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Where is this show filmed at? - What Casino?

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    we87

    [1]Feb 9, 2007
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    When the first episodes started to air on TV, some buddys of mine told me that this show was filmed at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas.

    However, now I can tell that the entire set is different from the first season. So this makes me wonder if it is even shot in a live casino at all, or is it all a set. It would make more sense to be a set but I dunno....

    So my question is: Does anybody know where Las Vegas is shot/filmed at? Was it ever in a casino at all? And thru the opening sequences, where is the fake "Montecito" building supposed to be?

    Thanks in advance for any information. I'd greatly appreciate it

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    CTUBauer24

    [2]Feb 9, 2007
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    IN L.A. The first episode was film at Mandalay Bay. Then they rebuilt it on a set then the built a new set for season 3. Hope that helps.
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    sypher_nl

    [3]Feb 10, 2007
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    I've heard that nothing is really show in any casino at all. Just a rebuilt stage..

    There was a behind the scenes somewhere, i guess it was at tv.com  
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    we87

    [4]Feb 10, 2007
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    Cool, thanks guys!
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    Benjamin_G

    [5]Feb 12, 2007
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    On the DVD's of season one, there is a "behind the scenes" secrtion, that says that they shot the pilot at the Mandalay Bay, and then when NBC officially said like, "yeah, people liked it, we want more" They got money and built a set, but because the pilot was at Mandalay Bay, they pretty much had to "re-build" that casino. But at the end of season two, they blew up the old casino, and built an entirely new set, which is meant to be the biggest set for a TV show EVER!

    The location within vegas of the Montecito changes per season. In season 1, It is located on the south end of the srtrip, airport side, near Mandalay Bay. but the location within the land that the montecito is on changes alightly within episodes and the season. Other shots show the montecito about half a mile from Mandalay Bay. And some shots show the montecito to be somewhere in the middle of the strip.

    In Season 3, Ed Deline's office appears to be in the middle of the
    strip, overlooking Harrah's, Caesar's Palace, the Mirage, and the
    Venetian, which puts the Montecito near where Treasure Island is
    located. This is inconsistent with the flyover shots of the Montecito,
    which would place Ed's office over 2 miles away. Closer examination of
    the window scene shows that the Mirage's marquee over their driveway
    has been edited to read "Montecito"

    But... in season 4... and i think 3... the intrior shots show it to be where Treasure Island is. But the exterior shows it to be at the southern end of the strip.. I think...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_(TV_series)#Location

    theres more there...
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    pgsuperfan

    [6]Feb 17, 2007
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    Interesting question
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    bgactor2005

    [7]Mar 12, 2007
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    In S1 when Danny would visit Mike out by Valet Parking they initially shot some of those exteriors here in LA. To be more specific they used the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point for scenes with valet parking and the lobby. The coffee shop was used as a "Topless Pancake Shop" that Ed Deline was meeting a client in. No kidding. And same for the pool area.
    After a couple of episodes and tired of driving 60 miles from their stages all the way into Orange County the production moved those valet scenes to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Santa Monica. If you noticed most of the shots were really tight focus and when they went wide to show the hotel you were seeing a bluescreen effect.

    After Mike decided to join Danny fulltime on the security team they changed stages to Culver Studios just down the street from Sony in Culver City. This is also where Deal or No Deal has a stage plus many other TV shows.

    Production SAVES loads of money when they don't go on location and especially to a real casino. Around LA there are plenty of small casinos including Hollywood Park, Bicycle Club, Commerce Casino, and my fave The Hustler Casino but those are busy all the time and hard to shoot in.

    Another note about this show. ALL of the extras playing casino guests are cast from anyone "hot and good looking" between the ages of 18-26. If you notice there is NEVER any old geezers in Hawaiian shirts and flip flops like you'd see in any old LV casino.
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