What is a Casino?


A casino is a place for gambling, typically built near or combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shopping, cruise ships and other tourist attractions. Most casinos also provide a variety of entertainment, including concerts and sports.

History and Origin of the word

The term “casino” is derived from the Italian word casin, which means “to gamble.” Although the word is commonly associated with Las Vegas, casinos are also found throughout Europe and the United States. The first modern casinos were modeled after the small clubhouses where Italians used to socialize, and the idea spread rapidly around the world.

Table games

The most popular casino games are blackjack, roulette and baccarat. These are played by croupiers, but some American casinos have slot machines and video poker machines.


Casinos spend a large amount of money on security. They use video surveillance systems and computers to monitor the casino games. They also use routines and patterns to detect suspicious behavior.

Increasingly, casino security involves the use of computer software to track betting chips and roulette wheels. This is to prevent people from stealing or cheating on their bets.

Security has become more sophisticated during the 1990s, with the advent of “chip tracking,” which uses microcircuitry to track every betting chip and alert the casino immediately if an anomaly is detected. Other technologies, such as “roller” technology on roulette wheels and “electronic keno,” which allows the casino to monitor every bet, are being developed.