In Casino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci portray mobster kingpins Ace and Nicky. They are both likable characters, but it’s the story of how they help pull Vegas away from the mafia’s control that’s compelling.
Gambling, or wagering money on games of chance, is the heart of casinos. Slots, roulette, blackjack, craps, keno and poker are what rake in the billions of dollars in profits that casinos see each year. Casinos use music, lighted fountains, restaurants, hotels and elaborate themes to lure customers in, but gambling is the thing that keeps them coming back.
While some casinos are like indoor amusement parks, most of the fun (and profits) come from gambling. Casinos rely on games of chance, or in some cases a small amount of skill, to keep people playing and spending.
Casinos often give out complimentary items to “good” players, or comps, to encourage them to gamble more and spend more time in their casino. Free hotel rooms, meals and show tickets are just some of the things that casinos offer their biggest spenders.
Something about the environment of a casino encourages people to cheat, steal or scam their way into winning. This is why casinos spend a lot of time, money and effort on security. This is especially important because of the large amounts of cash that are handled at the casino’s tables. This security goes beyond just hiring guards and setting up cameras. It also involves educating their employees and using sophisticated technology to prevent fraud.