Directed by the great Martin Scorsese himself, Casino is a film that fully depicts the original Las Vegas, the true Sin City.
Robert De Niro stars as Ace, a super-intelligent mafia related handicapper who gets hired to do a job for the mob. The job is to run The Tangiers, one of the first casinos on the Strip.
Ace is Irish and can never become a made guy, so he is given some “help” in the form of a gangster named Nicky Santoro. Mix in Sharon Stone as the luscious Ginger, a former prostitute who captures Ace’s hear, and you have yourself a true Las Vegas drama.
It is the amazing acting of De Niro, Pesci, and Stone, along with Scorsese’s master touches, that make Casino one of the top gambling movies ever created.
The movie offers a little bit of everything but mostly shows the raw Las Vegas as it used to be back in the 70s.
In a fashion common to mob-related movies, Casino ends with a bunch of killings and arrests and the transformation of Las Vegas to what it is today.
Any self-respecting gambling aficionado should watch Casino at least once and possibly get inspired by the amazing Ace himself.