When it comes to gambling, casinos are a hot spot for fun and excitement. These famous casinos are renowned for their dazzling displays, luxury accommodations, and of course, countless opportunities to win big! Whether you want to test your luck at the blackjack table or hit up the karaoke lounge, there’s sure to be something for everyone in these top casinos.
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci reprise their roles from Raging Bull and Goodfellas for director Martin Scorsese in Casino, a fact-based crime drama set in the world of organized crime in Las Vegas. Circa 1995, when violent, profane criminality was in fashion thanks to Quentin Tarantino and other millennial auteurs who owed a debt to Scorsese, Casino is a movie that saturates the senses with its images of Sin City as hellscape, not the touristy Disneyland it became after the ’80s.
Besides the thousands of people a day who go into casinos hoping to win big, there are the casino employees who make sure everything runs smoothly. Dealers keep their eyes on the cards and the patrons, looking for blatant cheating like palming or marking, while pit bosses and tables managers have a much wider view to help catch suspicious betting patterns. Cameras in the ceiling offer a “eye-in-the-sky” view of every table, window and doorway that can be adjusted by security workers to focus on suspect patrons.
Casino is liminal, not between Victorianism and Modernism but between the rough blur of gangsters and organized labor and the bloodless, antiseptic world of corporate finance. A casino is the ultimate apex of American capitalism, and a place where it seems that love and trust are shaky propositions.