What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where certain types of gambling can be done. Modern casinos add stage shows, restaurants and other amenities but they would not exist without games of chance like slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno that provide the billions in profits they rake in every year.

The word casino derives from the Latin word for “house of games.” It is a place where people can play various games of chance. The first casino was in Monte-Carlo, which opened in 1863 and is still considered the world’s most famous. Casinos are also located in Spain, Portugal and Germany.

Something about the nature of casinos encourages cheating and stealing. That’s why casinos are so heavily invested in security. Elaborate surveillance systems offer a high-tech eye-in-the-sky, with cameras that watch every table, change window and doorway. Cameras can be adjusted to focus on particular patrons and can be reviewed later if a suspicious activity is detected.

In the twenty-first century, casinos are choosier about who they let on their floors and which games they play. They concentrate their investments on “high rollers,” gamblers who bet tens of thousands of dollars or more on each spin of the wheel. These players are given special attention and comps such as free rooms, meals and tickets to shows.

Before you go to a casino, decide how much money you’re willing to lose and how much you want to win. That way, you’ll know when to walk away from the tables or slots. Using a timer and staying within your budget is the best way to prevent losing more than you can afford.