Casino is the most complete film ever made about the Las Vegas gambling mecca. Whereas other movies might show only the glitz and glamour of the strip, Scorsese digs deep and reveals how a city built on crooked dealings, violence and greed lost its mojo.
Located in states with legalized gambling, casinos typically feature gaming tables (including roulette and craps), card games like blackjack and poker, and slot machines. Some casinos even feature stage shows and elaborate settings to help attract guests, but a casino’s main attraction is the games of chance. These games provide the billions of dollars in profits raked in by U.S. casinos each year, with much of this cash going to local and state governments, corporations, investors, and Native American tribes.
A casino’s atmosphere is meant to be exciting, with flashy decor, upbeat music and plenty of places to eat and drink. Guests can try their hand at the games ranging from poker to keno, with jackpots and bonuses adding an element of chance to the experience.
Although there are countless ways for players to cheat and steal, either in collusion or in plain sight, casinos employ security measures to prevent this. Aside from the obvious, such as cameras positioned throughout the facility, some casinos also employ sophisticated electronic monitoring systems, such as a high-tech “eye in the sky” that can watch every table, window and doorway at once. The resulting video feeds can be reviewed and adjusted by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of monitors.