What is a Casino?


A casino, also known as a gaming house or gambling hall, is an establishment offering various games of chance. While a casino’s lavish hotels, theater shows and shopping centers help draw in patrons, it is the games that bring in billions of dollars in profits each year. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette and craps are the games most often seen in casinos. Other popular casino games include baccarat and poker.

While most people think of Las Vegas when they hear the word casino, other cities and countries have their own glitzy and glamorous establishments. For example, Macau is widely considered the world’s gambling capital and brings in more revenue than Vegas despite being three times smaller. The Venetian casino in Macau is modeled after the city of Venice and includes a Grand Canal Shoppes where gondoliers serenade guests.

In addition to offering a variety of gaming opportunities, casinos are designed with security in mind. Elaborate surveillance systems allow security personnel to monitor the activities of gamblers through a network of cameras that can be viewed on computer screens. In addition, many casinos feature “chip tracking” that allows them to follow the betting activity of players minute by minute.

Something about the atmosphere of a casino seems to encourage people to cheat, steal and scam their way into winnings. Because of this, casinos spend a great deal of time and money on security. They also try to lure in customers with free goods and services such as hotel rooms, meals and tickets to shows and events. These are commonly known as comps.