Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1988 black comedy co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. Loosely autobiographical, the plot, such as it is, follows journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) as he drives a bright red Chevrolet convertible across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas to cover the 1971 ‘Mint 400’ off-road motorcycle race for ‘Sports Illustrated’. Duke narrates the story in the first person.

Duke is accompanied by his psychopathic, apparently Samoan, attorney and friend Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro), who shares his liking for drink, drugs and foul language. The duo take the precaution of packing the trunk of the car with a plethora of psychoactive substances – including

adrenochrome, amyl nitrite, diethyl ether, mescaline and LSD, to name but a handful – which they consume with increasing frequency.

Indeed, the original journalistic assignment becomes an afterthought as the protagonists descend into mania during three-day, drug-fuelled binge in the City of Sin. During a series of psychedelic episodes, they demolish a hotel room, run up an eye-watering room service bill and wreck the car. Fleeing the scene, Duke encounters a highway patrol officer (Gary Busey), causing him to return to Las Vegas, where his binge continues with few apparent consequences.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critics’ consensus was, ‘Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development’. Xan Brooks of ‘The Independent’ wrote, ‘Incident, caricature and lurid Seventies fashions are substituted for plot and character, and the film soon descends into narcotic lunacy. The one stand-out is Johnny Depp, who brings Hunter S Thompson to bald-headed, pigeon-toed life.’

Bust the Bank Slot by Microgaming


Featuring cartoon-style graphics and entertaining gameplay along with numerous bonuses, this Microgaming slot is one that you’ll want to play wherever you go.


243 ways to win are available on the Bust the Bank, which features cops, robbers, white security vans and dogs. Similar casino games by other game providers also have this cops and robbers theme, but this one is incredibly fun.

There are several coin sizes available, ranging from 0.01 to 1.00, and one to ten coins can be played per line. Bust the Bank Slot has two feature symbols – the logo which is the wild symbol and the bomb which is the scatter symbol. There are three bonus games also available, including the exciting Free Spins and a Safe bonus rounds.

Bonus Features

To trigger the Free Spins bonus game, you need three or more of the Bomb symbols on the reels. In addition to the 8 extra spins that trigger from the bombs, reels 1 and 5 will also become wild. You can’t retrigger any more free spins while in the bonus game though.

For the Safe Bonus game to activate, you must land a single Safe symbol on reels 1 or 5. There is the possibility of winning up to six prizes on a single spin in this game. A random bonus prize can be won when the Safe opens. A 2x multiplier is applied to any bonus win caused by coins falling from the Safe. When you get one Piggy symbol on reel 3, you’ll win random cash prizes in the Piggy Bank Bonus.

Jackpots can be won in this game in several ways. If five Robber symbols appear on the reels or five scatter symbols appear on any active payline, you will win. It gives the same jackpot of 15 000 coins, which can be multiplied by the Safe Bonus to reach 30 000 coins.

Two For The Money

Released in 2005, Two For The Money is a drama directed by Daniel John ‘D.J.’ Caruso and starring

Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino and Rene Russo. Former college football star Brandon Lang (McConaughey) suffers a career-ending knee injury and is reduced to handicapping football matches. However, his in-depth knowledge of the game stands him in good stead and his success at doing so soon attracts the attention of big-name sports betting consultant, or tout, Walter Abrams (Pacino).

Abrams recruits Lang, with no little success and, with the aid of his wife, Toni (Russo), a hair stylist, transforms him into ‘John Anthony’. Billed as ‘Your Million Dollar Man’, Anthony becomes the star of Abrams’ cable television show, ‘The Sports Advisors’, much to the annoyance of resident expert Jeff Sykes (Jeremy Piven). Lang, though, becomes complacent and his newfound lavish lifestyle does not last long. That lifestyle, of course, goes hand in hand with his ability to pick winners and, having lost his touch, he is physically assaulted by a disgruntled client, C.M. Novian (Armand Assante), and his heavyweight associate while riding his bicycle through Central Park.

The previously amiable, almost paternal, relationship between Abrams and Lang sours. Abrams, who has a weak heart and has a history of addiction, including alcohol and gaming, starts to come unhinged. Toni Abrams, who knows her husband only too well, tells Lang, ‘ You could win a hundred games in a row, but it wouldn’t be enough. He will ride you into the ground. You have to go.’ He takes her advice and is flying home to Las Vegas from New York when his final picks, made by tossing a coin in the bathroom, he claims, both win. He takes a job coaching junior league football.

The Color of Money

Released in 1986, The Color of Money is a sports drama directed by Martin Scorsese, with a screenplay by Richard Price, adapted from the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. It is, in fact, a belated sequel to The Hustler, which was released in 1961, with Paul Newman reprising his role as pool hustler ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson.

Now retired from competition, Felson (Newman) makes a living from selling liquor and by acting as a financial backer, or stakehorse, for other nine-ball pool players. Those players include Julian (John Turturro), who is put firmly in his place by the young, talented and charismatic Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise). Recognising the hustling potential of the new kid on the block, Felson invites Lauria and his girlfriend, Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), on a six-week road trip, culminating in a tournament.

Offering a valuable ‘Balabushka’ pool cue as an incentive, Felson attempts to teach Lauria the tricks of the trade, but is repeatedly frustrated by his unwillingness to play anything other than his best game. Finally, at a pool hall run by an old friend, Orvis (Bill Cobbs), Felson despairs and leaves. On his return, he finds Lauria showboating against the best player in typical fashion, leading to a frank discussion between the pair about what the future holds.

Lauria subsequently manages to lose, but only just, against the celebrated Grady Seasons, as instructed by Felson. At that point, Felson starts playing pool again but, humiliated by a young hustler called Amos (Forest Whitaker), he leaves his travelling companions and takes the Balabushka with him. Felson prepares for the Atlantic City tournament by practising, swimming to improve his fitness and acquiring a pair of corrective spectacles.

In the tournament itself, Felson plays and beats Lauria, only to discover that Lauria deliberately lost, or ‘dumped’, the match. Lauria pays him his ‘cut’ of $8,000 but, unhappy, Felson forfeits his next match and returns the money. With newfound confidence, Felson faces Lauria in a private match for the contents of the envelope and asked why he is sure that he will win, sooner or later, he declares, ‘I’m back!’ as he strikes his break-off shot.