What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Casino Confidential is a reality series that showcases some of the wild behavior -- including drunken behaviors and scuffles -- of the guests of a Las Vegas casino. Women (including prostitutes) are shown wearing skimpy clothing to do their jobs. Customers and staff sometimes treat each other poorly and language (including bleeped "f--k" and "s--t") is common.
What's the story?
CASINO CONFIDENTIAL is a Canadian reality series that shows what it takes to keep a downtown Las Vegas casino thriving from the point of view of the people who work there. It features the staff of Binion's Casino, one of the oldest casinos in the city, as they train and work under the watchful eye of shift managers and keep colorful clients in check with the help of security officers. While Glenn Casale, director of casino operations, oversees it all he continues to work with his management team to find ways to appeal to gamblers and tourists who are usually drawn to the glitzy and modern Vegas strip rather than the older, downtown casinos on the city's historic Fremont Street. There's never a dull moment, but they always seem to keep everything going smoothly.
Is it any good?
Casino Confidential reveals some of the efforts being made by one of Las Vegas' oldest casinos to appeal to a younger market in order to remain profitable, including hiring dealers to become "cowgirls" (young, scantily clad female dealers), hosting bachelor parties and weddings, and making management wear T-shirts as part of their uniform. It also highlights some of the skills required to be a dealer, as well as the expectations that traditional gamblers have of them while playing their hands.
A few minor trade secrets are revealed here, but the show's real excitement comes from watching some of the wildly inappropriate behaviors of some of their guests -- usually after they've consumed large amounts of alcohol. Run-ins with prostitutes and other folks who are looking for ways to make money off of tourists also offer some voyeuristic moments. All in all, the show deals out enough guilty pleasure to satisfy both Vegas and mature reality TV fans alike.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the history of Las Vegas. What is the difference between downtown Las Vegas and the Vegas Strip? Why is gambling legal there, and not in most other cities in the United States?
How has the media portrayed Las Vegas and the people who go there over the years? Behaviors like excessive drinking, smoking, and cursing are often visible when following Las Vegas visitors. Do you think these portrayals are realistic, even in reality shows? If so, why do people do these things while visiting the city?