The word “casino” evokes an image of a pulsing, buzzing place where champagne glasses clink and tourists and locals mingle while trying their luck at a variety of games. It’s an atmosphere where people are excited to be a part of the experience and, even if they’re not winning, they enjoy being in the midst of excitement and energy.
Casinos combine 2 things that excites nearly everyone: entertainment and money. Adding to the appeal is that casinos offer high-end amenities like stage shows, dramatic scenery and restaurants along with gambling. Although less elaborate places can house gambling activities, they don’t get the name casino.
A key to a casino’s success is that it is a secure and safe environment for patrons. To do this, casino security starts with a well-trained team of employees that are trained to spot suspicious activity. This includes the way a dealer shuffles cards or marks dice, how players react to winning or losing and betting patterns that indicate cheating. Cameras in the ceiling allow for a bird’s-eye view of the entire casino and can be adjusted to focus on specific patrons.
Robert De Niro gives his most underrated performance as Sam Rothstein, the mob’s go-to guy for casino shenanigans. The supporting cast, including Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, all deliver great work. This three-hour-plus movie never lags and is a riveting watch until the end. Casino is a must-see for Martin Scorsese fans and anyone who enjoys a good thriller.