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From the totally lame, to epic blow-outs that would make Vince Neil proud. Claude sat down at a Fortune Pai Gow Poker table. That man returns, and he loses the earnings plus more. The scene where Nicky delivers a veiled warning to leave to the two mob "balloon heads" who were trying to swindle the casino, by telling them that their supposed friend Carmine "left. As a token of appreciation for making a life-saving donation, all blood drive participants will receive a voucher to redeem a pair of tickets to a Mets game at Citi Field. He also starred in his own comedy special, Comedy Central Presents: If he wins, he collects, if he loses he either doesn't pay or strong-arms to recover the money.

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The Vegas-style tournaments will be held at Empire City April 19 th , 20 th and 21 st from 5: Each promotional date, from 2: To participate, Empire Club Members must be playing any slot machine or electronic table game with an Empire Club Card inserted at the time of the drawing. The oldest and most esteemed amateur event in the U.

The official installation of Mr. The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, comprised of police officers from many of the 39 Police Departments within the County of Westchester will also perform. Empire Club Members can visit a Promotions Booth starting at Dukes, known for his zany song parodies and wacky holiday advice tips, will be on hand for both AFC match ups. Kickoff is at 4: The toys and coats will be distributed through Catholic Charities community agencies to families in need.

The toy and coat drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino and thousands of toys and coats have been donated since when the campaign was first launched. Players can also try a hand on the newly-added electronic blackjack or three-card poker tables, or sit down at a slot machine for the chance at a jackpot to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Empire City will be accepting donations every day throughout the month-long drive at the main promotions booth. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities-supported agencies for the Christmas holidays. Empire City has been aggressive in its roll out of the new machines in an effort to boost revenues and help retain the billions New York residents spend at casinos in neighboring states.

Blackjack fans are enjoying the advanced technology offered by more than new Blackjack seats at Empire City. Nearly positions will be available in the coming months, with an additional added in the near future.

Players confirm that this new, high-tech Blackjack allows for a faster pace of play without the intimidation of live tables yet plays exactly as traditional casino Blackjack, sans handheld cards and chips. The game sets up betting stations with a virtual dealer offering electronic cards, and players make decisions such as whether to hit or stand via touchscreen.

Rooney, son of Steelers founder Art J. As a family-run business, Rooney considers each employee to be a member of his extended family and works to create and maintain a diverse workforce.

Nearly two-thirds of the current workforce identifies as either minority or female, and over half of the management team does as well. Cara is now 25, and will be married later this month. A world-class event, the International Trot returns after a year hiatus.

Horses and drivers representing Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Canada and the United States will compete to win the richest purse in the history of the famed Yonkers Raceway. Originally hosted at Roosevelt Raceway for nearly thirty years, the International Trot was taken over by Yonkers Raceway when Roosevelt permanently closed its doors in Yonkers staged the International for seven years thereafter. Similarly, fall means football to many. And while football fans across the state know the Rooney name from the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers, few likely know it is the investment of Tim Rooney, son of Steelers founder Art J.

For the first time, the competition will be held on two nights. Policemen, firemen and emergency medical technicians across the area are welcome to dine for free, guests of first responders will enjoy a discounted rate. The luncheon will be held in the Empire Terrace Restaurant from Vos has been a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. For most, that means new clothes, shoes, and lots of school supplies. But for many, getting the school supplies their children need to start the year off right can be a financial burden.

That initiative just received a huge boost with the donation of new backpacks from Empire City Casino. Therefore, it was fitting to have a group of military service members from WWP in the audience when the Grammy-nominated artist brought down the house at the August 9th outdoor summer concert.

The effort became a global phenomenon with more than 17 million videos of people taking the challenge being posted on Facebook last year. On Sunday, August 2 at 2pm hundreds will gather trackside at Yonkers Raceway where Quinn will lead participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement through the month of August to benefit ALS research.

