What is a Casino?


A Casino is a public place where a variety of games of chance are played. The main activity is gambling, though a few casinos also offer other amenities.

In the United States, a number of legal casinos are operated by companies including Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s, Horseshoe and Eldorado. The biggest casinos are located in Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Slot machines are the most popular casino game, with hundreds if not thousands of them available in many casinos. They are based on random number generators, so there is no human involvement in the process of payouts; the payouts are determined by computer chips inside the machine.

Roulette and craps are other casino games. Craps is a French favorite, while roulette is a principal American game. In both cases, the odds are regulated by the casino to make them attractive to large bettors.

Elaborate security measures are in use at casinos to prevent cheating and theft. Security cameras are installed throughout the building to keep an eye on all patrons, and windows and doors can be opened for surveillance purposes.

Aside from these technological measures, casino staff enforce security rules, and the casinos themselves conduct regular audits of their operations to check for problems. Some games, such as blackjack and baccarat, have special procedures to detect cheating and fraud; for example, casinos have introduced “chip tracking” systems that allow betting chips to be tracked by electronic devices in the tables.