Sue, a Korean Blackjack dealer at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. Prospective Blackjack dealers have to spend, on average, 4-6 weeks training in a dealing school before they get the chance to be employed by a casino where they will usually receive further in-house training. A Blackjack dealer has to be the third disinterested party, they're not on the house's side nor the customer's side but they need to be able to keep the game interesting and moving at a good pace whilst fielding questions from the customers and being aware that their are by scrutinised by the Casino's security department. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino was established in 1941 and is the oldest continually run and operated Casino in Las Vegas. Posing the simple question to their subjects: 'What does Las Vegas mean to you?' photographers Adam Patterson and Greg Funnell collaborated on a project that sought to discover if the American Dream was still a plausible notion. They choose Las Vegas as their microcosm as there they found the extremes of western capitalism. It is a 24 hour city that sees 150,000 people pass through its airport every day on their way to sample its proffered pleasures: gaming, entertainment and hospitality. However, in contrast to its bright lights there exists a shadow city that is the ninth most dangerous in America (31st largest by population) and has had the country's highest unemployment rates since 2008. With this in mind the two photographers asked: 'Does America still dare to hope?'