The Casino Experience


A casino is a place where champagne glasses clink, and locals and tourists mingle. It’s a place of high-rollers and low-rollers, big bets and small ones, and the omnipresent buzz of a million people all trying their luck at games of chance. There are many factors that go into creating the right atmosphere, including the design of the facility and its audio, lighting and visual (AVL) media.

One key aspect of a casino’s design is how it looks. The design of the gaming floor, for example, is important in setting the mood and attracting players. There are also various amenities that casinos can offer their patrons, such as free hotel rooms and meals, tickets to shows or limo service, and even airline tickets. A wide variety of games are available, too, from the traditional table and card games to newer offerings like slots.

Something about gambling, or the potential to win big money, seems to encourage people to cheat or steal their way into a jackpot. This is why casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security. Elaborate surveillance systems provide a “eye-in-the-sky” that allows casino staff to keep track of every table, window and doorway from a room filled with banks of monitors.

Although Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci make a strong team in Casino, Sharon Stone truly owns the movie. She is unflinching as a low-life con man and was robbed at the Academy Awards for her performance. She’s a natural. The movie is filled with dozens of sub-plots and tangent stories, and James Woods is particularly funny as the kind of lowlife who can’t even beat a girl who is 10 years his junior.