Mobsters and criminals have always used the internet to their advantage. Ever since the internet was created, we have had an influx of criminal activity, and the Darknet has been a haven for the morally ambiguous. So many clandestine goings on happen online, and this has only increased in the last five to ten years. The thing is that you could argue it’s almost become easier for criminals these days as well.
With shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and True Detective out there, TV has never been more healthy. And there are plenty of shows that document the exploits of the mob in casinos. Don’t think that’s simply limited to the likes of Hollywood and Martin Scorsese. Here are a few of the best casino mobster TV shows we’ve ever seen.
Boardwalk Empire was one of the finest crime shows released in the last decade. Terence Winter’s show is set in the Prohibition-era, and it follows the life and career of fictionalised criminal kingpin Nucky Thompson. The show is packed full of everything you’d imagine from a casino mobster show: betrayal, love, lust, and plenty of gambling. Steve Buscemi plays the role of Nucky, and it’s probably the best performance he’s ever given as an actor.
Often cited as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, The Sopranos is an epic, sprawling masterpiece of television. Yes, it’s not based around the casino scene, but it is an all-encompassing look at a powerful crime family and the way they operate. You have everything here from casino to bars, to strip joints, to drugs. The show is not for the faint-hearted, but it remains one of the best shows we’ve ever seen, and it’s definitely recommended.
Vegas was a period drama released several years ago, and starring Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid. It was created by writer Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote Casino and Goodfellas. The show follows a cat and mouse game between Quaid’s Sheriff and Chiklis’ mob boss who moved to the Vegas area to run operations. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after just one season, but it is one of the most interesting and riveting crime shows we’ve seen.
Mobster movies are brilliant. For two hours or so we can sit there and envelope ourselves in the thrill of spending money, we don’t have, killing the bad guys (most of the time), drinking too much alcohol with seemingly no effect and partaking in some car chases too. There’s a lot of casino mobster movies out there but if you want some idea of where to start, here are the top five that you absolutely have to watch.
Movies are a great way of telling stories, and understanding the history behind important events. It’s fair to say that casinos and Las Vegas are a huge part of the history of the United States, and that’s why there are a lot of films made about them. In fact, some of the best films ever made are gangster movies, and you definitely need to check some of these out.
The internet has been a marvellous invention for everybody. It has permitted people to make new friends and get in touch with old friends. It has revolutionised how we do business, shop, bank and play games. The opportunity to gamble has gone hand in hand with the opportunities for online crime.
Everybody knows that any film “inspired by actual events” takes a fair amount of artistic license. The 1990s mob movie Casino starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone was a massive hit. Here, we look at the facts behind the fiction of the people, places and events.
Back in the Prohibition era, there was an American gangster who quickly rose to fame as one of the founders and the boss of Italian-American crime syndicate, Chicago Outfit. His name? Alphonse Gabriel Capone – better known as infamous American gangster, Al Capone.