A casino is a public place where games of chance can be played and gambling is the primary activity. The typical casino adds a host of luxuries to help attract gamblers including restaurants, free drinks, stage shows and dramatic scenery. But there have been many less lavish places that house gambling activities and would still technically be considered a casino.
There is something about casinos that encourage people to cheat or steal in order to win money – probably because the amount of money involved is so large. This is why casinos spend a lot of time and money on security. On the floor, dealers keep their eyes on the patrons to make sure there aren’t any blatant cheating techniques like palming or marking. Table managers and pit bosses watch over table games with a broader view, watching for betting patterns that could signal cheating. Surveillance and security also work closely together to prevent any suspicious or high-dollar activity.
The acting in Casino is superb and the movie is a must-see for crime drama fans. But Scorsese is not afraid to show violence, whether it is the torture of a character with a vice, the car bombing attempt on De Niro’s character or Joe Pesci’s death by overdose. This adds tension and keeps the viewer on edge throughout the movie.
The film lays bare the vast network of corruption that was centered in Las Vegas with tendrils reaching into politicians, Teamsters unions, Chicago mob figures and the Midwest mafia based out of Kansas City. But the story is not just about the mob, it is about the gamblers who are willing to risk everything in pursuit of a dream.