What is a Casino?
The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of entertainment (and profits for the owners) coming from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno provide the billions of dollars in revenue that casinos earn each year. While musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and lavish hotels help draw in the customers, casinos would not exist without games of chance.
The origins of the word casino date back to Italy and once denoted a villa or summer house. During the second half of the 19th century, the term casino became synonymous with a collection of gaming or gambling rooms. Since that time, the casino has become one of the most popular places to gamble in the world.
With so much money being handled, casinos must take great care to protect their patrons from cheating and stealing. The vast majority of this security starts on the casino floor, where dealers and pit bosses keep an eye on patrons to ensure that they aren’t trying to manipulate the game results by palming cards, marking or switching dice and more. Many casinos also employ the use of high-tech cameras that monitor the games to detect any statistical deviations from the expected results.
The popularity of casinos has expanded beyond the United States, with several countries hosting legal gambling establishments. Many of these are located on American Indian reservations, which allow the establishments to skirt state antigambling laws.