Best TV Trips to the Casino

Cinema and television aren’t short on their depictions of casino life. James Bond has a monopoly on looking good and winning big with a martini in hand, while series like Boardwalk Empire offer a grittier look at the underbelly of Atlantic City.

From glitz and glamour to the unpredictable maneuverings of business tycoons in Vegas and Atlantic City, the casino has a special place in the American psyche. One major reason casino and card game scenes have featured so memorably in beloved TV shows is the appeal of a gaming night.

In the US, gaming is associated with a big trip to a brick-and-mortar casino with a large, opulent floor and well-dressed players. Despite the fact that most major brands are moving online to expand their casino bonuses and offers for virtual gamers, episodes of prime time TV that feature trips to brick-and-mortar establishments are likely to stay—no matter how unrealistic or playful they are.

The Office, ‘Casino Night’ 

Juxtaposed against the hapless characters of The Office, the season two finale delivered on high stakes emotional encounters. Fans remember this episode for the brief, romantic moment shared between the main characters Pam and Jim.

However, it’s the office’s casual casino night that provides the perfect backdrop for the romantic drama happening. A round of Texas Hold’em poker reveals that Pam can actually bluff, which isn’t a comment on poker as much as it is on her ability to be engaged to one man while in love with another.

While the audience may hold their breath watching Pam and Jim, Kevin Malone provides ample comedic relief as he saunters around the casino floor and brags about his poker winnings before losing it all in a single hand.

Sex and the City, ‘Luck Be an Old Lady’ 

This episode of Sex and the City sees the New York fashionistas head to Atlantic City for an exclusive stay on the boardwalk. As a gift from Samantha’s paramour, Richard, the girls don’t spare any expense as they enjoy their weekend stay.

The backdrop of the episode takes place at the Taj Mahal, which provides equal portions of extravagance and the world of casual gaming. An incident at the craps table provides the perfect opportunity for Samantha, Miranda, Carrie, and Charlotte to band together and rally the crowd in their favor.

However, the real treat may be the luxurious penthouse provided for Richard at the Taj Mahal, as well as the VIP treatment he and all the girls receive. This is the Atlantic City trip all friends dream of.

Friends, ‘The One In Vegas’ 

While Carrie and company in Sex and the City traveled to Atlantic City, ‘The One In Vegas’ covers the gaggle of New York friends as they travel west to Las Vegas. The trip chronicles some of the stereotypes surrounding the City of Lights.

The episode focuses largely on the last-minute weddings that Vegas chapels cater to. The original wedding between Monica and Chandler, a long-time couple, is dwarfed by the sudden appearance of Ross and Rachel, whose back-and-forth romance never skimps on drama.

If ‘Luck Be an Old Lady’ highlighted the finer aspects of the infamous casino, then ‘The One In Vegas’ reveals all the stereotypes that are tacked on to gaming culture—shotgun weddings in Vegas included.

Curb Your Enthusiasm, ‘The Shrimp Incident’

Known for its cringe-worthy moments in which the main character Larry stumbles through life with witty abrasiveness, ‘The Shrimp Incident’ doesn’t skip a beat. As Larry and a group of friends attempt to reel in an HBO executive for a new TV show, they play a game of two-card guts.

‘The Shrimp Incident’ offers one of the most no-holds-barred views at Larry in his show. Luckily, his temper is eased by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who plays herself) as she sweeps two-card guts and takes away the $800 pool. 

Though some may cringe at Larry’s behavior or revel in the fact that Louis-Dreyfus took the pot home, the emotionally charged setting of even a casual game of two-card guts can’t be missed. This episode may take place far away from a casino floor, but it also showcases another American staple: taking the casino to a kitchen table and making no effort to emotionally detach from the game.

Tips for Social Distancing Trips

It is nothing new that the way we engage in and carry out various activities will no longer be the same in the next few months or even years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the way we work, learn, and shop to the way we spend our free time, everything is affected in a way or another by the new safety and social distancing norms.

Traveling is one of the activities that are directly and significantly impacted by the last months’ events. Since restrictions have started to be lifted gradually, people are now beginning to plan their 2020 travels according to the new restrictions, even if in a significantly lower number than in the past years.

If you’re among them, taking a few simple steps will lower your chances of getting sick and help you boost your safety when traveling. Here are a few tips for traveling safely while social distancing.

Traveling by car 

While in the past, many people would have booked online flight tickets to reach their favorite destinations, road trips have started to gain attention, given that they’re safer, accessible, as well as flexible. When traveling by car, whether it’s yours or a rental, the number of people you interact with is considerably lower, and that’s the basis of social distancing.

While it might prove to be a challenge to keep such distance in certain circumstances and places, it is easier to respect the new restrictions when you travel by car with your family or partner.

Renting remote homes

Many of us would like to go for a longer trip, given the previous months of isolation, which means that you will have to find a place to stay. Camping seems to be more appealing than ever as long as you find a place where you can set up your camp, and you have enough space just for you and your family.

Another alternative, if you’re not on a tight budget, is to rent a remote home and have an entire place just for you and the people you travel with; the more secluded the home, the more likely you are not to run into other travelers.

However, if you choose to go for this option, make sure the place you rent includes supplies for your basic needs. If the rental pack does not include such options, make a list of essentials and bring your own supplies.

In case there is a member of your family on meds, add the needed medication to your pack. If you want to take your pet with you, ensure that your animal companion’s needs are also covered. Find out more about kibbles and other pet supplies on Drfoxmag.com.

Also, check out the route you want to take before you go. Map out the road you intend to take and keep an eye on the latest news regarding travel-related restrictions in the state you want to visit.

The supplies you need no matter where you go

The primary role of social distancing is to lower the transmission of the new coronavirus, which means that, regardless of the type of trip you want to go for, you should always take the recommended safety measures to protect yourself and the people you interact with.

A hygiene kit is thus mandatory. Make sure you pack enough sanitizing products, disposable disinfecting wipes, gloves, and facial masks, as well as bags to discard such items safely. Since road trips include road stops, taking extra safety measures is always a good idea.

When using public bathrooms, it is best to shield your hands from surfaces that are often touched, such as door handles, faucets, and fixtures. If you don’t have disposable gloves, then thoroughly wash your hands or use a disinfecting gel, and use a paper towel or tissue to open the door, for example.

Check the safety measures recommended by the World Health Organization and health experts and take the needed steps to lower the chances of getting sick.