Casino Casino



Bob Mercer (casino owner)

Martin Kemp (series two)


Series 1: Jesse May (commentator), William Byrne (barman), Angel (hostess), Andy Walsh (pit boss), Wuese Houston-Jibo (blackjack), ? (roulette)

Series 2: Victoria Coren (commentator), William Byrne (maitre d'), Wuese Houston-Jibo (blackjack), Tamsin Clarke (roulette), Dino Constantouris (craps), Evelyn Ng (poker), Angel (pit boss), Seli & Selma Mert (bodyguards)


Gag Productions/Talent TV co-production for Challenge, 2003 & 2005


Four would be high-rollers take part in a casino tournament with a potential £20,000 top prize. Each is staked with 20,000 in casino chips (very important lack of currency, here) and they gamble on three hands of Blackjack, five spins on the roulette wheel (with increasing minimum stakes as the game progresses) and finally three more hands of blackjack.

File:Casino casino angel.jpgAngel Angel

Whoever has the most chips after the final hand gets to go to Bob the manager's office for a final wager. These usually were nicely inventive games of luck, prediction and (on occasion) skill. The more chips you finished with, the more you would start the next round with.

File:Casino casino croupiers.jpgCroupiers croupiers. Yes, we're doing this for all of them.

The ultimate winner got to play a final wager with any of the £10,000 they won for being the tourney winner.

File:Casino casino manager.jpgThe the manager manager.

Nicely realised casino setting but television rather limits the amount of different games they could possibly play. Half an hour is about right.

File:Casino casino andy pitboss.jpgPitboss Pitboss Andy Andy Walsh Walsh

Series Two

Series two saw some interesting developments, the show has been expanded to an hour and now includes craps and poker, celebrity poker player Victoria Coren is our new commentator and most importantly the new casino manager is none other than hardman actor and ex-New Romantic popstar Martin Kemp, offering the winner of the tournament $50,000 in... GOLD! Ha ha, of course not, but it is strange having a top prize in dollars (representing the fact that the show has been exported to the US).

File:Casinocasino2 martinbehindchips.jpgHim him off off Spandau Spandau Ballet Ballet. Wish we hadn't started this now.

It's a bit of a mixed-bag really. The card games come out on top but lack the pace of the previous series (and forcing such comparitively large bets on poker at the end feels tremendously cheap). Roulette feels a bit sidelined, and we're of the opinion that craps is too involving a game with too many different bet selections to make for worthwhile television. Martin Kemp is largely tremendous value though and comes across as highly enjoying playing the highly seedy manager.

File:Casinocasino2 setwideshot.jpgA a wide wide shot shot of of... oh, never mind


Simon Goodman, Jerry Glover and Jonathan Webb

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File:Casino casino will barman.jpgVodka Martini. Shaken, not stirred.
File:Casinocasino2 bar.jpgJust enough time for a quick drink.
File:Casinocasino2 dealer.jpgReady to play Mr. Bond?
File:Casinocasino2 roulettecroupier.jpgTable closed.


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