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What Is a Casino?


A casino is a facility where various types of gambling take place. Modern casinos are like indoor amusement parks for adults, with the vast majority of the entertainment (and profits for the owner) coming from games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and more provide the billions in profits that casinos rake in each year. In addition to these games, many casinos feature stage shows and other dazzling attractions.

Although the word “casino” is often associated with the Las Vegas strip, these facilities can be found in large cities around the world. Macau, for instance, is home to the largest casino in the world, while Atlantic City and Chicago both boast casinos that rank among the top three by revenue. Casino-type games can also be found at racetracks and on barges and boats on rivers and waterways across the United States.

Because of the huge amounts of money that are handled, casinos are a prime target for theft and cheating by both patrons and staff. To counteract this, security measures are in place ranging from a simple “eye-in-the-sky” camera system to elaborate surveillance systems that can detect and focus on suspicious behavior.

In order to maximize their profits, casinos concentrate their investments on high rollers — gamblers who wager a great deal of money. In return, these big bettors are given a number of extravagant inducements, including free spectacular entertainment, reduced-fare transportation and elegant living quarters. While this doesn’t guarantee a profit for the casino, it does ensure that it won’t lose more than it can afford to pay out in winnings.