A casino is a public place that houses a variety of gambling activities. These activities include slot machines, table games like blackjack, craps, and roulette and even card games. There are some casinos that add extra luxuries such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows. But despite all these perks, gambling is still the primary activity in a casino.
In a film that seems to anticipate Boogie Nights a few years later, Casino depicts the decline of Vegas as a hedonistic playground. Scorsese and the cast (including a young De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci completing the “Goodfellas” trilogy) make no bones about the violence that permeates the story, but the movie never sinks into the gutter. Instead, the movie is more of a document of a certain time and place, with Scorsese wryly observing that while the old Sin City was an orgy of violence, corruption and deceit, it also served as a launching pad for careers in acting, writing and music.
The layout of a casino has a lot to do with its atmosphere. For example, high ceilings and beautiful decor create an air of luxury that encourages people to stay longer. The floor is often equipped with prime dining and beverage facilities and performance venues where pop, rock, jazz and other artists perform. In addition, modern casinos are largely wired for surveillance with cameras on the ceiling that watch every corner of the casino and can be adjusted by security workers in a room filled with banks of monitors.