How Casinos Create a Blissful World

Whether it’s the glitzy lights, the champagne glasses that clink, or the pulsing music of slot machines, casinos provide an artificially blissful experience for those who enter. This euphoric atmosphere is what draws people in and keeps them coming back for more, and it’s one reason why casinos employ a wide variety of strategies to keep players at the tables or glued to their slots.

From scents to sophisticated surveillance systems, here are some of the ways casinos create a world where money is the only thing on everyone’s mind.


Casinos are as much about the crowd as they are about the games. They’re full of regulars strutting their stuff, people attempting to regain their lost fortune, and tourists with nothing else on their agendas except trying out the luck of the draw. They all share a common trait, though: they’re having a blast.

In the past, casino entertainment has included dazzling table games like blackjack and poker where players test their wits against others’. Nowadays, casinos offer a broader array of gambling options including roulette and other games where players bet on numbers rather than other people.

When Martin Scorsese signed up to direct Casino in 1995, he knew he was taking a gamble. It was a gangster movie with an R rating, starring two of Goodfellas’ “goodfellas,” Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But it was Sharon Stone who spiked the film’s energy with her powerhouse performance.