Casino – The Place Where Games of Chance Are Played
Casino is a public place where games of chance are played. The gambling industry adds luxuries like musical shows, lighted fountains and top-notch hotels to attract customers, but casinos would not exist without games of chance, such as slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno. These games of chance provide the billions in profits that make casinos so profitable.
Something about gambling seems to encourage people to cheat and steal, either in collusion or independently. That’s why casinos spend a great deal of time, effort and money on security. Casinos use cameras to monitor the action, and security staff watch for patterns in betting. In addition, dealers and pit bosses have a broader view of table games to spot blatant cheating such as palming, marking or switching cards or dice.
While some of the more flamboyant casinos are located in Las Vegas, there are many others throughout the country and the world. Some are small, family-owned operations, while others are enormous resorts such as the City of Dreams in Macau. Casinos also open on Indian reservations, which are not subject to state antigambling laws.
The biggest casinos in the world are owned by hotel and real estate companies. These companies have more deep pockets than mobsters, and they’re not afraid of federal crackdowns or losing a license to operate. This has kept gangsters out of the business, and allowed legitimate casinos to flourish. Some are even run by Donald Trump or the Hilton hotel company.