The Dark Side of Casinos


The lights, glitz, noise and music of casinos are what draw in people to gamble. Whether you’re an experienced player or someone just looking to try their luck, the thrill of winning is what makes casinos so enticing. But it is important to remember that the odds are against you – no matter how much money you invest in a game of chance, the house will always come out on top.

The people who visit a casino are, on the surface, a pretty diverse bunch. From the regulars who strut around with confidence and expect to win big, to those trying to win back what they lost on their last round, they all share one thing in common – they have a good time! Even if the chips don’t go their way, they’re likely to dance around to the beat of the blaring music and cheer as coins clink.

But there’s more to casinos than just gambling. They’re full of amenities like top-notch hotels, spas and restaurants, plus bars and performance venues where pop, rock and jazz musicians come to perform. Then there are the games of chance that captivate visitors and drive the billions in profits casinos make every year.

With all of the glitz and glamour, there is still a dark side to casinos that draws in some unsavory characters. It’s these elements that director Martin Scorsese captures in his gangster epic Casino. Starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the movie is a spiritual sequel to his fact-based Goodfellas and a nod to his roots in crime dramas like Raging Bull.