A casino is a place where gambling activities are conducted. While a modern casino might add in-house restaurants, musical shows, shopping centers and dramatic scenery to help attract customers, casinos would not exist without games of chance that provide the billions in profits raked in each year. Popular games include slots, blackjack, poker and roulette.

There are many different security measures employed at casinos to keep patrons safe. For example, cameras can be used to spot suspicious behavior. In addition, chips with built-in microcircuitry interact with casino systems to monitor the exact amount of money wagered minute by minute and alert authorities in the event that there is a statistical deviation from expected results. Some table games also feature a special computer-monitored wheel to detect anomalies.

While security is important, some people might try to cheat or steal to increase their odds of winning. That’s why casinos devote a large portion of their budget to security.

Few movies have captured the essence of Las Vegas like Martin Scorsese’s Casino. While most depict a sexy, hedonistic fantasy of neon lights and opulent hotels, Casino digs deeper into the city’s history with organized crime. The movie stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, completing the gangster trilogy Scorsese began in Raging Bull and Goodfellas. Despite running nearly three hours, the film never lags or runs out of steam. The director’s masterful editing and taut narration help make the film a lean, mean thriller from start to finish.