What is a Casino?
A Casino is a public place that houses gambling games and provides customers with drinks, food and other services to help them enjoy their time there. Some casinos also offer stage shows, dramatic scenery and other entertainment. A casino usually has strict rules about who can enter. Most casinos have security cameras to prevent cheating and stealing. Because of the large amounts of money that move through a casino, staff and patrons may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion or independently. As a result, casinos spend a great deal of time and effort on security. Most have security cameras located throughout the facility, which can be viewed by casino employees in a room filled with banks of monitors.
The main source of income for most casinos is slot machines, which are essentially mechanical devices that allow players to place bets by pulling handles or pushing buttons. Varying bands of colored shapes roll on reels (actual physical ones or video representations of them) and when the right pattern comes up, the player wins a predetermined amount of money. Most casinos have one type of slot machine that appeals to big bettors, while others are designed to attract smaller bettors or a mix of players.
In addition to these traditional games, many casinos feature traditional Far Eastern games, such as sic bo, fan-tan and pai gow poker. Several Asian-based gaming companies have expanded their operations to Europe and America, making it possible for people to gamble in venues that are culturally familiar to them.