Casinos have long been a popular place for people to socialize and play games of chance. They’re accessible and affordable for almost anyone, from the youngest grandchild to the grizzled retirees who enjoy weekend bus trips to the nearest one with their friends. But there’s more to a casino than just gambling. Whether it’s the excitement of playing against others or the suspense of waiting for your next card, there’s something about casino games that draw in the crowds and keep them coming back for more.
In addition to a wide selection of table games, slot machines and poker rooms, casinos also offer gourmet dining and luxury accommodations, breath-taking art installations, live entertainment and top-notch hotels. They also have a number of sophisticated security measures including cameras, secure entrances and an extensive network of surveillance cameras that can be controlled by a single staff member.
As a result of this virtual assurance of gross profit, casinos frequently reward big bettors with lavish inducements such as free spectacular entertainment, reduced-fare transportation and elegant living quarters. They also enforce security through rules of conduct and a high-tech eye-in-the-sky system that includes cameras in the ceiling and at all tables.
Casino offers a more gritty and realistic view of the mobster world than Oceans 11, but still packs in plenty of action and bravura set pieces. It also has a sense of wistfulness for the past, although that’s less about believing in Ace and Nicky’s vision of a golden age than it is a skepticism over what might replace them.