On the five Thursdays of July — July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th — from Tickets for Kenny Rogers and Trace Adkins are on sale now. Lynyrd Skynyrd tickets go on sale Monday, June 8, at 9: As the largest private employer in the fourth largest city in New York, the casino has nearly employees. A new initiative is underway to bring personal finance education to the workplace to help employees make better-informed financial decisions.

A few years ago Empire City implemented a wellness initiative to raise awareness, educate and encourage employees to make better choices when it comes to their health. This month, the focus is personal finance with a five-week program that will bring various banking experts on property to speak one-on-one with employees. Yonkers, NY on Saturday, May 2. Cherie Czerniowski, who oversees slot operations at Empire City, announced that when it hits, it will be the largest jackpot ever to be won at the casino and, she stressed that it can only be won in Yonkers.

Contestants will register between 2: The winners will be announced at 5 pm, after being chosen by a blue ribbon panel of judges. Doors will open at 7: All patrons will receive a free drink ticket. Elite Club and Presidents Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons receive a free drink ticket. Three championship bouts and a trio of semi-final divisions will highlight the action-packed card. The slots are hot at Empire City Casino.

The lucky win was registered on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Areas of expertise vary widely and include lawn care, ground maintenance for golf courses, parks and recreation, universities, cemeteries, arborist, sales and manufacturing, irrigation and more. We thank our elected representatives, businesses and community groups who made a strong and convincing case that any effort to site a new casino not jeopardize the nearly jobs and billions of dollars Empire City provides for education and other government services.

Empire City is hoping residents will help them change that. A foot Christmas Tree will be lit at 6: Self-proclaimed foodies, and even the average glutton with a passion for great food and drink, will delight in this find - a holiday kick-off event being held this Friday, November 14th from 6: The event offers 4 hours of beer, wine and signature cocktails, two separate tasting sessions, dessert, dancing and bowling.

Whether you're a beer lover or not, you're probably aware of the sweeping craft beer movement that has taken our country by storm. Based on data gathered by the Brewers Association, the United States is home to over 2, craft breweries and hundreds more continue to open.

Tens of thousands of hospitality industry workers from around the country are expected to attend, while industry leading companies and business personnel will share their latest products and services. These sessions, held on Sunday, November 9th at 1: Saturday, October 11, 4: The Harvest Festival is slated from 4: Representatives from the Susan G. Post time is 5: McIntyre will be recognized for her significant contributions to the local community, as well as the broader Irish-American community.

McIntyre hails from Belmullet, Co. Mayo in Ireland, the eldest of nine children. Thirty-two years ago while working in the hotel industry, fate stepped in and introduced McIntyre to June and Timothy Rooney during their visit to Ireland.

Registration opens at 9am. The walk starts at 10am. To register now and participate, sponsor the event, build a Walk team, or for more information please visit walk. NYBC reports that while it is distributing more blood than last year at this time, the summer vacation months have been particularly hard on blood donations and supplies. It was Hunger Action Day, and the canopy at the casino entrance was lit bright orange in the color symbolic of the fight against hunger.

Go Orange to End Hunger is a month-long campaign that will help create awareness of a problem that affects 49 million Americans in the United States. Hunger Action Month, held in September, is a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action against the issue of hunger. Organized by Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement.

The Annual Fall Harvest Festival includes family-fun events such as pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch, musical entertainment and more. Music fans will enjoy the incredible musical talents of the best country, pop, and rock artists spanning over four decades of music every Sunday evening in July and August.

Empire City Casino announced a social media contest using Facebook and Twitter that will award winners with VIP platinum seating and a meet and greet for each concert. Winners will receive two platinum seats to the concert indicated in the image they shared or retweeted, as well as a VIP meet and greet with the band or artist.

The undercard broadcast begins at 8: Rooney, Chairman of H. The CYO gala once again convened a dynamic group of nearly New Yorkers from the worlds of business, philanthropy, culture, law, media, politics and religion who share a deep concern for youth and their healthy development and spiritual growth. Accompanying Kola on the show will be featured comedian Grant Lyon, a west coast native who has performed across the country.

