What Is a Casino?


A casino is an entertainment establishment that draws customers by offering games of chance, such as blackjack, roulette, slot machines, baccarat and craps. Other activities like shopping, restaurants and live shows may also be offered. Casinos earn money by charging a percentage of each bet to the players. This can add up to billions of dollars in profits for casinos each year. Casinos are often decorated in bright and gaudy colors that are intended to stimulate and cheer the guests. They usually do not display clocks to prevent visitors from losing track of time and getting distracted. They may also offer comps to their best customers in the form of free rooms, meals, show tickets and even limo service and airline tickets.

Some casinos have a very distinctive theme, such as Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, which is known for its Roman architecture and star-studded entertainment (it is sometimes misspelled as ‘Caesars’). Other notable casinos include the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which is famous for its dancing fountains and high-end dining options; and the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, which has an enormous complex of pools and waterfalls, including a 200,000-gallon shark aquarium.

A casino’s security is a major concern because of the large amounts of cash that are handled there. Both patrons and employees may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion or independently. To counter this, casinos use surveillance cameras and other electronic devices to keep tabs on activities. In addition, many tables have betting chips with built-in microcircuitry that interact with the gaming machine to monitor the amount of money wagered minute by minute and alert dealers when there is an anomaly; and some casino games are electronically monitored to discover any statistical deviations from expected results.