The Glitz, Glamour and Action of Casinos
The glitz, glamour and action of Casinos have made them world famous. While gambling makes up only a fraction of the total appeal, these glamorous establishments often offer restaurants, spas, shops, and theaters for non-gamblers. Some are historic, while others are modern glass and steel temples to overindulgence.
The precise origin of casinos is unknown, but it is generally believed that the casino as an entertainment venue dates to Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, then spread through Greece and Rome. Gambling in some form has been part of almost every culture in the world.
In general, the games offered by casinos include dice (baccarat and craps), card games such as blackjack and poker, roulette, and various slot machines. Some casinos also feature traditional Far Eastern games such as sic bo, fan-tan and pai gow. Casinos are licensed by governments to operate as gambling establishments, and must meet strict operating standards. They must be secure and have a high level of customer service. Casinos are a major source of employment and revenue in many countries, and they attract visitors from all over the world.
Some of the biggest casinos in the world are based in Las Vegas, but there are also several in Europe and Asia. They have huge gaming floors, state-of-the-art rooms for table games and slots, and a wide range of amenities for their guests to enjoy. They also reward their big spenders with free or reduced-fare travel, hotel rooms, meals and other gifts called comps.