Elite Club members gain free admission to the show. Fans can watch the exhilarating action from every angle. It is home to veterans of all kinds: But this Saturday, the veteran contingent will grow at Yonkers Raceway, as military veterans step onto the track and take the reins as part of a HorseAbility for Heroes program. Iapalucci will be joined by featured artist, Joe Matarese, sharing his personal reflections.

A pair of Bronx natives collide in the lb. Another pair of championship contests have yet to be announced. School 9, a Yonkers elementary school for nearly grade pre-K-9 students, has been no exception.

The lack of outdoor play opportunities directly contributes to high rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma and other health problems. But the lucky students at Yonkers School 9 found some angels in a local community organization that is coming to their rescue. To do that, they need to raise a significant amount of money. There will be four Semi-Final bouts, two each in the lb. Female division and lb. Open, as well as at least three Championship contests. For more information log onto www.

Doors open at 6: These in-demand tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis only at the door on fight night. Tickets and seating are limited. On November 8, the 25th anniversary of their first show in the Bronx, the celebrated Irish-American rock band will play one final gig before moving onto greener pastures.

On Sunday, March 16, from 2: Fans from across the tri-state area will descend on Empire City to see the performance before Black 47 makes its scheduled St.

The band will keep the St. These games feature live roulette wheels, electro-mechanical dice and real cards, making them extremely similar to the live dealer versions of these popular table game themes.

The digital betting formats allow players to play faster with up to 80 results per hour. A wide variety of packages and places, including Dan Rooney's Sports Pub, are in the football viewing party lineup. If you care about beer, have no fear, Pinch American Grill features New York craft beers on tap, and for the very thirsty, there are pour-your-own tableside taps.

A fellow family-owned company, Jams, of Costa Mesa, California, delivered some west coast warmth through its generous donation of new toys for New York children in need.

The distribution team quickly went to work searching through hundreds of coats seeking out sizes for members of the families they knew were without warm coats this winter. Empire City will be accepting the donations every day throughout the drive at promotions booth.

The items will be presented to Catholic Charities and their supported agencies for the Christmas holidays. For starters, Foley, who made his money largely in financial services, knew he wanted to be involved in a professional sports franchise.

With that professional sports team, he knew he wanted to be part of a western city. Those two truths led Foley to Las Vegas, a place he wanted to live; another major factor he needed to check off when he was looking for his ownership stake. He knew he wanted a controlling interest.

As T-Mobile Arena was being built on the strip, talk of a new expansion team began to surface in Foley, and the Maloof family, were putting together the plans to make it a reality. Part of the planning led to a market study, which revealed at least , avid hockey fans in the Valley, largely from the Midwest and Canada. Between February and April , the ticket drive reached nearly 10, deposits.

Following the drive and through an official expansion bidding process, Las Vegas was awarded the franchise on June 22, , the first new team since the NHL added the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets in Despite the most favorable expansion draft rules in history and grabbing a future Hall of Fame goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury, most predicted the Golden Knights would struggle in their first year. For home games at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights fill the arena to more than percent, good for fourth in the league.

As a major tourist destination, there were expectations visiting teams would have large fan turnouts and, while this has proven true, the home fans have provided an electric atmosphere visiting players have commented on multiple times.

The team had the unenviable task of playing its first home game in history less than two weeks following the October 1 Route 91 shooting. The regular season started with two wins on the road, before an emotional ceremony honoring the victims and first responders of the event, capped by a speech by Golden Knight defenseman and long-time Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland.

The senator's hooker, who we watch slip out of her gown in the senator's hotel room. His pride and his ego. He arrogantly forgets that it was because of the mob bosses, as well as the Vegas police and politicians looking the other way, that he was able to run the Casino. He stepped on all their toes and only survived because he made good money for the bosses and still had the potential do so.

He marries Ginger, knowing her bad reputation and seeing first hand how she was deeply attached to a worthless pimp. Yet, he convinces himself that he can change her for no reason other than ego, which he admits during the narration.

