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What Is a Casino?


A casino, by definition, is a place where a variety of games of chance can be played for money. While musical shows, lighted fountains and elaborate themes are used to draw in patrons, the casinos would not exist without the billions of dollars raked in by the slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other gambling games.

Casinos can be found all over the world, though some have become better known than others. In general, the bigger the casino, the more games and services it offers. Some of the largest have hotels, restaurants and other amenities. Others have multiple gaming floors and a number of different games, while some are geared towards specific types of gamblers, such as high rollers.

The precise origins of casino games are unclear. It is believed that gambling in some form has been part of human society from ancient Mesopotamia and Greece to Napoleon’s France and Elizabethan England. However, it is clear that modern casinos have a much more complex business model than their forefathers.

Security is a major concern for all casinos. While dealers on the floor are highly trained to spot blatant cheating methods, such as palming or marking cards or dice, table managers and pit bosses keep an eye out for betting patterns that suggest that patrons are trying to steal chips. Casinos also rely on an “eye in the sky,” or cameras mounted to the ceiling that can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons.