What Is a Casino?


A casino is a gambling establishment that provides a variety of games of chance. These include slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and poker. Casinos can be found around the world and provide a form of entertainment that is popular in many societies. The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the bulk of its profits coming from gambling. Musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers may draw in customers, but casinos would not exist without games of chance.

Casinos are staffed by a team of people to ensure the integrity of the games. Dealers watch patrons and spot cheating techniques such as palming, marking or switching cards and dice. They also have a “higher-up” who watches the whole floor for suspicious behavior. Casinos also use sophisticated technology to monitor the games themselves. For example, betting chips have microcircuitry that interacts with electronic systems to keep track of the exact amount wagered minute-by-minute and warn if any unusual pattern develops. Roulette wheels are monitored regularly for statistical deviations. Video cameras are used to track players, and their video feeds are watched in a separate room full of banks of security monitors.

The casino in the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany, is designed to fit into its Black Forest surroundings. Its elegance is carried over into its red-and-gold poker rooms and dozens of blackjack and roulette tables. It is one of the more aesthetically pleasing casinos on this list.