What Is a Casino?


A Casino is a place where gambling games are played. They are often combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shopping and other tourist attractions. There are many different types of gambling games in a casino. Some are based on chance, others require skill or strategy. Casinos often have a high-energy, fast-paced atmosphere. Many people find casino games exciting and addictive. Some casinos are even designed around the noise and light of the games.

While gambling probably predates recorded history, the modern casino as a collection of gaming options under one roof didn’t develop until the 16th century when a gambling craze swept Europe. The first gambling houses, called ridotti, were private clubs for the elite. These social gatherings were usually illegal, but the wealthy patrons who gathered there didn’t seem to care.

Security is a major concern for casinos. They spend a lot of time and money on surveillance technology to protect their investments. Cameras mounted in the ceiling offer a “eye-in-the-sky” view of every table, window and doorway. Security workers in a separate room can adjust the cameras to focus on suspicious patrons. Casino employees also watch over the patrons, looking for blatant cheating like palming, marking and switching cards or dice.

Something about gambling seems to encourage people to try to cheat, steal and scam their way into a jackpot instead of trying to win through pure luck. That’s why casinos are such a popular tourist attraction and why they spend so much on security.