Tracy Letts and Carrie Coon hardly need introductions, but just in case, here they are: He’s one of America’s best living playwrights, the Pulitzer-winning author of August: Osage County, Killer Joe, and Bug, as well as the play Superior Donuts (the basis for the excellent but short-lived CBS series). He’s also acted in everything from Homeland to Lady Bird, as well as recent films like Ford V. Ferrari and Little Women. Carrie Coon has quickly amassed a great deal of acclaim as an actor, appearing in award-winning film and television favorites from Gone Girl to The Leftovers. To top it off, last year The A.V. Club named her our actor of the decade.
The two of them are also married, and they’re currently socially isolating like the rest of us to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus. So we reached out to see if they’d be willing to program one of our 24-hour movie marathons for those cooped up inside, and they were more than happy to oblige: Letts assembled the films and chose the start time, and the two of them got on the phone to talk to us about watching movies together, how great it is to be on earth at the same time as John Waters, and how Letts might have a small problem when it comes to collecting Blu-rays.
11 a.m.: The Magician (1958)
The A.V. Club: This is one of Ingmar Bergman’s more accessible films. What made you want to start with this one?
Tracy Letts: Well, I think you’re at 11 o’clock in the morning. You’ve had your coffee. You’re awake. You’re ready to start your day. And you’ve got all of your faculties. You can pay attention—and it helps to pay attention when you’re watching Bergman. And you know, Max von Sydow just died. He’s so great in that movie. I’m a big Bergman fan, and this is a serious movie, but it’s not overpowering. It’s not, “Oh, I have to go take my medicine.”
Carrie Coon: Yeah, it’s not vegetables.
AVC: I think a lot of Bergman fans would agree it’s one of his more “entertaining”—was that how you first encountered it?
TL: I think so, and even though it has some weight to it—as all Bergman does—there’s also a fun mystery element to it. So both metaphysics and mystery. I don’t know, it’s more fun than some others.
1 p.m.: It’s A Gift (1934)
TL: I’m a big W.C. Fields fan. I think it’s maybe the best feature-length Fields movie. It has great set pieces in it, and you know, you’re not going to follow Bergman up with something else serious—or even an attempt of seriousness—so you need a little something to cleanse the palate. And it’s short. It’s only, like, an hour and eight minutes long, so it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Now, I have to tell you that we’ve watched a few W.C. Fields movies. My wife and I sit there, and I laugh my ass off.
CC: He laughs so hard.
TL: And she just sits there, stone-faced. And I finally got to the point where I was like, “Enough. I can’t do it anymore. It’s too depressing for me to put this on and have you not laugh at it.” So I guess we’ll have to wait until my son is old enough to appreciate it.
CC: I’m a tough laugh!
AVC: Is it just you’re not as big a fan of old-school vaudeville comedy, or…?
CC: I find the physical comedy that’s repetitive, less entertaining than a good intellectual joke.
TL: She doesn’t laugh at anything.
CC: Hey, that’s a good quality in a playwright’s wife!
TL: She also doesn’t cry. I have to say, I sit and laugh and weep during all these movies, and my wife just sits there.
CC: I save it for my work. I have to cry all the time at work.
2:30 p.m.: Contempt (1963)
TL: Contempt, oh, it’s just so great. It’s so engaging. I think when people hear the name Godard, they think it’s gonna be impenetrable. There’s nothing impenetrable about Contempt. It’s very accessible and very watchable. [Brigitte] Bardot and Jack Palance, the acting is fantastic, and it’s really not like any other movie that I could dig up. That long scene between the couple at the beginning, which is essentially the end of their relationship, it’s just one of the best end-of-relationship scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. It’s upsetting, but it’s real. I can identify.
AVC: Were you a big French New Wave guy in your youth?
TL: Yes. Still am. I love all that stuff. [Claude] Chabrol is considered one of the lesser lights of that movement. But we will watch some Chabrol in this house.
CC: There’s no Chabrol on this list.
TL: Well, it’s not a best-of list. I think if anything, we were trying to just capture, like, “Here’s a very eclectic way of approaching it.” You know, when I pick out a movie for me and Carrie to watch—and I do pick out the movies, she completely abdicates that responsibility—that’s the chief concern of mine. How do I mix it up from the thing we watched before? How do I just keep it interesting for the next night.
CC: He’s so conscious of when we haven’t had a leading lady in a film for a long time. [Laughs.]
