What Is a Casino?


A casino is an establishment for certain types of gambling. It may be part of a larger resort and feature hotels, restaurants, retail shops, and even a cruise ship. The term can also refer to a standalone building. The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with most of the entertainment (and profits) coming from games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno are just some of the games that draw in patrons from around the world.

The design of a casino is meant to keep the patrons happy and to make them forget that they are actually gambling. That’s why the interiors are designed to give off a luxurious taste, with plush carpeting and richly tiled hallways. The lighting is usually dimmed, and music can be played loudly to add an air of excitement. Casinos on the Las Vegas strip take this to another level, with flashing lights and a large prize of some kind, such as a sports car, displayed prominently.

The use of technology in casinos has grown considerably since the 1990s. Computers now routinely monitor the action at tables, and electronic systems in roulette wheels help detect any deviation from expected results. Elaborate surveillance systems also allow security personnel to watch the entire casino floor from a room filled with banks of security cameras. In addition, some casinos offer “comps” to high rollers, ranging from free rooms and meals to tickets to shows.