I can change her. He lacks empathy for everyone around him and thinks he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He displays the classic social disorder of never admitting when he's wrong, even denying things he did or said, just to get his way, like claiming he never asked Sam if he can come to Vegas, when he did. Or him pretending that Sam's banker didn't warn him that depositing large sums of money would result in a loss.

He admits he messed up afterwards. Nicky and Sam are under constant surveillance, but the agents don't make a lot of progress. The real bosses are hundreds of miles away, and the Vegas staff go to great lengths to outwit the FBI. At one point, while surveying from a small plane, they run out of gas and have to land on the golf course behind Sam's house.

Ace puts a mallet to the hand of a cheater. The cheater's partner ops to abandon the money rather than suffer the same treatment. The eponymous casino encounters the occasional cheater. It doesn't end well. The carbomb that hits Ace at the start of the film makes it look like Ace is narrating posthumously. The trope is subverted after Ace survives. Two lines in the very beginning of the movie tell you how it's going to end. Piscano's mother telling his son he'll have a heart attack if he doesn't relax.

Nicky pointing out that Sam keeping the head boss happy with money was the greatest insurance policy in the world. It's the reason the bosses don't have Sam killed in the end, and the car bombing attempt turned out to be an unauthorized hit by Nicky himself.

When Sam first saw Ginger, she was on a date with a man whose casino chips she threw all over the place out of spite. Instead of Ginger's behavior being a red flag, Sam falls in love and marries her.

Like Ginger's date that night, Sam ends up regretting it, as Ginger throws his earnings away, too. Nicky has a polite conversation with a local police chief who doubles as his son's baseball coach.

They're just two Dads there, instead of cop and crook. Ace obviously maintains a very genial and friendly relationship with the cops right up to the very end which was Truth in Television for his real-life counterpart. When Ginger is talking on the phone to Sam, Amy can be seen poking and annoying Lester and him impotently threatening her. Especially the ending with Ace lamenting what Vegas used to be.

Ginger is an obvious, unapologetic one. Sam discusses the trope and thinks he can defy it and change her. Nicky Santoro's spectacular temper is a fatal liability which is pivotal to the plot. Nicky's wife hides a bunch of stolen diamonds in her mop to sneak it through the airport. Ace is certainly no hero, but he is portrayed as a doting husband who only makes his wife wear a beeper after she tries to run off with their daughter.

His real life inspiration Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal actually brutally beat his wife, openly cheated on her and humiliated her by buying other women more expensive gifts than her, yet was enough of a hypocrite to make her carry around a beeper so he knew where she was all the time. Geri McGee Rosenthal, the real life inspiration for Ginger, was a chip hustler and was no saint, but in real life she used her money from hustling to support her sick mother, her sister's family and her first daughter with the real life Lester Diamond.

She was known for her generosity and her intelligence: People in Vegas rave about what a great person she was, and she was considered a loving mom, so her breakdown was due to the abuse from Lefty. The story about her tying her child to the bed frame is based solely on Lefty's word for it.

For one thing, a lot what happened in the film actually happened outside of Vegas. Given that the film is named Casino and plays the Vegas aesthetic for all it's worth, it's understandable that the filmmakers wanted to keep the action around there. And the movie does allude to things happening elsewhere, such as the mob bosses based in Kansas City. Nicky's death was an unintentional example. Ironically, in Real Life , Tony Spilotro, who inspired Nicky, died very similarly to how Pesci's previous role of Tommy died in Goodfellas The late Frank Rosenthal, the real-life inspiration for Ace, made it clear on his website that he definitely never tried to juggle on his talk show.

Similarly, Frank Cullotta the inspiration for Frank Marino did not participate in Tony Spilotro's death , as he was already in Witness Protection by that time. Frank Rosenthal actually secretly ran four different Vegas casinos for the mob: The movie distilled that down to the single, fictional "Tangiers.

Though less on the hookers and more on the blow. How We Got Here: The film opens with Sam's car blowing up and he narrates the rest of the film. At one point during an argument, Nicky brings up how Ace got a bunch of guys to beat up Ginger's old boyfriend and how Nicky had to comfort her following this, and how Ace was a jerk for doing this.

