What Is a Casino?


A casino, also known as a gaming house or a gambling establishment, is a place where people can gamble and play games of chance. Casinos are often combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shopping, cruise ships or other tourist attractions. In some countries, casinos are regulated by law. Some casinos are owned by governments, while others are private.

Some casinos are very large and have multiple floors and rooms. They offer a wide variety of games, including slot machines, blackjack, roulette and craps. Some have stage shows and dramatic scenery. Most casinos are located in cities that are famous for tourism or have a significant amount of business from tourists.

Most casinos have security measures in place to prevent cheating and stealing. Some casinos have catwalks that allow surveillance personnel to look directly down at the table and slots from above. Security measures vary by country and type of casino.

In the United States, the largest casino is in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other major casinos are in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois. Some American Indian casinos are also large and provide a variety of gambling activities. In the past, many states outlawed casinos, but in the 1980s they began to legalize them and build them on Native American reservations. This was part of a wider movement to privatize public services, which included public housing and education. This trend has been resisted in some places, but in other areas, such as public parks and roads, privatization has been successful.