TL: Well, you know, we’ve got a lot of movies in the collection, and you start looking over them and you realize just how many of them are male-centric and how many of the movies I grew up watching are male-centric. And as soon as you become conscious of that and you’re picking out movies for your wife to watch, you just can’t choose The Wild Bunch every night. It’s not going to work out. [Laughs.].
CC: And Tracy’s selection, it’s so diversified that just about any topic we can think of, we have downstairs.
AVC: Are you an obsessive collector type?
TL: I am. I—
CC: Oh, Alex.
TL: [Laughs.] I’m a bit obsessive. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, because it’s gotten so—I mean, we’ll never watch them all in my lifetime.
CC: They arrive at the house every day.
TL: Well, not every day.
CC: Almost every day.
4:30 p.m.: The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
AVC: Speaking of very male-centric stories. But it’s also Elaine May at the top of her game.
TL: It is Elaine May at the top of her game. And It’s written by Neil Simon. People don’t think of it as a Simon piece, because it’s so… It’s just acid. It’s so dark. It’s such a dark little tale. But Elaine May’s a goddamn genius, and she really gets that guy. And that’s one of the things that makes it painful and excruciating to watch because, like, yeah—unfortunately, I get it.
AVC: It was also critically acclaimed, even at the time, which is so rare for a comedy.
TL: And yet at the same time kind of overlooked in a lot of ways. When you talk about the great comedies, you don’t often hear Heartbreak Kid thrown out there. But I think it’s… I think [Charles] Grodin is fantastic. And Jeannie Berlin is fantastic in it. And it’s just a great, horrible movie.
AVC: I like that you chose this right after Contempt, because it gives this great leap from a very Euro mood to a very deeply, weirdly American vibe.
TL: When we’re curating our 24-hour movie marathon, these are the kinds of things you have to keep in mind.
6:30 p.m.: To Sleep With Anger (1990)
TL: We just watched that the other night.
CC: I had not seen it before.
TL: Gosh, what a great movie.
CC: Another deeply American film.
TL: It’s just a really great movie. I really love the the way it… There’s a mystical element to that, too. There’s a little bit of an element of supernatural to that as well.
CC: There’s a lightheartedness about the film that I appreciated.
TL: It’s a portrait of people in a time and place that, frankly, is not a world we [as white people] often get to look into. So often when we see work from Black artists, what gets commodified for white audiences are stories of trauma. And [Charles] Burnett is great at showing the lives of these people in all its middle-class banality. It’s a great window into his world. I love it.
AVC: As soon as I saw it on your list, I wondered if Burnett was actually an influence on your own work.
TL: Probably everything is an influence on my own work, but I consider that a great compliment, because he’s a great artist.
8:30 p.m.: The Devils (1971)
CC: So good.
TL: For my money, it’s one of the best movies ever made.
CC: The acting is phenomenal. Aesthetically…
TL: This is a Derek Jarman production design, and the performances—Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave. And it’s so rare for anything to hit all of its targets. But in terms of what it’s saying about the way we conduct our politics in the world today… For a movie that’s set hundreds of years ago, I think it just hits every target it goes for. It’s a terrifying movie.
CC: And it’s your main feature.
TL: Yeah. I put it in my prime-time slot.
AVC: It’s one of those films where you couldn’t get a quality copy of it for so long. How did you first see it?
TL: I had seen it on television years before—but you know, we are region-free down in our viewing space, meaning we’re able to play discs not only from the U.S., but also from the U.K. And there’s actually a very good BFI disc of The Devils. I think recently Criterion Channel had it in their rotation. I don’t know if it’s still in their rotation, but I would assume that the Criterion Channel had a pretty good-looking copy of it.
AVC: Vanessa Redgrave’s performance is one of the most memorable onscreen performances I think I’ve ever seen.
CC: I think about her physicality in that film every time I’m doing something poorly. [All laugh.] I mean acting—
TL: You mean as opposed to when you’re cooking beans or something.
CC: Right. [Laughs.] Yeah, so unspecific.
10:30 p.m.: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
TL: You’ll note [the 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.] movies—both from the U.K. and both 1971. So, yes, we stay in the same country in the same year. Well, after The Devils—which let’s face it, is ultimately a pretty serious film—you’ve got to mix it up a little. And Abominable Doctor Phibes… I’m a big Vincent Price fan. I love him. I have such affection for him. I find him a very generous performer in that the kinds of parts he’s asked to play, he does it in a way that scares the kids, but also has a wink to the adults. And he completely throws himself into it but also doesn’t take himself too seriously. When I see guys like this, or Peter Cushing in movies, there’s something about the generosity of spirit in the way they approach the movie that I really love. And The Abominable Dr. Phibes is so weird! [Laughs.] It’s so weird and hilarious. And in fact, for a while when we were pregnant with Haskell—well, I wasn’t pregnant, my wife was pregnant—when she was pregnant with Haskell, and we were kicking around baby names, if the baby had been a girl, Vulnavia [the name of Price’s character’s assistant —Ed.] was under consideration.
