Casino – The Movie That Made Las Vegas Glitzy
Stepping into a casino is like entering another world – glitzy lights and sparkling gold trim, champagne glasses clinking, people laughing around tables and a buzz that can make even the most jaded person feel alive. The games are fast-paced and there’s always something to keep players on their toes. Whether you’re playing blackjack, roulette or a casino game that involves interaction with a live dealer through a video feed, the thrill of not knowing what will happen next is what keeps many players coming back for more.
The main reason casinos make so much money is that they have a built in advantage to their games. It’s only a few percent, but over millions of bets, it adds up. Casinos also rake in extra revenue through fees for table games, slot machines and video poker as well as the use of their branding and trademarks.
While other movies show the glitzy side of Las Vegas with its opulent hotels and neon signs, Casino delves deeper into the city’s history. It lays bare its links with organized crime and shows how mob money helped fund the city’s opulence.
The movie also reveals how the mob’s influence on gambling was waning. Investors with deep pockets such as Donald Trump and hotel chains began buying up property and licensing casinos without mob involvement. Mobsters were unable to compete with the profits that these legitimate businesses brought in and were forced to look for other ways to suck in cash from their gaming empires.