A Look at Roulette in Popular Culture

Roulette is not only one of the more traditional casino games, but it’s also one of the most popular – whether that be playing it in a brick-and-mortar casino or online. Even if you aren’t familiar with the game, or ever played it yourself, it’s easy to conjure up images of placing your chips on the table, the croupier spinning the wheel and imagining the general excitement and thrill surrounding the game. Roulette is something that has appeared more often than not in film, music and by legend. Read on to find out more about Roulette in Popular Culture.

Bond… James Bond

While in the film franchise, we see our favourite secret agent play every casino game under the sun: Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Poker – you name it, Bond has played it. What most don’t realise is that in the original series of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, 007 often hits the Roulette table and he even has his favourite number: 17.

The original James Bond, Sean Connery even hit the casino and placed a bet on number 17 – and while he wasn’t successful the first time, he persevered and went on to land number 17 three times in a row!

Considered lucky by many, we don’t know if it’s Bond’s influence or the number’s central location that makes it so popular, but if it’s good enough (and successful enough) for Bond, then why not give it a try when you next play live roulette online.

The infamous Café Americain

The classic film Casablanca was one of the first to feature the game of Roulette and the scene is memorable for a number of reasons. Of course, it doesn’t portray Roulette very accurately, with a bias on the wheel allowing Jan to land his number. It certainly wouldn’t be as easy in reality as it was for Jan in the 1944 Oscar-winning blockbuster.

Owner Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) famously enters the room at the back of his café, where he sees Jan looking despondent as he’s down to his final chips. “Have you tried 22 tonight?” he asks and then, a little louder, this time for the benefit of the croupier: “I said 22.” Jan places his last three chips on 22, the croupier spins the wheel and bingo – 22 wins. Rick then tells Jan: “Leave it there”, the croupier spins the wheel and lo and behold, 22 lands again. Rick then growls: “Don’t come back”.

The Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

We need to be transported back to the 19th century to when this legendary figure of the Roulette world was around. In 1891, Charles Wells won an incredible 1 million Francs at the Roulette table – which in today’s money would be an extortionate $13 million!

He made his winnings at a monster 11-hour session at the tables of casinos on the French Riviera. He even possessed a deadly winning streak – landing 23 out of 30 consecutive spins to boost his winnings. But not content with 1 million Francs worth of winnings, he returned and made another million.

Legend says that sometimes he won all of the money in the casino, so the croupier had to cover the Roulette wheel with a black cloth to indicate it was out of service until more money could be obtained. In which case, we aren’t surprised that the popular British music hall song by Fred Gilbert was inspired by Wells… he really was ‘The man that broke the bank at Monte Carlo’.

Tips On How To Stay Updated in Pop Culture 

If you are into pop culture, then there’s no running from it. Indeed, pop culture is the center of the current generation. People call it trivial or too mainstream. But they do not understand the whole picture and they are just looking on one part only.

As you become aware of what is happening around you, you determine the context and begin to live in the moment.

Pop culture is a great strategy to keep you updated and your brand relevant. Here are some tips on how to stay informed in pop culture:

Stay Longer on Social Media

One of the quickest and easiest ways to gather information is through social media. Thus, to be on the trend, you must invest your time and stay longer on various social media pages. For example, if you play the situs poker online, try to visit as well their Facebook page.  

It is crucial to know how various social media platforms appeal to age groups. For example, Facebook has the most number of users. However, millennials are moving away from it. Thus, only the older generations are staying to use it.

In real life, most of the teenagers get their pop culture update on Snapchat, Youtube, and Instagram. You can also get most of the news update on Twitter and not on Facebook.

Sign up for Newsletters

As you wake up each morning, you can check your emails. You can have enough information from spending a few seconds at your email digest each morning.

In a similar note, many media outlets create an option for pushing that notification that enables alerts whenever a story is shared or posted.

You can use your best discretion or you can subscribe to it. For example, subscribe to the email list of situs poker online.One to two emails per day will not hurt your morning routine.

Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are the baselines of pop culture. Often times, these are the source of the topic of pop culture. Today, you can find podcasts on various topics. For example, you can listen to murder mysteries, life advice, or romantic comedies. In most produced podcasts, topics tend to be well-researched.

Indeed, podcasts are not for everyone. If you are not used in learning through an auditory device, then it may be hard for you to follow it.

