Casinos have been around for centuries. The mystery, the taboo, the money, the adrenaline and whatever you associate with casinos are exactly what makes them so attractive. For men. Because whether you like it or not, casinos have a predominantly male connotation.
Probably as long as mankind has existed, people have gambled. From betting with sheep's bones to the tokens that now easily change hands in casinos, the hunt for a big win is of all times. Just like the real hunt, this form of entertainment offers the man a chance to prove how capable and fearless he can be. No wonder that all traditional casino games were mainly devised and developed by men. French roulette, for example, was formulated and developed under the leadership of men such as Blaise Pascal in the 1600s and Louis Blanc in the 1800s.
James and Al
In the 1800s and throughout most of the 1900s, the idea that casinos were primarily male arenas became widespread. Casinos of the time conjure up images of sophisticated gentlemen playing games with class and distinction, sometimes accompanied by a beautiful lady who looks on without getting involved. James Bond films often show such scenes, especially in the older ones.
Then there are the dangerous, and possibly illegal, casino and gambling activities in which shady characters are involved. In the 1920s, Chicago mafia boss Al Capone and his cronies ran the casinos. Illegal drinks flowed freely and Mafia money was laundered there. The film Casino by Martin Scorsese illustrates perfectly how the Mafia infiltrated Las Vegas casinos.
I was so good that whenever I bet, I could change the odds for every bookmaker in the country.
– Robert De Niro as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein in Casino
Whether it is the friendly gentleman of earlier generations strolling the casino floor, or the smoky poker room frequented by shady characters looking to make money, casinos seem to be a man's business. Not only in real life, but also in films. Do all these rulers imagine themselves to be James Bond or Al Capone for an evening?
Imagine an evening of Bond
Try it out for yourself with an evening 'among boys' at Casino VIAGE. Experience a unique form of pub crawl through our entertainment complex. In the VIAGE Grill restaurant you will find a first-class steak with handmade fries to top it off. The drinks menu at the Cinna bar does not only include cocktails. Wine, beer, gin, vodka, whisky, cognac, there is something for everyone. And top of the bill, of course, is the casino section where you can liven up the evening with some real casino games. To get into character, be it as Bond or as a gangster, ask our staff about our range of cigars.
At VIAGE you are never alone. You can be pretty sure that you will meet another group of men who are having a great time.