In the gamut of unscripted shows that attempt to get behind the scenes at casinos, “Caesars 24/7” feels the most honest — a pure collection of highlights with no forced hands. If the pilot is trying to attract business to one of Las Vegas’ longest-running properties, it’s subliminal; the emphasis is on the stories.
Series introduces casino workers — a blackjack dealer, a bartender, a security guard, “the grape goddess” — and the aud sees what they see. The pit boss watches a roulette player go from 60 grand down to even and back down again over a 12-hour stay at the table. The player, a single mom and singer who can’t remember all the words to her latest dance single, is engaging, but clearly troubled — the sort who needs to be told when to stop.
The grape goddess hands out frozen grapes at the pool, gets hit on and watches guys try to hook up with girls. The bartender and the blackjack dealer watch similar scenes play out, though it’s only at the tables that it gets funny.
Opening seg’s highlight comes on a payout. A man who has been told by doctors that he has only a few months to live — several times — hits it big on high-roller slots and then again on a poker machine. Beyond the cash, the slots queen (their term) gets him set up in a 9,000-square-foot suite that looks divine. For once, TV provides a glimpse into luxury with no screaming voiceover and captures an unlikely couple enjoying their spoils.
Pilot has a number of plot lines, nothing too deep or dramatic, which adds to the show’s realism. A brawl between two women, which leads to a trip to security’s HQ, is more pitiful than comical or heart-wrenching.
Production values run from surveillance camera to TV news quality.