After the success of Goodfellas and in a time when violent, profane crime dramas were suddenly en vogue thanks to Quentin Tarantino, Casino loomed as an obvious box-office hit. Based on a true story, it’s an epic history lesson about Las Vegas and its inextricable ties to organized crime. And it boasts a great cast led by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.
There is something about gambling that encourages people to cheat, steal or scam their way into a jackpot, instead of playing it by the rules and relying on random chance. So casinos spend a lot of time and money on security. They even have elaborate surveillance systems that are able to track every table, shift in window, and doorway.
But even if the odds are against you, you can still win at a casino by knowing the basic rules and following some simple tips. For example, make sure you read the rules of each game before you start playing. Also, avoid making stupid bets and always manage your money wisely. These little things will help you stay in the black and increase your chances of winning.
In a film filled with greed, treachery and avarice, it’s Sharon Stone that gives the movie a much-needed dose of humanity. Her performance is electrifying and riveting. She makes us believe in her ability to seduce men (“smart hustlers like Ginger could keep a guy awake for three days”) while also showing a dark side that’s equally enthralling.