What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where gambling activities take place. It is often built near or combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shops, cruise ships and other tourist attractions. Casinos are often operated by private corporations, Native American tribes or municipal governments. Successful casinos bring in billions of dollars each year for the companies, investors, and local and state governments that operate them.

Most of the games offered in casinos are based on chance, but there is some skill involved in some of them as well. Players use the skills they have learned and their knowledge of odds to increase their chances of winning. The games are supervised by casino employees, who make sure all wagers are placed correctly and that there are no cheating attempts.

To ensure the integrity of the games, casinos invest heavily in security measures. For example, a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” surveillance system watches every table, change window and doorway in the building; cameras can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons; and roulette wheels are electronically monitored regularly to discover any statistical deviation from their expected results. Casinos are also required to keep patron identification cards and check them at the entrance, exit and throughout the gaming area.

Most casinos add a variety of luxury amenities to attract gamblers, including restaurants, free drinks, stage shows and dramatic scenery. Some even provide players with hotel rooms, transportation and elegant living quarters, although these perks come at a cost to the house’s bottom line.