A modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of the entertainment and profits (for the owners) coming from gambling. Musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers help lure in the crowds, but slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other games of chance provide the billions of dollars casinos make every year.
While a casino might appear to be a fun and exciting place to gamble, it is actually an extremely complicated operation. There are many different ways for casino patrons to cheat and steal, either in collusion or on their own. Casinos have a variety of security measures to prevent these types of crimes, including surveillance cameras and staff members who keep an eye on game play to make sure all is running as it should be.
To put guests at ease, casinos employ a wide range of psychological tricks. For example, the color schemes on the rugs and gaming machines are carefully chosen. Machines closer to the entrance are usually red, while machines toward the end of a row use cool blue shades.
After the success of Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese and Universal were ready to take a gamble on Casino. Adapting a 1995 nonfiction book by Nicholas Pileggi, this crime drama features the return of mob-linked stars De Niro and Joe Pesci and completes a trilogy of mafia movies that started with Raging Bull. While the movie is a thrilling gangster epic, it also explores the dark side of the business.