What is a Casino?


A casino is a place for certain types of gambling. Slot machines, black jack, roulette, craps and keno are some of the many games that provide the billions in profits that casinos rake in every year. The casino has a lot of other entertainment options too, including live music, shows and food.

The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults. The vast majority of the entertainment comes from gambling, however. Slot machines, blackjack, baccarat and poker make up the bulk of the casino revenue. A few other games do exist, but most casinos focus on these three.

Most casinos are heavily guarded, with a physical security force patrolling the building and a specialized surveillance department. The latter uses a high-tech “eye in the sky” system to watch everyone in the facility at once. This system is very effective, as even a glance at the system can alert casino employees to a suspicious patron.

Although the casino business was historically dominated by mobster types, real estate investors and hotel chains bought out most of the mobsters in the 1980s, and today they control most of the casino industry. Some states have passed laws to prevent the formation of new casinos, but others encourage them by allowing them on American Indian reservations. Some people enjoy the thrill of gambling, but many others find it addictive. Problem gamblers generate a large percentage of the revenue in casinos, and they cost the economy a great deal through their lost productivity.