CC: For you. [Laughs.]
TL: [Laughs.] We talked about it. It was on the list.
CC: I’m sure I vetoed it immediately.
TL: I think it’s got a nice ring to it.
CC: That sounds like a body part.
AVC: Are you a fan of the sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again?
TL: It’s not as good. I mean, for me, it’s kind of a toss-up between Doctor Phibes and Theater Of Blood, which is a great Price movie. And especially for actors, Theater Of Blood—about an actor who’s killing off all the critics—has this special poignancy for me. I certainly cheer for the bad guy. Theater Of Blood—great fun.
CC: [Teasing.] Critics love me, so I can’t relate to this. [Laughs.]
TL: So but eventually I settled on Doctor Phibes just because of it’s weird—
CC: You were so excited to show me it.
AVC: Carrie, does he do the thing I do with my significant other when I’m excited to show them something where you look over and he’s continually watching your reaction and being like, “Eh? Eh?”
CC: In fact, when we were watching W.C. Fields the other night, he said he claims he wasn’t going to laugh. He was just going to be silent and wait until I laughed. And he lasted about 30 seconds.
TL: I lasted a bit longer than that. But it was a good experiment because I realized I’m not laughing to prompt her laughter. I really can’t help but laugh. I find it genuinely funny and I have to laugh.
CC: But yes, he is often facing me, at least the first time I see it.
Midnight: Fat Girl (2001)
AVC: This is your only selection from this century. Why did it make the cut?
TL: I like… what’s the word? Provocations. And Fat Girl is definitely a movie that provokes response and thoughtfulness. She’s such a personal filmmaker. It’s such a personal vision. And you never forget it after you’ve seen it. I mean, the ending of Fat Girl is so shocking.
CC: I did not see that coming.
TL: Upsetting. And yet also inevitable. I mean, that’s what you always look for as a writer. You always hope that you can both take people by surprise and at the same time they realize, “Oh, that was coming the whole way.” And I think that that’s the case with Fat Girl. It’s very, very carefully designed in that way. And again, very personal, so it’s not a movie that could be made by a man. And the point of view of Fat Girl is so distinctly feminine. So for me, it is again, a look in on somebody else. Somebody who’s not me. And so I value it for that reason. Carrie had not seen it before. We watched it just the other night, and I think you liked it.
CC: I loved it. I think it was so psychologically complex. And I think you’re right about the inevitability of that ending. As shocking as it is, as you say, it really couldn’t end any other way. She’s really fascinating, and I look forward to consuming more [Catherine] Breillat.
AVC: I can see why you didn’t start with this one, because that would be a hard way to start off a marathon.
TL: Yeah, that would be a bit of a punch in the stomach to start a movie marathon.
CC: How do we recover?
TL: I think at midnight it’ll keep you awake and interested in the next thing.
1:30 a.m.: Multiple Maniacs (1970)
AVC: John Waters’ second film, and arguably his most grotesque.
TL: I love John Waters. I think he’s a great filmmaker. And I’m really glad that I have been on the planet at the same time as John Waters. And Multiple Maniacs is… It’s just hard to describe. Carrie hasn’t seen it. We’ve not watched Multiple Maniacs. We will. So without giving anything away, I’ll simply say that the appearance of the giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs is one of the most jaw-dropping, unexpected, hilarious moments I’ve ever seen in a movie. You’ve just never seen anything quite like it. My god. My hair stands on end thinking about the giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs.
AVC: Even for a John Waters fan, that’s a movie where if you’re going to sit and watch it, you really have to be on the right wavelength to enjoy it.
TL: I was about to say I wouldn’t recommend it to just anybody, but I would absolutely recommend it to anybody because I think everybody should have a little taste of Multiple Maniacs. I think everybody would benefit. Movies like that, they really have a way of shifting your whole perception. You can watch a film like Multiple Maniacs, and then when you leave the theater or you’re done watching it, things look a little different to you. Like, wow. Eraserhead had the same effect on me, where it altered my mood and my relationship to two other things in the world. But I mean, isn’t that what art is supposed to do? That’s why I think Waters is a great artist. I love it. That’s why I’m such a fan.
