What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people gamble. Almost all casinos are located in the United States, although a few are found in other countries. Some casinos are large, with multiple floors and dozens of gambling tables, while others are much smaller. The larger ones are designed to be a destination tourist attraction, with elaborate hotels and entertainment. In addition to offering gambling, many casinos also have restaurants and bars.

Because of the large amounts of money handled inside, both patrons and staff may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion with each other or on their own. This is why most casinos spend a lot of time and effort on security. For example, casinos use surveillance systems that monitor all areas of the facility. This system is able to watch every table, window and doorway of the casino and can be focused on suspicious patrons by security workers who sit in a room filled with banks of secure monitors. Moreover, the computers inside slot machines determine payouts randomly and do not require any human intervention.

Because of the built-in statistical advantage of the house, it is very rare for a casino to lose money on any one game. This virtual assurance of gross profit allows casinos to offer high bettors extravagant inducements such as free spectacular entertainment, limousine service and airline tickets. In addition, players who play for long periods of time or make large bets are rewarded with comps such as free hotel rooms, meals and even tickets to shows.