Casinos make money by selling chances to win. They attract gamblers of all ages and genders. People ranging from regulars who strut their stuff and expect to hit the jackpot to those taking weekend bus trips to play with friends and family. The glitzy decor and the flashing lights make it hard for anyone not to get caught up in the excitement of gambling.
But there is more to a casino than just the games themselves. There is a science to how casinos are designed that keeps people coming back and spending more money. They employ many psychological tricks to keep you playing and glued to your seat. From the music to the scented scents they create a euphoric experience that can be addictive even if the house always wins.
Martin Scorsese re-recruited Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci to star in Casino, a film that is both a crime thriller and a character study of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein (De Niro), an unbeatable casino dealer for the Mob who takes on a volatile hustler named Ginger and her psychotic partner Nicky Santoro. Amidst all the gangster movie clichés and the genuinely hellacious violence, including a popped eyeball and a sound-designed baseball bat beating, Casino delivers on the promise of a great performance from both its stars. Sadly, it may be DeNiro’s last great performance as his career began to decline shortly after this movie was released in 1995. However, his co-star Sharon Stone gives a powerhouse performance that rivals her work in Basic Instinct.