The Casino is a place where a variety of games of chance are housed. While casinos offer a number of luxuries to draw in patrons (like restaurants, free drinks, stage shows and dramatic scenery), the bulk of their entertainment and profits come from gambling on games like slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, keno and poker.
Casinos use a number of security measures to ensure the integrity of their games and patrons. These range from surveillance cameras to the more subtle ways in which they supervise the game’s activities. For example, casino floor managers are trained to watch for blatant cheating such as palming or marking cards and dice. Similarly, pit bosses can spot betting patterns that could indicate collusion among players. Additionally, many casinos have catwalks that allow security personnel to look directly down on the games from above.
Although gambling in some form has been present in every civilization, the modern casino has evolved into something more akin to an indoor amusement park than a traditional public house of chance. Musical shows, lighted fountains and elaborate hotels are just a few of the features that attract guests to this exciting and lucrative environment. Gambling is a huge business and the casino’s built in advantage, or “vig,” earns it millions in bets each year. This advantage is less than two percent in most cases, but it adds up over time and the enormous number of bets. It also helps to fund the casinos’ massive decorations, including towers, pyramids, castles and replicas of famous landmarks.