What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where gamblers risk money in games of chance. It has musical shows, lighted fountains and shops, but the vast majority of the fun for visitors (and profits for the owners) comes from gambling. Slot machines, roulette, blackjack, poker and keno all contribute to the billions of dollars that casinos rake in every year.

Casinos use high-tech methods to keep patrons safe. Chips have built-in microcircuitry that lets casinos know the exact amount that has been wagered on a game minute by minute; roulette wheels are electronically monitored regularly to discover any statistical deviations from their expected results. Cameras mounted throughout the casinos give a bird’s-eye view of the entire floor and can be directed to focus on suspicious people by security workers in a room filled with monitors.

Casinos attract a range of gamblers from all over the world. Some, like the one at Monte-Carlo, are known for their lavishness and luxurious surroundings. Others, such as the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest, cater to wealthy Europeans seeking a respite from their hectic lives. While many casinos offer the usual fare of food, drinks and entertainment, some go further by offering perks such as private planes and concierge service.