Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum in the original Magic Mike film (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Pictures)
If you’re a fan of casino gaming and happen to be of the female persuasion, then get ready because Channing Tatum might just have made your dreams come true. The Hollywood A-lister and all-around hunk has just announced that he’s taking Magic Mike and his crew of scantily clad dancers to Las Vegas.
According to a report by the LA Times, Tatum is teaming up with BASE Entertainment to produce a new Vegas stage show based on the popular movie. Set to feature a mock-up of the famous Club Domina featured in the movie, the show is mounting a preview run at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in March 2017 before “bringing the heat” later next year.
Mike Bringing the Heat to a New Stage
For those unfamiliar with Tatum’s raunchy role, Mike was a construction worker from Florida by day and a stripper at night. Using his dance moves and physique to send scores of women into a frenzy (both on screen and off screen), Mike was a huge hit. In fact, such was the popularity of the movie that it grossed $167 million worldwide and spawned a 2015 sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
While the stage show is currently scheduled to go down in Vegas next year, a successful run could mean it becomes a staple fixture in other U.S. casinos. Naturally, being the home of Hollywood entertainment, Los Angeles would be the perfect destination for Mike and his boys.
The Commerce Casino is not only one of the largest venues in the United States (It has 200 hotel rooms and 91,694 square feet of gaming space.), but it often hosts major events such as MMA and boxing bouts. Not only that, but a team of male strippers would sit nicely alongside the Playboy gaming lounge which opened in 2014.
So why would someone like Tatum decide to put on a show predominately aimed in an environment usually occupied by men? In short, more women are starting to enjoy casino games such as roulette, blackjack and slots. One of the main reasons for this upturn in female gambling is the Internet.
More Women in Casinos Opens Door for Tatum
According to a study in the UK by NatCen, women under the age of 35 are now “far more likely to gamble” than women of the same age a decade ago. Moreover, between 2011 and 2013, the number of women playing casino games online increased by 44 percent.
Online casino sites not only provide an easily accessible platform for people to play on, but they offer tutorials, variety and low-stakes betting options. This combination makes sites like Smart Live Casino the perfect place for women (or anyone for that matter) to ante-up, try something different and learn some new skills.
The upshot of playing online casino games, including Game of Thrones, Starburst and live dealer roulette, is that women are then more confident when it comes to visiting a live venue. Essentially, online casinos have bridged the gap between sour-faced gamblers and fresh-faced novices looking for a new form of entertainment.
The result has been an increase in the number of women visiting their local casinos, and it’s this fact that Tatum is hoping to capitalize on. Ever since Magic Mike hit movie theaters, fans of men in thongs have been screaming out for more, and this is Tatum’s new way of giving it to them.
With more women now willing to enter a casino, the initial run of shows in Vegas should do well and, all being well, that could mean a tour around the country and a possible stop at the Commerce!