Casinos in Pop Culture
When it comes to talking about casinos in modern pop culture, it should be acknowledged that casinos themselves are a pop culture because they have become an integral part of daily human lives. Especially now, as people are locked up in their abodes, the ability to win some real money without leaving one’s home seems to be in the biggest of demands that it has ever witnessed. Nonetheless, it should be acknowledged, as well, the casinos have always been a part of pop culture, in general, as they have always played a special role in movies, songs, and even books. Hence, in this article, we are going to talk about casinos and the niche that they have filled in within pop culture of the 20th and the 21st centuries.
It seems that it all has started in Las Vegas. Of course, casinos existed before in Europe and other cities of the United States. Nonetheless, the rise of Las Vegas to the prominence of a worldwide known center of entertainment and gambling has changed the rules of the game. It was in the middle of the 20th century that Vegas has become home to the highest payout casino games, and millions of tourists fled the city hoping to catch their lucky card. Thus, the image of casinos has become romanticized and has entered the domain of pop culture once and forever.
Ian Fleming knew that his most successful character, agent 007, or Bond, James Bond would have to deal with casinos one way or another because each and every casino holds a lot of interesting stories to be either told or kept under one’s hat. The 2006 film, James Bond: Casino Royal has become one of the most successful parts of the franchise, as Royal has surely been on the list of the top paying casinos. Well, if Casino Royal was shot today, Bond would not have had to infiltrate the gang of worldwide gangsters to win a lot of money, but would rather find the best payout casino online for himself.
People Sing about Casinos
Talking about figures that connect the concepts of music and gambling, it goes without saying that the one and only Elvis Presley is the first person who comes to one’s mind. The king of rock and roll has changed the way people perceived the City of Las Vegas and has made an immense contribution to the creation of a new image of an average gambler. Who knows, maybe his song that starts with the primordial lines of “A little less conversation, a little more action…” was devoted, namely, to those who had doubts whether they should step into a casino or pass it by. Well, if Elvis was alive today, he wouldn’t have had to sing any song, as going to a casino these days requires no effort at all. Everything a person needs is a gadget and connection to the Internet as online casinos are changing the rules of the game.
Nonetheless, it does not mean that modern singers have abandoned the rightful mission of singing about how awesome a casino’s experience might be. Katy Perry’s song “Waking up in Vegas” has a lot to tell you about what life is like in Vegas: “Shut up and put your money where your mouth is / That’s what you get for waking up in Vegas”. Well, but for a hangover and a blast of a night, you might also experience some of the best online casino payouts without the need for traveling across the globe to come to the city of sin.
Now, there’s probably no person in this world who would not have heard about this classic of cinematography. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and others – the cast of this movie itself is something worth paying for to watch perform together. However, even though they have robbed the Mirage, the MGM Grand, and the Bellagio – three of the best casinos of Las Vegas – they would have, probably, abandoned this plan if the movie was shot in 2020 and not 2001. Nowadays, there is no need to rob something or someone to become rich. A person can simply go to the highest paying online casino and earn some real money while having a lot of fun.
Pop Goes Online
The second decade of the 21st century has become the time of ultimate changes. The world of business has faced the challenge of partially transferring its presence into the world of online. All the pop fans are now following their idols online, and the situation with casinos and online platforms is not an exception out of the general rules of pop culture. Nowadays, almost every casino has its own online version, and, what is more, online casinos are becoming even more popular than their brick-and-mortar competitors.
Regardless of what critics might have to say, but it should be acknowledged that casinos have always been an integral part of pop culture. As a matter of fact, they have played an immense role in the establishment of the pop culture as of the dominant cultural domain of the 21st century. The connection between them is unbreakable. As soon as the world of pop art and culture went online, casinos have also transferred a great bulk of their activities to the web platforms, thus becoming even more convenient for the players from all around the world to play. Everything that is popular is a part of the pop culture, being rich is pop, having fun is pop, and being able to decide when to play and when not is surely pop.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.