Looking at the Relationship Between Casinos & Entertainment

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BetMGM Jun 07, 2022, 5:06 AM

With thousands of people going through the doors every day, it’s no surprise that casino owners and hoteliers would look at putting their facilities to other uses. In addition to added income from more feet on the floor, such uses can also help build the casino’s reputation as a destination of choice.

One hotel group that has put this concept to good use is the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa Group, which shares ownership with premier online casino games provider, BetMGM. Several Vegas-based casinos have also opened their doors to entertainment options beyond that of gambling.

Let’s take a walk through a few of America’s top casinos and see what they’ve done to supplement their offering.

Music events

In the past, casinos were better known as the place musicians would go at the end of their careers. However, thanks to the likes of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and even America’s Got Talent, casinos have become the place to enjoy all different types of musical genres and concerts from A-list performers.

Canadian-born singing sensation, Celine Dion, made history when she took up an entertainment residency in the world’s gambling capital, Las Vegas. Naming her show, A New Day, Ms. Dion launched it in 2003 and the show’s title would be synonymous with the area’s rebirth as a new home for musical hitmakers. 

Back in Atlantic City, in addition to real casino games, Borgata has seen many famous faces stride across its stage, including Kings of Leon, Cher and Britney Spears. The casino’s Music Box Theater also boasts several tribute shows; this year, the hotel group pays tribute to Journey, one of the world’s best bands from the 80s, with Voyage: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band taking center stage.

But it’s not just about pop and rock music. The hotel also boasts a comedy club and nightclub, with EDM specialists such as Tiesto, Steve Angello and Samantha Ronson all hitting the turntables at the latter.

From casino table games to musical festivals, Borgata is truly a place to live, love and laugh.

Art exhibitions

The Bellagio Hotel and Casino is often home to a number of exhibitions, as well as the magnificently bold glass chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly, which is always on display in the reception area. The works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Faberge and Picasso have all been on display at the casino, as well as several other works from the Museum of Fine Art.

This year, the casino will be showcasing the works of upcoming artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her “intriguing installations” such as Narcissus Gardens and Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity. Both works will be on display this year.

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City is another venue that houses a fine arts gallery, as well as a collection of Chihuly’s blown glass sculptures and chandeliers.

Hits of a different nature

Casinos in Vegas have also become some of the best venues to host boxing and fighting events. Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have fought under the enthralled eyes of fans at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Recently, several online casino slots have been developed along boxing themes, with some even paying homage to the sport in their names, for example, Saved by the Bell and Power Punch. One of the more famous boxing-themed games, Fruit Punch, has even named its features Super Knock Out and Super Heavyweight.

The roar of the engines

While not a staple in the American gambling scene, motor racing is another sport that can be enjoyed at one establishment in particular. Every year, the Monaco Grand Prix is held on the streets of Monaco, which incidentally is also home to one of Europe’s most renowned gambling houses, famous for serving James Bond his first vodka martini. Imagine spending the day out on the balcony watching the cars roar past and at night enjoying some exhilarating gaming.

Sport celebs in the online casino space

It’s not only in the actual brick and mortar buildings that the entertainment world is making inroads into. Many celebs, both from the sporting and film industries, are now entering this arena.

Among these are soccer stars Neymar Jr, Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, all of whom are sponsored by online casino gaming companies, with Neymar even indulging in the game itself. Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović is also backed by a company that hosts online games and live dealer casino games.

BetMGM, home to a myriad of live dealer casino games and online slots options, uses the star power of Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as the face of its app and online platform.

A world of entertainment, in the palm of your hand

If you prefer to entertain yourself in the comfort of your own home, then BetMGM is the online place to be. Chock-a-block full of digital slots action and blackjack online casinos, BetMGM has been created to meet the expectations of gamblers from all walks of life.

With its simple registration process and easy-to-use interface, you’ll soon be enjoying the thrills and spills of high stakes casino games, online casino slots and more, from wherever you are.

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