockbusters that take things to the next level and film at real brick-and-mortar establishments. Below, we take a look at some of these in more detail. But if you can’t get to one of these glitzy and glamorous locations, there’s always online gaming at Betfair casino.
- The Mirage, Las Vegas
The Mirage has featured in many films. Vegas Vacation (1997) was one of them and fans of the Ocean’s series will know The Mirage was one of the three casinos that Danny Ocean and his pack robbed in 2001’s hit Ocean’s Eleven. One of the casino’s notable features is the volcano attraction at the front, which erupts during regular intervals at night, and was briefly shown in the 1997 film Volcano.
In the 1998 film Rounders, Matt Damon’s character dreams of playing Poker at The Mirage and who can blame him? He refers to the room as “the centre of the poker universe”, and he’s not far wrong. There are over 30 tables to play 7-card Stud, Omaha 8 or Better, and Texas Hold’em.
But it’s not only casino staples such as Baccarat and Blackjack that can be played. There’s also a wide range of other games including Big Six, Pai Gow and Pai Gow Poker. There are sports betting rooms and an exclusive High Limit lounge.
- The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio is the central setting for Ocean’s Eleven, but it also features in the third film of the series (Ocean’s Thirteen, 2007) when two characters stand in front of its iconic entrance. They are reminiscing about Dunes, the casino and hotel resort which formerly occupied Bellagio’s plot.
Famed for its dancing fountains set to lights and music, the front of the Bellagio is instantly recognisable. But equally as famous is its Poker room. Named after the 1978 World Series of Poker champion Bobby Baldwin, Bobby’s Room is a favoured spot for professional Poker players including Doyle Brunson and Daniel Negreanu. Pots during the Big Game can exceed $1 million. The resort has also partnered with the World Poker Tour to host tournaments.
- Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Caesars Palace is another of Sin City’s casinos to feature in many movies. It may not have been primarily a casino film, but Rain Man (1998) starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise had an iconic scene. Filming took place at the Blackjack tables, where card counting techniques were employed by the Babbit brothers to win over $86,000. The 2009 hit comedy The Hangover was mostly filmed at Caesars, with locations including the lobby and front desk, pools, corridors and even the roof.
Caesars has two casinos and Caesars Forum (the original casino) contains 30 gaming tables and 250 slot machines. The modern gaming space consists of an incredible 4,500 square feet 24-hour Poker room, a Race & Sportsbook room, as well as more obscure games such as Keno and Pai Gow.
- Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
The movie 21 (2008) depicts the real-life exploits of the MIT Blackjack Team, a group of individuals who employed card counting techniques and covert signalling in many Las Vegas casinos to win big. Under the guidance of their maths tutor, the team grew to as many as 70 players with multiple partnership teams.
The casino at Planet Hollywood has an Art Deco theme, oozing glamour. The gaming floor is full of traditional table games, Slots and a dedicated Sportsbook room. Planet Hollywood made history in March 2017 when they became the first casino in Vegas to install skill-based games machines. When you can prise yourself away from the casino, head to the mezzanine and relax in sumptuous surroundings while watching all the action unfold below.