Casinos make their money by encouraging game players to spend their hard-earned cash repeatedly in the hope of winning big. They do this by making their spaces attractive, providing a variety of gambling opportunities and boosting entertainment options.
With glistening lights, champagne glasses clinking and the sound of coins clinging to slot machines, casinos have a certain buzz that makes even the most jaded gamblers smile. While the pulsating music and euphoric atmosphere helps lure customers in, games of chance such as slots, blackjack and roulette are what keep them coming back for more.
The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with dazzling lights and themes, shopping centers and restaurants drawing in the crowds. But these attractions wouldn’t exist without the billions of dollars in profits that casinos rake in from the simple act of gambling.
Unlike other movies that depict Vegas, Casino isn’t afraid to explore the darker side of the city, from its mob ties to organized crime to the opulent hotels and elaborate themes that adorn the strip today. The film also shows how the mafia was eventually driven out of a city that was minting billions in profit every year.
As a result, the movie is both a thrill ride and an absorbing history lesson. De Niro and Pesci give powerful performances, but the real stand-out is Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna, whose ability to seduce men and control their actions is both hysterical and heartbreaking.