Casino is a place where people can gamble on games of chance. These establishments often have restaurants and bars and feature live entertainment as well. They offer a wide variety of games, including slots, blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and more. Many casinos also host international tournaments and events, such as the World Series of Poker.

In the 21st century, some casinos have become choosier about whom they invite to their gambling facilities. They may limit entry to high-stakes players, who can spend tens of thousands of dollars at a time. These high-rollers can receive special perks, like free luxury suites and other personal attention.

Many of the modern casino facilities are attached to prime dining and beverage establishments, as well as performance venues where pop, rock and jazz artists come to perform for the crowds. They also use bright and sometimes gaudy floor and wall coverings, to create a cheering and stimulating environment. They may even offer complementary drinks, but be sure to keep track of your allotted money for the day – it’s easy to lose track of the time when you’re having fun gambling!

In the movie Casino, Scorsese portrays what many people believe to be Las Vegas’ dark underbelly. His depiction of the torture and murder of De Niro’s character, the death by overdose of Stone’s character and other scenes may be over-the-top in some ways, but they are faithful to the reality that exists for many of the people who play and work at Las Vegas’ casinos.