What Is a Casino?


A casino is an establishment for gambling. Many casinos are combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shopping or other tourist attractions. Some casinos are also known for hosting live entertainment events, such as stand-up comedy shows or concerts. In some countries, the term casino may also refer to a licensed gambling club.

The elegant spa town of Baden-Baden first became a playground for Europe’s royalty and aristocracy 150 years ago, and its casino today remains among the most lavishly outfitted on earth. The casino occupies a whopping 165,000 square feet, including two tiers of slot machines and table games. Non-gamblers are treated to an art gallery, three restaurants and a flexible auditorium for live performances.

In the United States, the largest concentration of casinos is in Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Chicago. The number of casinos has also increased in other states where the law allows them to operate. In addition, some casinos are located on Native American reservations and are not subject to state anti-gambling laws.

Casinos make money by charging a fee to patrons who place bets, called the house edge or vigorish. This advantage is usually very small, less than two percent of total bets placed. However, the large amount of money that casinos handle makes them vulnerable to cheating and theft by staff and patrons, either in collusion or independently. To counter this, most casinos have security measures, the most basic of which are cameras.

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