A casino is a fun place that’s as much about socializing and trying your luck at games of chance as it is about gambling. With music blaring, champagne glasses clinking, and people of all types milling around, there is an incredible buzz at casinos. And although there may be a tutting or two when the chips don’t go your way, it’s hard to keep from smiling.

The etymology of the word “casino” dates back to Italy and once denoted villas, summerhouses, and even social clubs. The modern casino is much more than just a gambling establishment, and today there are casinos all over the world with an array of enjoyable activities and not to forget a variety of games of chance.

Like Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls and Goodfellas, Casino is set in Sin City and about it, but it is far more than just another epic mob drama. Scorsese’s film is less over-the-top than either of those earlier works, with a sense that the story is real and not just entertainment. In fact, the film is almost documentary in style, laying bare an intricate web of corruption that touched on everything from politicians to the Teamsters union to a mafia based out of Kansas City.

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