What Is a Casino?


A Casino is a facility where people can gamble on games of chance. While many casinos add other luxuries, such as restaurants and stage shows, they all share the basic characteristic of a gambling establishment.

Gambling has long been a popular pastime in the United States, but it wasn’t until Nevada legalized casino gambling in 1931 that it became an industry. Before that, it was illegal to wager money on gambling in most places. But even after the industry was legalized, it took decades for it to grow.

Something about gambling (probably the presence of large amounts of money) seems to encourage cheating and stealing by patrons. That’s why casinos spend so much time, effort and money on security. They employ highly trained personnel to watch over the casino floor and monitor the patrons for any suspicious activities. Elaborate surveillance systems offer a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” that allows casino security to watch every table, window and doorway. The system can also be adjusted to focus on specific patrons by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors.

Most casinos offer comps, or free goods and services, to “good” players who spend a lot of money on gaming. These perks can include anything from free hotel rooms and meals to show tickets and limo service to airline tickets. To promote these benefits, casinos display positive reviews and testimonials from guests and lucky winners on their websites and social media channels.