Participate Actively on Forums

The majority of the websites have forums. This is a great way to find out what’s relevant to your interests. Just a tip, do not exert all your efforts on the meandering conversations because you may miss the gist of the conversation.

To keep up with the forums, it is best to get over your fears with regards to the post. Participate actively in the conversations. There are forums that allow anonymous users where you can participate. This is good if you are to shy to introduce your identity.

Share your Interests and Listen to the Advice of People

Lastly, not all information must come from the internet. You can also ask your coworkers or housemates. Sometimes, it is easier to gather information from your friends and loved ones. Thus, it is best to establish open communication and listen to each other.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Set For Fall 2016

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH COMIC-CON HQ
MARK HAMILL’S POP CULTURE QUEST
SET FOR FALL 2016

The stage and screen star will host and executive produce the new series with fellow Star Wars alum, Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian

SANTA MONICA, June 2, 2016 – Best known for his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, a docu-style series featuring authentic stories about passionate fans and their collections, will be hosted and produced by Hamill. Production on the series will begin in June when he returns from shooting Star Wars VIII in the U.K. The series will debut on Comic-Con HQ this fall.

Hamill has been amassing memorabilia, including comic books, toys, lunch boxes, records, puppets, original artwork, and much more since the early 1970s. Now with Pop Culture Quest, he can share his appreciation and introduce other interesting collectors and their treasures to the Comic-Con community.

“I’ve been a collector all my life,” said Hamill. “This show is a natural outgrowth of that passion. Now I have an opportunity to collect other people’s collections! I can’t wait to see what’s out there and share it with the world. Collectibles are a living history of who and what we are, so we just might learn something…but there’s no doubt we’re going to have fun!”

Seth Laderman, EVP and General Manager, Comic-Con HQ, added, “From the moment I started talking with Mark about this idea over three years ago, his enthusiasm was infectious. It had such an impact on me that after I came to Comic-Con HQ, my first call was to him and his team about how to bring this show to our community. Passion is at the heart of all of our original series, with a goal to allow innovators like Mark the opportunity to create and bring their ideas to life. We couldn’t be happier to help Mark’s show find a home.”

Hamill will once again team with his friend and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian. Kazanjian was Executive Producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and served as VP at Lucasfilm during the dramatic expansion of the company in the 1980s. Producer Darren Moorman, whose film Same Kind of Different as Me will be released next year, and longtime collector and vintage show promoter Scott Kinney will round out the producing team as Executive Producers on the series.

More news about upcoming programming and partnerships for Comic-Con HQ will be announced in the coming weeks. Anyone can register now for a free extended trial on Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers and iOS/Android devices. The paid subscription service will officially roll out this summer across more connected devices and distribution platforms such as Roku, AppleTV and Amazon’s Streaming Partners Program, with additional devices becoming available in the months to come.

 

Book Review “Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture- A Career Retrospective”

Author: Jack Davis
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Release Date: December 12, 2011

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I recently had the privileged to interview Jack Davis himself and discuss his work with him. I have to tell you that it would honestly take hours of questions to barely scratch the surface on his work. This book is packed with really great high quality coverage of all of Jack’s work. It starts from the beginning  in the early days and gives a pretty thorough look at his career portfolio. I feel that the book work as a tribute to his work and would be enjoyed by his lifetime fans and newly founding fans alike.

Some of the work that “Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture” covers is his comic work in EC, “MAD”, “Humbug”, “Trump”, and horror work like “The Vault of Terror” and Tales from the Crypt”. It focuses on his work with movie posters and albums covers including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, “The Bad News Bears”, “Bananas” and record jacket art for musicians and bands like Hans Conreid and the Creature Orchestra’s Monster Rally and Spike Jones. Jack’s work has also been featured in magazine like Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Time and TV Guide. Lastly a main draw for the book has to be unpublished illustrations and and newly found drawings from Davis.

I did not think that one book would be able to encompass all of it all of Jack’s worth but this one does a decent job. The images though are very clear and crisp whether in black and white or color. You can even see the pencil marks on some of the pictures, which adds to the beauty of the images. After you finished enjoying all of his work, there is a great biography written about Jack to round up all of his work and delivers some great information about his career.  Fans of Jack’s and of art in general should definitely check this out if you are able to pick up a copy from Fantagraphics.