What to Look for in a Casino


A casino is a place where people can play a variety of games of chance for money. Many casinos add luxuries such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows to attract customers. But the main reason to visit a casino is to gamble.

The casino business grew steadily through the 1950s, but legitimate businesses were wary of investing in gambling establishments. Mafia figures, however, had ample cash from their drug dealing, extortion and other illegal activities, and they were willing to put their money where their mouth was. They invested heavily in Las Vegas and Reno and became major owners of some casinos, even taking sole or partial ownership in order to control operations and influence outcomes.

In modern casinos, security begins on the casino floor, where employees keep a close eye on patrons to spot cheating or suspicious behavior. Dealers are able to see blatant cheating such as palming or marking cards and dice, and pit bosses and table managers can watch for betting patterns that could indicate cheating. Each employee on the casino floor also has a higher-up supervisor who watches them from a distance and checks in on them periodically.

In addition to security, a casino must also consider its customer base. Some people may prefer to play at a casino with low betting limits, while others will want to gamble for larger sums of money. In this case, a casino should have VIP or High Roller tables with higher betting limits to accommodate these types of players.