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You Can Always Bet on Casinos to Make Great TV and TV to Make Great Casinos


"Las Vegas, The Freemont Street Experienc" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by ShardsOfBlue

Did you know that TV and casinos have a reciprocal relationship? That's right, although it's probably not true that one couldn't live without the other, there's no doubt execs on either side of the divide have use the other for inspiration. Not sure what we mean? Let us explain with a rundown of our favorite casino-inspired TV shows and their online gaming counterparts.

Naturally, the starting point for any casino TV show is Las Vegas and over the years there have been plenty of shows set in the world's favorite gambling hub. From CSI and Dr. Vegas to the 1978 Aaron Spelling detective show, Vega$, directors and producers have often used Sin City as the backdrop for their shows.

When Shows and Casinos Collide

 

However, it's not just shows based on Las Vegas that have flirted with casino culture and all that comes with it. Over the last few decades, casino episodes have become a go-to dramatic device for those involved with the most popular shows in the US. For example, we all remember the infamous "The One in Vegas" episode from Friends.
First aired in May 1999, the two-part episode features everything from a lover's spat to Joey's chance encounter with his hand twin. Similarly, the cast of Modern Family was shipped off to Vegas in March 2014 while the South Park boys were forced to take on the house to save their houses when a casino owner buys up their land.

On the other side of the coin, the casino world is full of iconography and ideas from TV. Take the wealth of TV-themed video slots currently on offer across many of the leading online casino sites. For example, when you scroll through the video slots lobby on Guts.com and you'll find virtual spinners that have plenty of recognizable themes. Game of Thrones, Dracula, The Invisible Man and Wheel of Wealth (i.e. Wheel of Fortune) are all on the menu.

What's interesting about these TV slots is that players can play them for free. Although real money action is an option, the name of the game above all else is entertainment. Spinning and winning, even if it's virtual dollars, is hugely entertaining and things are made even better when you throw video clips, images and sound effects from popular TV shows into the mix.

It's All About Entertainment


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In fact, this brings us onto our main point and why TV shows and casinos have a reciprocal relationship. When you boil it all down, entertainment and drama are the key ingredients in both mediums. TV shows are all about interesting twists, turns and storylines and so are casino slots.

Picture the scene: you're inside a casino, surrounded by blinking lights and riffling chips. Already the adrenaline is starting to flow as you move towards a table and place a bet where the turn of a card or spin of a wheel could make you rich. This undercurrent of tension and anticipation is the perfect foundation for a TV show.

Similarly, when an online slots developer like NetEnt wants to keep players engaged, they turn to the dramatic elements of TV shows. Maybe it's a video clip from Game of Thrones or a bonus round where players spin a giant wheel (Wheel of Fortune) in a bid to win something extra. All these little extras help to make a game more interesting and, therefore, more enjoyable.

Cross the TV/Casino Divide and You'll Find Entertainment


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Yes, we'll admit that the relationship between the TV and casino worlds is an unlikely one, but it's one that works. Any TV show set in a casino or that features a casino episode is always entertaining – just look at how the Friends episode in Vegas is rated as the best in the show's history according to IMDb. Conversely, any online slot game based on a TV show is always highly rated – e.g. Dracula and Game of Thrones are among Guts Casino's top 50 most popular slots.

So what's the lesson here? Well, if you're trying to make a hit TV show or casino game, it's always worth looking across to your unlikely dance partner for inspiration. Moreover, if you're a TV addict like us, then you know there's always going to be something entertaining lurking in the divide between TV shows and casino games.

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