Ace angrily points out that he conveniently appears to have left out his own role in this matter, since they were Nicky's guys. The mob bosses get outraged over the idea that someone is skimming off the top of the money that they are skimming off the top of the profits of the casino — essentially, that someone is daring to steal the money that they are stealing from someone else. Although told that this is just part of the business "If you hire a guy to steal for you, he's gonna steal a little for himself" , their anger and greed ends up partially triggering the downfall of everyone.

I Can Change My Beloved: Ace thinks he can do this with Ginger. The whole reason the mob bought into a Vegas casino is so they could skim cash right out of the count room. Even victims of point-blank head shots react for a split second before dying. Phillip Green, the man the mobsters arranged to be their 'squeaky clean' front man, turns out to be a crook who cheated his partner in a real estate deal, thus bringing a lot of unwanted police attention on them.

Everybody is punished by his own sins, in conformity to Hollywood morality and Scorsese's Christian upbringing, except For all the illegal and immoral activities going on in Las Vegas and inside the Tangiers, it's ultimately only when Sam does something he is entirely justified and right in doing — firing a stupid, useless employee who doesn't know what he's doing — that things start to fall apart.

Then again, Sam always stayed "non-political" and never knew too much about the Mafia's operations. Nicky, as mentioned under At Least I Admit It , thinks that the sort of old school thuggery that he employs is ultimately the heart of what being a gangster is, and has no use for the semi-legit, more white collar sort of crime that Ace and the bosses are converting to. Possibly because it's fairly obvious that he would never fit in with such a plan. It results in Nicky being brutally murdered when he won't change and his exploits threaten everyone involved.

Ace, on the other hand, rolls with the changing times and lands on his feet. The mob bosses , since everybody else pretty much ends up dead, and there's a good chance they won't be going to jail anyways. Ace got off pretty easy when compared to Nicky and the others who meet with unfortunate consequences.

His sins were much lesser than most of these to begin with and it gets explained because he still is a very good earner. Frank Marino is likely promoted to Nicky's position at the end despite being his right-hand in many transgressions and fooled the bosses with some lies.

Phillip Green , aside from getting questioned over extortion and the murder of his "partner" , seems to get away with merely being bought out by corporations as he's rarely mentioned after halfway through.

Nicky, viciously beaten along with his brother and dumped into a hole alive , and Ginger, who's possibly murdered via deliberate drug overdose. Nicky can get practically any woman he wants, despite being short, fat and far from conventionally attractive.

Being one of the most powerful mobsters in Vegas has its advantages. At the end, the bosses are facing charges so everyone connected to the skimming operation is taken care of. Some bosses would rather spare a few, such as Stone whom the mafioso's call "a fuckin' Marine" in terms of being able to remain quiet, but as Remo puts it "why take a chance? Ginger's and Nicky's life mistakes catch up to them, and Piscano dies of a Heart attack on the spot. Only Ace survives because he is a big earner, too valuable to waste.

Ginger turns into this as her marriage goes downhill. Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Nicky, the number one jewel thief of the town, opens a jewelry store called The Gold Rush and a restaurant called The Leaning Tower. The restaurant is frequented by numerous celebrities and important figures, many of whom are eager for the chance to rub elbows with a "legitimate businessman" like Nicky.

It's written on the wall that The Tangiers is mob controlled. The local authorities happily tolerate it as long as the managers stay in line and play ball. When Ginger goes off the deep end Billy Sherbert shows up at Sam's place with a shotgun. Ace's criminal record makes him inelegible for a gambling license, but the only thing he has to do is to apply for one. The state law says that he can work in a casino while the application is being processed, so after a while he changes his nominal job; rinse and repeat.

Since his corporation is pouring a lot of money into Las Vegas the authorities have no reason to be inquisitive or do things by the book Sam gives them reasons later, though. Love at First Sight: Sam falls for Ginger on the spot, when she is throwing away the winnings of another guy, no less.

