What Is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people play games of chance. It can be a large resort, a small card room or a floating casino on a riverboat. In the United States, casinos are found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and many American Indian reservations, as well as in Mexico.


Modern casinos have specialized casino security departments that monitor patrons, dealers and table game pit bosses by closed circuit television (CTV). Cameras in the ceiling watch each table, change window and doorway and are adjusted to focus on suspicious gamblers by casino security staff in a separate room filled with bank of video monitors.

In addition, a casino’s security team keeps tabs on gambling addicts and people who cheat at slot machines by looking for betting patterns that indicate a possible cheater. A casino’s security employees also work closely with the police to catch criminals who commit crimes at the casino.


Casinos reward loyal customers with free hotel rooms, dinners, tickets to shows and other perks called “complimentaries.” These perks are designed to encourage gamblers to spend more money, which translates into higher profits for the casino. Typically, the casino offers these comps to big bettors who place large amounts of money on a single wager or spend hours at the slots.

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