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What Is a Casino?


A casino is an establishment for certain types of gambling. Some casinos are combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants and/or entertainment venues. Some states have laws that regulate the operation of casinos. Others have outlawed them altogether. In the United States, there are a number of legal casino gaming establishments, including Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Indian reservations.

Gambling in its various forms has been a popular pastime throughout history. The exact origin is unknown, but it’s believed that gambling has existed in almost every culture on earth. Casinos are like indoor amusement parks for adults and draw in billions of dollars in profits each year from gamblers. While musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers add to the fun, the majority of casino profits are generated by games of chance such as blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat.

Security is an enormous concern for casinos. Casinos spend a great deal of time and money on monitoring game play to look for cheating and other anomalies. This monitoring extends far beyond the casino floor to include a multitude of cameras positioned in rooms filled with security monitors. These cameras allow security personnel to watch every table, window and doorway at once.

Despite the high-tech security systems, casinos remain a dangerous place for cheaters and thieves. Something about gambling (or maybe the fact that so much money is on the line) encourages people to try to beat the system. That’s why casinos concentrate their security efforts on the “high rollers,” or those who bet a lot of money. These bettors often receive extravagant inducements such as free spectacular entertainment, luxury hotel rooms, reduced-fare transportation and other items.