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Vegas Cautious About Reality TV

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 29th September 2004 3:41pm
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From its June debut up to the final episode of the Fox network reality show "The Casino" last month, the Golden Nugget experienced an increase in business and the kind of publicity that can't be bought.

But the display of excess has also served as a cautionary tale for other properties aiming to capitalize on the popularity of Las Vegas casino culture and the reality show craze.

The show -- which Golden Nugget reps say was largely crafted around creative editing rather than real-life drama -- had area public relations executives and casino operators shaking their heads. Locals called it sleazy and not in tune with the owners' purported image of the property as a classic Vegas hangout on the upswing.

Some unflattering episodes showed grumbling players chasing their losses, a disgruntled wedding party and women who looked suspiciously like strippers. In an early episode, a gambler lured an attractive woman to his hotel room who turned out to be a man.



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