AVC: Like The Devils, this was one that was out of print in the States for a long time, until 2017 when it was finally reissued. Had you seen it prior?
TL: I first saw Multiple Maniacs in a midnight showing, but Criterion’s just come out with the pristine Blu-ray of it. And it’s fantastic.
3 a.m.: Light Sleeper (1992)
TL: I have to say, there’s a cult of Light Sleeper fans. I mean, I love Paul Schrader. I’m a fan. I love that last movie with Ethan Hawke [First Reformed —Ed.] I love Blue Collar. I love, oh, what’s the one with Greg Kinnear? The Bob Crane story. The title is allusive to that film. [Autofocus —Ed.] Anyway, I love Paul Schrader, but the cult of Light Sleeper is about five people deep. [Laughs.] There’s only about five of us that I’ve found in the world to belong to this cult.
First of all, I like the idea of putting on a movie about an insomniac at 3 a.m. But there’s something so moody… You know, it is Taxi Driver. It’s kind of the same story. You could lay those movies on top of each other and find that they tell kind of the same story: the guy who’s disenfranchised. He’s keeping this journal, and he doesn’t like what he’s seeing in the world, and he doesn’t understand his relationship to the world, and he’s involved in this criminal activity, but he’s a hero of his own story. And yet I find it kind of quietly profound. And I watched it again recently. I think I showed it to Carrie. And I was delighted to see Sam Rockwell playing a small part in the movie. I know Sam a little bit from New York theater and stuff. And so I got a chance to see him shortly after we watched the movie. And I said, “I didn’t realize you were in Light Sleeper.” It was before Sam was any kind of a star, but he’s very proud of his appearance in that movie. And he’s very aware that Light Sleeper has a very, very small cult. And he was delighted to know I was part of it.
AVC: Is he part of the cult?
TL: I think he is. Yes.,I consider him one of the five members.
AVC: Also, if you’re putting together a list of best Willem Dafoe performances, I think that’s got to be one of the top.
TL: Oh, it’s at or near the top for me. I think it’s a great performance. He’s so believable. I just completely buy him, that guy that, you know, underneath the… Is that a real—I guess that’s a real profession. You know, just kind of drug dealer delivery service. I mean, of course, it’s a real profession, but I’ve been sober a long time [Laughs.], so I guess I haven’t had any contact, so those people lost my number.
5 a.m.: Chungking Express (1994)
TL: It’s one of the first movies I showed Carrie, and one of the things she’s liked best that I showed her.
CC: I love that film. I don’t know if I can say specifically why. I guess the quirkiness of Wong Kar-wai’s filmmaking I find really charming and profound. The people feel real in a way, because their behavior is unusual.
TL: But there is also that… certainly not strict realism. There’s a kind of magical realism to it or something. I’m not sure of the specific genre, but it’s fun. It’s transporting.
CC: And it has a sense of humor, and I love that about it. Things feel so unrealistic when they don’t have a sense of humor, so even the most magical realism film feels more grounded in reality to me when it has a sense of humor.
AVC: I think there’s an entire generation of high school kids who were introduced to Wong Kar-wai through this film. I remember when it came out on video in America, it was the first movie at Blockbuster that had a “Quentin Tarantino presents” on the cover. And Tarantino was so iconic and influential at the time that just about every high school kid in America who fancied themselves into cool movies rented it because of his endorsement.
CC: Isn’t that funny? And [discussing it] now, in the year when Parasite won everything. When people finally found their way to Bong Joon-ho as a sort of mainstream filmmaker.
TL: And Tarantino, however you feel about him as a filmmaker—and god knows, there’s a whole range of reactions to him—the things he’s done for awareness of international cinema. A lot of cinema we wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.
7 a.m.: Wake In Fright (1971)
AVC: I find this is a really difficult movie to explain to people. I remember walking out of it feeling like it had been an outback fever dream.
TL: That’s the perfect way to describe it—it is an outback fever dream. And in fact, as you pointed out, a few of the movies coming into the homestretch here in the movie marathon are kind of a fever-dream plot, because if you’ve stayed awake 24 hours watching movies, you might be experiencing a fever dream. And Wake In Fright, for us, felt like a bit of a discovery. It was a blindside for me. I knew nothing about the movie. You know, there were certain movies that played at the repertory cinema—we used to have repertory cinemas—but they would play some of these movies. And there was a real rotation of films like King Of Hearts and John Waters movies, and a lot of them would play at those cinemas. Wake In Fright was not one of those movies. I don’t ever remember hearing anything about it until somebody dug it out of the archives a few years ago. And I guess it got a rerelease, probably at the Music Box [in Chicago—Ed.] or somewhere like that. And then it showed up on Blu-ray, and I bought a copy of it blind, and we watched it. And yeah, we were transported by it. It really stuck with us.
