Gambling 101 – The Basics of Casinos


Casinos house a variety of games of chance and often feature restaurants, bars, shops, spas, museums, theaters, hotels and other luxury attractions. The etymology of the word “casino” dates back to Italy and it has become synonymous with pleasure and entertainment. Besides offering a wide range of gambling activities, most casinos also feature various other entertaining facilities that attract visitors and players from all over the world. These amenities include exotic landscapes, stage shows and free drinks.

Something about the vast amounts of money involved in casinos makes both patrons and employees tempted to cheat or steal, whether in collusion with each other or independently. This is why casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security.

Casino is a 1995 drama/thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro as Ace Rothstein, an underworld casino operator with a conscience. The movie combines a noirish vision of sin city with a satirical view of institutional systems of corruption and shady dealings. Despite its bravura set pieces and hellacious violence (including a torture-by-vice scene that had to be trimmed in order to avoid an NC-17 rating), Scorsese’s ambivalence about the casino world is palpable.

Regardless of the type of game you choose to play, you should always remember that gambling is not as much about luck as it is about making smart decisions and knowing your own bankroll. To make sure you’re playing responsibly, try to set a specific timer for each day and don’t exceed your budget. If you do have leftover money after your allotted time, make sure to transfer it to the next day’s budget before you head to the casino again.