Casino is one of Martin Scorsese’s most compelling movies. It depicts the seedy underbelly of Vegas in all its opulence and excess, but it also lays bare a city’s past ties to organized crime. It’s a raw and gritty movie that doesn’t shy away from showing violence, treachery, and avarice. And yet it’s still riveting at three hours, thanks to a masterful script and brilliant acting. De Niro and Sharon Stone are especially good. Their characters are mired in greed and corruption, but they get their comeuppance in the end.
Casinos are designed to entice players by creating an environment that is exciting and immersive. They play upbeat music and use a mix of sound effects (ringing bells, etc.) to create excitement and to indicate that others are winning. They also offer free drinks because they know that alcohol decreases inhibitions and makes people more likely to take risks. This is called the “sunk cost fallacy.”
In addition, casinos do not display a clock to prevent patrons from seeing how long they’re staying. They want players to lose track of time and keep playing, thereby increasing their chances of losing more money. To prevent yourself from wasting too much of your budget, put aside an amount for gambling each day and set a timer for yourself when you go to the casino. If you still have money left when your timer goes off, transfer it to the next day’s budget.