CC: Normally, I lack any kind of recall—which is what makes me the perfect wife, because we can watch movies over and over again for decades, and I won’t remember them. But I have distinct flashes of imagery from that film, which is very unusual for me. Tracy has amazing recall. In fact, you recognize all these older gentleman from your childhood who are directors or actors.
TL: When we were on the circuit for Lady Bird a few years ago, we were in a beautiful theater in Santa Barbara, and I recognized Anthony Zerbe, who was a character actor I knew very well as a kid. In fact, he scared the hell out of me in Omega Man when I was a kid. And so I struck up a conversation with him, and I think he was happy that somebody recognized him and remembered him from the old days. He was in a lot of great movies, that guy.
AVC: Between this and The Devils and Multiple Maniacs, you seem to have a fondness for out-of-print, or hard to find, or obscure films that aren’t always easy to access—or at least, didn’t used to be.
TL: I heard that guy—and he’s a guy I normally like, John Hodgman—and I saw a little clip on the internet of him passionately defending The Mandalorian. And he was defending it against, you know, snobs who don’t like that sort of thing. I mean, John Hodgman can like what he likes. I take nothing away from him. But I thought, “Boy, the poor downtrodden people of the Disney organization really need you out there championing their work.” I much prefer the idea that there is some great work out there that through the years kind of slipped through the cracks and it still holds up. It’s great stuff.
No Italian horror made my list, but I’m a big fan of Italian giallos. And one of the great things about it is, I’ve seen a lot of crappy bootleg copies of this stuff, and then eventually somebody rereleases it on Blu-ray, and you watch it and you go, “Oh, it’s really quite beautiful. Somebody worked really hard on this thing.” It may just seem like tossed-off exploitation in the moment it was made. But the truth is, Carrie and I have worked enough now in film and TV to know it takes a lot of people to make something. And when you see something kind of beautiful and unexpected in an Italian horror movie and somebody worked really hard to get the lighting just right, or who did amazing work in the production design, you’d come away from it going, “There were real artists working on that thing.” So, yeah, I love the idea that somebody who never heard of Wake In Fright is going to sit down and maybe watch it and give that thing a chance, because that movie holds up. That’s a strong film.
9 a.m.: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
CC: Having two pop stars come together [David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto —Ed.], but in such a serious film, it feels initially like a stunt, bringing those men together. And yet you have this beautiful, extraordinarily moving film, and they’re both so charismatic and compelling in that movie. That’s another one that I still have very distinctive flashes of the ending. And again, I don’t usually retain anything, especially now that I have a son.
TL: It’s funny, when you watch Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, something about it at first glance looks very traditional and almost Western. You almost feel like you’re watching Bridge On The River Kwai or something like that. But the truth is it’s a Japanese film made by a great Japanese filmmaker, has a Japanese sensibility about it. And the story it tells, of men at war, it kind of doesn’t matter from whose side you tell that story. It’s a very poignant story, ultimately. The thing holds up beautifully. Bowie, for my money, was never better or more magnetic than he is in that film. I was saying that, after he died, so many of the remembrances of his acting life seem to be about The Man Who Fell To Earth or—I’m sorry, I keep forgetting the name of it.
CC: Love it.
TL: But Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence got short shrift. I don’t think he was ever better than he was—or not only better, but his physical beauty and his magnetism, I don’t know that it was ever used more evocatively than it was used in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. And the thing is, the end of the film, it just blows me away. I mean, every time I see it, I’m reduced to… You just have to throw a blanket over me and wheel me out of the theater.
CC: A perfect way to end a movie marathon.
TL: It is the perfect end to a 24-hour movie marathon: covered in a blanket, and reduced to a puddle.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
- Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
- Enjoy the big and beautiful Casino Niagara or ST Eugene Golf Resort
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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision
The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books.
The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health.
Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking.
If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.
1. Gummy Drop
Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game.
With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills.
If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game.
Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger.
3. Ludo Supreme
A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game.
Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones.
There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls.
The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid.
Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms.
The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home.
6. Rocket League
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them.
To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals.
Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this.
Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know.
8. Guess The Word
Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process.
The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.
So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time.