Casinos are places where people play games of chance. They’re not just for the older crowd anymore – younger generations are flocking to casinos with their friends and family. These venues often feature a variety of table and slot games that test both skill and patience. Some, like blackjack and poker, offer a more competitive experience while others, like slot machines and roulette, offer an easygoing take on gambling that’s great for beginners.
Something about gambling seems to encourage people to cheat and steal to improve their chances of winning, which has led to a high level of security at these establishments. Casinos spend a lot of time, money and energy on surveillance systems and securing their patrons. This is especially important when it comes to high-stakes tables. In Casino, Scorsese portrays the seedier side of Las Vegas with a gritty authenticity that other movies, including Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls, fail to do.
There are no good guys in Casino – everyone is mired in greed, treachery and avarice. That makes the movie compelling and believable, even with some scenes that seem over-the-top, such as the torture scene involving De Niro’s character or Joe Pesci’s death by overdose. Despite the bad behavior, however, most of the patrons are having a blast with music blaring and coins clinking. Many of them have also earned a free meal or hotel room, tickets to a show and other perks for being big gamblers.