What is a Casino?


A casino (also spelled ca*ino and cassi*no) is an establishment for certain types of gambling. Casinos are often built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shops, and other tourist attractions. Some casinos also offer shows and other entertainment events. In the United States, casinos are generally licensed by state governments. Nevada is famous for its many casinos, and Atlantic City is a popular destination.

Some casinos specialize in particular games, such as baccarat (in its popular variant chemin de fer), blackjack, or trente et quarante. Others are more general in nature, offering a variety of card and table games. Casinos are increasingly open to women, and the presence of a large number of Asian customers has led some to introduce Far Eastern games such as sic bo, fan-tan, or pai gow.

A casino is a great place to scratch that itch to gamble, but be careful. Something about casinos seems to encourage people to cheat, steal or try to game the system. For this reason, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security. Security personnel monitor everything that goes on in the casino, and cameras in the ceiling can zoom in on suspicious patrons at a moment’s notice. Mathematicians and computer programmers who analyze the probability of winning and losing at casino games are called gaming mathematicians and analysts, respectively. Windows and clocks are rare in casino buildings, because they can distract players from the fact that they are spending a lot of money.