What Is a Casino?



A casino (also known as a gambling house, gaming house or gaming establishment) is a facility where people can gamble. The games vary and are based on chance, although some have an element of skill.

A land-based casino typically includes a large number of slot machines and table games. The biggest casinos are located in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, but there are many smaller ones across the country.

What Are the Biggest Casinos in the World?

The Venetian Macao, in Macau, is the largest casino on Earth and the sixth-largest building in the world. It cost $2.4 billion to build, and is impressive inside and out.

Poker is another popular game in casinos. You can find poker tables at most commercial casinos, and hundreds of tribal casinos.

Various Asian casino games are also played, including sic bo, fan-tan and pai gow. Some European casinos may also offer French boule and kalooki, as well as some other traditional Far Eastern games.

Security in Casinos

A major concern for any casino is the potential for fraud or criminal activity. Both patrons and staff may be tempted to cheat and steal, in collusion or independently.

Security in a casino usually includes a physical security force that patrols the property and responds to reports of suspicious activity. It also features a specialized surveillance department that watches for possible threats.

Casinos are becoming increasingly associated with entertainment these days, and it is not uncommon to find Michelin star restaurants and performances by pop stars and stand-up comedians in some of the larger resorts. The main goal of casino security is to keep guests safe and secure while still enjoying the leisurely experience of a casino.