Nicky and all the people Nicky and Sam report to. Notably, the main character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, isn't a "made man" formal member and, being Jewish, isn't even eligible. Make an Example of Them: Discussed by Sam when he orders the physical punishment of a cheater with a hammer. Ace is rather lenient with his other accomplice, letting him choose between the money plus the hammer or just walking out, a subverted Sadistic Choice if Sam meant to be true to his word.

The first cheater is threatened with a saw but ends up 'only' with a 'hammered' hand. Remo instructs Nicky to pull no punches to enforce the trope after a mob bar is assaulted. The offender was the vise-guy The reason why the Santoro brothers are buried alive. The Man Behind the Man: Multiple levels of this.

Green is the official head of the Tangiers Corporation, but he takes orders from Andy Stone, the head of the Teamsters' Pension Fund which put up the money to buy the casino. Stone in turn takes orders from The Mafia bosses who actually control the Teamsters' Union.

Billy Sherbert is the Casino Manager, but he takes all his orders from Ace, who was given that position by Stone, and so on. Lampshaded by Ace on the casino security system: In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses.

The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all. Lester has Ginger completely wrapped around his finger for much of the movie. However, Ace trumps him as a Magnificent Bastard and easily neutralizes him when he actually confronts him.

Nicky also seems to be manipulating Ginger in order to get his hands on the millions in jewelery that Ace has entrusted to her.

For that matter, Ginger isn't adverse to this trope either, being quite willing to turn on the waterworks and the puppy eyes whenever Ace confronts her about anything. The more their marriage breaks down the more savvy he is about this. The opening titles, and the last third of the film seem to do this most.

In the pursuit of his own criminal endeavors, Nicky seriously undermines Rothstein's efforts to run the casino. Unlike the typical Load, Nicky is actually very good at what he does; strong-arming people and pulling heists. It's the fact that he wants to be the Boss of Las Vegas that screws Ace over. For his part, Nicky doesn't really care about how it affects Ace or even his bosses. Overlaps with Poisonous Friend. Piscano, the underboss of Kansas City.

He is supposed to keep the scheme under control but the guy is disgruntled and just talks and complains about the skimming operation all the time He also feels he is being fleeced so he starts an expense report book. The FBI bugs Piscano's place looking for information about some obscure homicide, they instead find the Casino scheme.

Lampshaded by the narration. Being played by Sharon Stone , a natural fit. Heck, even in the dramatic scene where Ace ends up dragging Ginger across the floor to the closet to get her stuff Of a sort; the guy who tells Ace to 'shove that pen up your ass' would probably not have been so keen to throw his weight around had he known that Nicky was standing right next to him. And he soon learns his mistake. Boy , does he learn his mistake. Ace and Nicky, as well as Nicky's eventual killer.

Nice to the Waiter: Nicky abuses the croupiers, who have to take it stoically. No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ace boasts of securing a thinly-disguised Siegfried and Roy for the Tangiers. The soundtrack, which goes from the late Sixties to the Eighties, is amazing. As is the use of Bach's The Passion of St. Matthew in the opening and closing of the film. Nicky repeatedly stabs a guy in the neck with a pen after the man behaves rudely towards Ace. Nicky gets his name in a Black Book and is banned from the casinos.

Sam warns him beforehand but Nicky mocks the issue as the book only has two names and one of them is still Al Capone and continues to generate waves. Then he laments, as the ban hurts his operations. Suggested with Ace, who sets up shop in San Diego in the end. His real life counterpart was banned from Las Vegas.

Nicky is highly competent at any task involving violence or intimidation, which gets him promoted to a job that requires tact and subtlety. Nicky's relationship with his son.

Nicky chides a degenerate gambler for his vice but still gives him heating bill money for the sake of his family, twice. Ace's relationship with his daughter is also a redeeming characteristic of his as well. Also, Frank Marino lies to one of the Mafia bosses to protect Nicky, Ace and Ginger- all the while knowing that he'll be killed as well if the truth is discovered.

Sam schemes a fake airplane breakdown in order to retain a whale , a high-stakes player and billionaire cheapskate , who wins a lot of money in the casino.

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