The popularity of reality television, “Las Vegas” and gambling will merge this summer when Fox television premieres “The Casino.” Mark Burnett, the creative force behind “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” will show a 24/7, behind-the-scenes look at the real-life drama unfolding at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. America will watch as the new owners, Thomas Breitling and Timothy Poster, fulfill their dream of restoring the newly renovated hotel and casino to its “Rat Pack” glory days.
Viewers will also see a lot of Brietling’s “Executive Dog,” Bally. The 9-year-old Rottweiller makes herself at home all over the Golden Nugget, often roaming through the plush white-carpeted rooms, or playing in the executive dog run – a patch of gold grass located on the roof. Her name comes from a variety of sources. Brietling had just returned from a vacation in Bali, one of his favorite places on earth, when he first discovered the dog was always chewing on his Bally briefcase. Combine that with Bally’s Casino, one of his major casino competitors, and the choice seemed obvious.
Bally can often be found warming up Brietling’s bed, leaving little room for him. He never minds it when she sleeps over at Timothy Poster’s place. Bally is very protective of these two men in her life, often providing some heavy artillery during their negotiations! Like most Rottweillers though, Bally’s bark is worse than her bite and she is actually a very friendly dog to the inhabitants and guests at the Golden Nugget.
Breitling and Poster are long-time business partners and old college friends. Tapping into the growing online travel industry, they co-founded Travelscape.com in 1998 and successfully propelled the company’s sales to over $100 million. After selling their company to Expedia, Inc., they purchased the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, making them the youngest casino owners in Las Vegas.
With Las Vegas as its backdrop, the reality series will explore the personal dramas of the owners, guests and employees in the world of high-stakes gambling. Camera crews follow participants throughout the casino floor, into hotel rooms, restaurants and onto the streets, but the stories will revolve around a gaming pit specifically cordoned off for the show. The show is structured like a one-hour drama, with each episode featuring different characters and complete stories.
The owners are hoping to showcase the cool, hip Las Vegas lifestyle to viewers and perhaps entice them to visit “Sin City.” With their dedication, passion and vision, they are bound to find success at their beloved downtown casino.