Small-screen gambling: The 7 greatest TV casino moments
Head to the small screen with our definitive list of TV gambling moments. Crazy gangsters, comedy classics, and The Simpsons all feature in the seven best television casino scenes.
Television history is littered with classic casino and gambling moments, and we don't just mean a lucky contestant hitting the big one on Wheel of Fortune or The Price is Right.
Over the years, The Simpsons, South Park, and Friends have highlighted the funny, peculiar and downright bizarre world of casino gambling in all its glory.
Of course, being a savvy online casino player, you've never found yourself in one of these situations. Right?
1 - 'Once something has been approved by the government it's no longer immoral' - The Simpsons (1993)
In the classic episode, '$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)’, the residents of Springfield go into meltdown when a casino is approved for the town.
As a satire on Las Vegas, the episode is one of the best things on the net, if only for Gunter and Ernst's smoking tigers (apologies, Siegfried & Roy).
And of course, even Bart Simpson gets in on the act by opening his own treehouse casino complete with Milhouse the Magician.
2 - 'Your credit's good with me' - Boardwalk Empire (2010)
The HBO series based on the origins of Atlantic City featured plenty of classic poker and gambling scenes, with most of them featured real-life characters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and gangster and gambler, Arnold Rothstein (played in unhinged glory by Michael Stuhlbarg).
After cleaning out Nucky Thompson's small casino, Rothstein is in the mood for more. But Nucky's not having any of it. "Your credit's good for me," is the best ever line delivered to a casino.
Give that one a try when you're next on a roll in your local casino.
3 - 'We can save the town and be super-rich! Let it ride!' - South Park (2003)
Let's be honest, South Park has never pulled any punches when facing up to anything. And if you've played the classic online slots game you'll know a lot of the toilet humour has been preserved for casino fans.
Native American casinos get the full Trey Poker/Matt Stone treatment in Season 7's 'Red Man's Greed'.
After a group of Native American casino owners buy up the town to build a highway connecting another property, South Park's residents have 24 hours to raise the $300,000 needed to save the town.
This being South Park, things aren't that simple, of course. The grown-ups win the money and then lose it, before all coming down with SARS from infected blankets. Of course they do.
4 - 'May I impose upon the House's good nature?' - Boardwalk Empire (2013)
There's still room for another Boardwalk Empire episode, and how about this poker classic from Season 4?
Arnold Rothstein appears again, this time losing a fortune at the five-card draw tables.
The hit HBO show featured many real-life historical gangsters, and Meyer Lansky makes an appearance here, too.
After asking for a $200,000 marker from the casino, the cool Rothstein moves all in with nothing. Nucky Thompson calls with a queen-high flush in his own casino.
The session continues until dawn until Rothstein finally calls it a night.
5 - 'I am no longer your boss. Lady Fortune is your boss!' - The Office (2006)
The US version of the hit British sitcom has given a lot more mileage out of the dull paper merchant and its ridiculous boss.
The season two finale was given the 'super size' treatment as Michael Scott (Steve Carell) organises a charity casino bash in the warehouse at Dunder Mifflin.
Carell would later win awards for his end-of-season tie-up. And as the embarrassing Michael Scott, Carell is as painful to watch as ever.
"Will Lady Fortune give me a raise?"
6 - 'It was my quarter! It was my quarter!' - Friends (1999)
In 'The One in Vegas', the season five finale of the hit comedy series, Monica and Chandler head out to Sin City for their anniversary but make the disastrous decision to bring Phoebe along for the ride.
The comic touches, of course, come from Joey, who is working as a gladiator in one of the casinos, and Phoebe, who manages to shake off a creepy slots "lurker".
7 - 'Your family heirloom is totally bent' - Hustle (2011)
In 'Clearance From a Deal', from series seven of this Brit con-man drama, an infamous casino owner and Marcus Wendell (Michael Brandon) are in town from the US.
Can Mickey Stone and his team of grifters beat the house when they know the roulette wheel is biased?
Little does he know, but Wendell's wheel was fixed many years ago by his own family.