What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people can play certain types of gambling games for money. Casinos are often built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shops, cruise ships and other tourist attractions. Some casinos also host live entertainment, such as stand-up comedy shows and concerts.

Modern casinos are a bit like an indoor amusement park for adults, with lighted fountains, elaborate stage shows and top-notch hotels. But the vast majority of a casino’s profits come from games of chance, such as slot machines, blackjack, roulette and craps. These games, along with baccarat and keno, account for the billions of dollars in profit that casinos make every year.

In a casino, patrons bet on the outcome of a game, and winning bets are paid out according to odds set by the house. Unlike the home version of these games, in which players sit around a table designed for the particular game being played, in a casino game the player’s bets are placed on a specially equipped table where a croupier or dealer enables the game and manages payments.

Casinos must have ample security to prevent cheating, theft and violence by both patrons and staff. The large amounts of cash handled by a casino make it a prime target for criminal activity. A casino’s staff must constantly patrol the floor to spot suspicious behavior. Casinos also have sophisticated surveillance systems with cameras that can be adjusted to monitor any area of the facility at a moment’s notice.