Beneath the flashing lights and free cocktails, casinos stand on a bedrock of mathematics, engineered to slowly bleed their patrons of cash. As such, patrons have often been tempted to cheat and steal, either in collusion with each other or independently; as a result casinos spend a huge amount of time and money on security. Casino security starts on the floor, where dealers and pit bosses keep close tabs on patrons, watching for blatantly obvious tricks like palming cards or marking dice. Elaborate surveillance systems also offer an eye-in-the-sky view, allowing security workers to adjust camera focus and focus on suspicious patrons from a separate room filled with banks of monitors.

A big part of the appeal of casinos is their energy; music blares, people laugh around tables and coins clinking add to the excitement. But there’s another side to that equation; casino games are not random, and the house always wins. That’s why it’s important to only play at legitimate online casinos that prioritize transparency, clear policies and regulation, and prioritise integrity.

Casino may be one of Martin Scorsese’s longest movies, but it never lags or runs out of steam; from the jarring opening scene with the car bomb to the riveting final sequence that climaxes with Ace and Nicky’s fight in the rain, this is a taut, lean thriller all the way through. And, of course, there’s Ginger Stone, a seductive and ruthless femme fatale who both builds on and inverts her star turn from Basic Instinct.