There are few places more fun than a casino, where flashy decor, upbeat music and throngs of people converge for gambling, drinks and entertainment. Whether you’re a hardcore gambler or just want to try your hand at something new, casinos offer an array of options for all types of players. The games range from a simple game of chance like slot machines to more complex casino games that involve strategy and skill. Ultimately, a casino’s success depends on four things: the popularity of the games, their odds, the player’s skills and pure luck.

Even though casinos add a few extra amenities to help attract customers, such as restaurants, stage shows and dramatic scenery, they would not exist without the games of chance that give them billions in profits each year. Slots, blackjack, poker, roulette and a host of other games provide the thrill and suspense that draw in gamblers.

Although movies such as Oceans 11 and Croupier capture the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas casinos, few films have done as much to expose their darker side as Martin Scorsese’s Casino. This epic crime drama reveals an intricate web of corruption centered in Las Vegas with tendrils that reach out to mob families, politicians and Teamsters unions. Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone are perfect in their roles, but it’s Joe Pesci’s menacing Santoro that really carries the movie. His unflappable demeanor makes this sexy, gritty story an unforgettable one.