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What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people can gamble on games of chance or skill. Whether it’s a massive resort or a small card room, casinos bring in billions of dollars each year. They have become tourist attractions in their own right and are found all over the world. Many of them are designed to impress with their size, beauty and mindblowing selection of games. They often include hotels, restaurants, non-gambling game rooms and even swimming pools. They are not just for adults — casinos appeal to families, too.

There are hundreds of different casino games, and each one has its own rules, payouts and odds. Some of them are more complicated than others, and some require a high level of skill. Players sit around a table and wager money on the outcome of certain events, with a croupier (dealer) enabling the games and managing payments. Casinos also offer free drinks and food to keep players happy. They may offer comps, or complimentary items, to big spenders – these can be anything from hotel rooms and dinners to show tickets and airline tickets.

The average casino patron is a forty-six-year-old woman from a household with an above-average income, according to a 2005 study by Roper Reports GfK NOP and the U.S. Gaming Panel by TNS. The gambling industry calls these people “recreational gamblers.” These people are more likely to visit a casino and bet real money on the games than younger adults. They are also more likely to spend more time at a casino and be more interested in the non-gambling activities, like eating, drinking, shopping and seeing a show.