Why Do People Love Casinos?
The word casino conjures images of flashy lights, glitzy decor, and upbeat music. It also brings to mind games of chance where you can win big or lose a lot of money.
The real reason casinos draw people in isn’t just the games, but the fact that they combine 2 aspects that most people are excited about – entertainment and money. This combination works because it is human nature to get excited when you are playing a game and you are uncertain what the outcome will be.
Modern casinos have many ways to keep their guests happy and entertained. They have shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers, but the vast majority of their profits come from gambling. Blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, and keno are just some of the games that bring in billions every year.
A casino is designed to create an atmosphere that makes it feel like you are entering another world. The bright lights, clinking slot noises (even though pennies stopped being used a long time ago) and scents that are specifically chosen to play on our senses make for an intoxicating experience.
Scorsese’s movie is not only about the mafia in Las Vegas, but it also lays out an epic history lesson of how huge casino corporations took over this desert city. James Woods is good as a low-life con-man and Vinny Vella is funny as Artie Piscano, but it’s Sharon Stone who steals the show in this one. Her performance is so natural and riveting that it’s a shame she didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress that year.