The Real World: Las Vegas (2002 – 2003) is everything you might expect from an MTV reality show.
The synopsis is pretty simple and anyone who has watched a “Big Brother” type of show is familiar with it. The Real World has been around for many years, but I was never really interested in the show until they did a Las Vegas version. As a gambler who has stayed in that very same hotel and casino where they have filmed the show, I was particularly interested in seeing how things play out. As you may expect from MTV, just about all the cast members are young and beautiful, but this was the first season when everybody was over 21 years of age. That is because the owner of the hotel specifically asked the producers for that.
To make a long story short, MTV got seven people to live in a Palms Casino Hotel penthouse suite for a few months. The cast members are usually assigned tasks that they have to complete in order to be allowed to remain in the show. So, at first glance, it’s just your average Big Brother show. However, the fact that it happened in Vegas makes it a little bit special, at least for me. Las Vegas is the Heaven of gambling, and I am a man who, let’s say, doesn’t shy away from the slots. When the show first aired, I was only 22 years old and I had started to gamble in Vegas for about a year.
I live relatively close, so it’s not a problem for me to travel to the famous Vegas strip on a regular basis. At least that’s the way things are now. Back then, I took only one trip to the city, but fell in love with it and all things gambling. So the show gave me the chance to revisit those awesome places in the hope that I would soon travel there again. I should probably also mention that the show also has a very strong sexual tendency. Couples form all the time and you can imagine what goes on in there. As a 22 year old, I must admit that that side also appealed to me at the time.
However, in 2011 they actually made a reunion show because the original Vegas season was so popular, and the sexual side did not distract me as much anymore.
But I realized that the thing I liked most about the series is that it showed how life in Las Vegas can be one big party. Having been there so many times, I can testify that, if you do things right, that is exactly the case. The city is packed with luxurious casino & hotel complexes where you can always find some show or other means to have fun. You also don’t need to look too much if you are looking for interesting people with an open mind. The show proves the fact that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.