Is Vegas Really Like They Show in the Movies?
Once people watch the Robert De Niro starrer, Casino, they think they know everything they need to know about Las Vegas. However, there’s more fiction in that story than reality, even though it’s based on real-life events and people.
Around 39 million people visited Vegas in 2018—and many of them must have been mighty confused when they arrived, if their only point of reference was movies. Yes, the city’s certainly full of glitz and glamorous—but you need to sift the truth from the many myths surrounding Sin City.
We thought we’d start with the most popularly propagated ones.
Everyone Goes to Vegas to Become Rich
If going to Vegas was the formula for becoming rich, everyone would just move to Vegas. Gambling is a two-way street. You have a chance at winning, yes—but you also have a chance of losing (a pretty high one at that).
Professional and experienced gamblers take a long time to attain their monumental wealth. For many gamblers, gambling isn’t just something they do on their vacations to Vegas. It’s a profession—a full-time occupation.
The Hangover is another movie that’s based on real-life events (or at least loosely inspired by them). Many visitors wonder if the events of the movie could happen to them.
We’d argue that if you drink enough, they definitely could. But be warned: you’re no Bradley Cooper, and you might have a difficult time navigating the rollercoaster that was The Hangover.
Thanks to Ocean’s Eleven and George Clooney, many Vegas visitors are often worried that some mastermind will pull a heist on all major casinos in Vegas in one night and get away with it.
Some heists have taken place in Vegas, yes, but it isn’t an everyday occurrence. It’s actually pretty rare, and all casino owners invest in tough security.
Perhaps the most famous of them all was when a group of MIT and Harvard students and ex-students tried beating casinos at blackjack and broke the bank—but it was no heist. It was just clever Ivy League students being clever.
And Of Course: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
Not really. Vegas has several news agencies, resident investigative journalists, and a lot of mouths that are always talking. Word gets out.
If everything that happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas, we wouldn’t have so many movies about the place! And Vegas certainly wouldn’t be in the news so often.
To tell you the truth, Vegas is an important city in terms of the economy. Gaming and gambling taxes reach as high as $10 million easily. A city so important can’t be left to fend for itself—in Nevada, the hills truly have eyes!
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