You know you’ve stumbled upon an interesting fact when a casino movie comes up on the television. But you might not know what it means, or why it’s important. The casino industry is a huge and growing industry that employs millions of people worldwide, so it’s no big deal that you’re learning about it.
The plot of the film that spawned the slot machine craze was based on a Las Vegas convention called The World Series of Poker. The movie’s lead star, Steve McQueen, is played by Al Pacino, who has always been a favorite character of mine. In this role he plays a card shark called Ginger. He’s one of the best known pit bosses around, and takes the job of managing the tournament for the richest man in town, played by Brad Pitt.
Ginger runs the biggest slot casino in the city, called the Venus Six, owned by the corrupt owner of the establishment named Max Pitbull. His real name is Max Richter, but because he runs the biggest casino in las Vegas he’s always referred to as “Max.” He’s also the closest thing the show’s characters have to a boss, even though he doesn’t actually have one.
The storyline revolves around the fact that Ginger tries to run the tournament for a profit, while simultaneously trying to keep it under control and out of his control. He tries to recruit the best players, including the famous Mike “the Situation” from the Dallas casinos, and he has several other powerful and famous personalities involved as well. It’s quite a colorful event, filled with many confrontations, many shootouts, and many high-stakes poker matches. I’m sure that many people would enjoy watching it. It was one of the earliest movies to incorporate a casino theme, and it was certainly one of the first to popularize the concept of the “hotel suite” casino.
One interesting aspect of the film is that the main character, Max Pitbull, is married to Ginger Dietrich, who happens to be an ex-lover of Meyer Maslow, the well-known crime boss from the TV series Miami Vice. At one point, though, they both end up getting killed, presumably by some mobsters. It turns out that their bodies were found stuffed in a freezer in an apartment building in Los Angeles. This was clearly an important decision on the part of director Terry Gilliam, as it meant that he would be able to use the footage of the murder scene in the film.
The movie isn’t really about crime, or the mafia, or even Las Vegas, though it was obviously written by someone who understands what makes movies entertaining. It’s more about the human element of casino gambling. People are drawn to the game because it’s a chance to have a little fun; just like gambling in most of our societies. But as with most things, it’s all about the risk. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced casino goer, as long as you know what you’re getting into, you can be sure that playing slot machines, roulette, blackjack, and the like, will give you a good time.