What Is a Casino?


A casino is a gambling establishment where a variety of games of chance are offered. The term may also be applied to an entire complex of facilities, including hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Casinos are usually combined with other tourist attractions such as theme parks and shopping centers. They may also be located on cruise ships or in remote locations such as islands and racetracks. In the United States, there are hundreds of casinos. Most are operated by large casino corporations, investors or Native American tribes. They generate billions of dollars in revenue each year, which benefits the companies, individuals and organizations that own and operate them as well as the local and state governments that regulate them.

The opulent spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany was a playground for European royalty and the aristocracy 150 years ago, but today it attracts visitors from all over the world seeking to try their luck at one of the most lavishly outfitted casinos in the world. The hotel’s main casino features a refined tropical motif that earned the awe-inspiring accolade of being declared by German actress Marlene Dietrich to be “the most beautiful casino in the world.”

Because of the large amounts of money handled within casinos, there is the potential for cheating and stealing by patrons and staff. To counteract this, security personnel use cameras and enforce rules of conduct. Additionally, the routines and patterns of casino gaming follow certain conventions that make it easier for security people to spot irregular behavior.