There’s a pretty obvious answer for what kind of behaviour you see in casinos in the world of movies, that in the real world it would probably be wise not to replicate – all the illegality! It seems like in the world of film, it’s basically impossible to step foot in the casino environs of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Monte Carlo or Macau without feeling the unstoppable urge to commit some serious criminality. While you can probably already work out that turning up in Sin City armed with assault rifles and some serious grievances, and dressed as Elvis Presley a la 3000 Miles to Graceland, is inadvisable, they’re sticklers for the rules in casinos, and the little things that happen in casinos on film won’t go down well either.
For example, in 1995’s Casino, Joe Pesci is playing blackjack, and upon being dealt a card he isn’t fond of, he proceeds to throw it at the dealer. As he’s in the casino owned by the dealer Sam ‘Aces’ Rothstein, he’s allowed a new card, which he doesn’t like either, and throws that one too. And so on. This will definitely not be appreciated in the real world. Nor, it has to be said, will leaving your suite in the state that the boys from The Hangover left theirs; though we’d like to think we could do as they did, and simply cut and run to LA, leaving the whole sorry mess behind us – come on! They have your credit-card details – what do you think is going to happen?
When it comes to etiquette in casinos – real casinos, not an online casino Australia – all the competition fades behind her Majesty’s finest, James Bond, and not in the good way. In Casino Royale, he’s holding, in the poker game, what aficionados like to call ‘the stone-cold nuts’ – the best possible hand, bar none. And yet, he waits for every single other player at the table to declare their hand, before smugly flipping the winner. Believe me, if you value your general health and well-being, don’t try this in public.
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