What is a Casino?

What is a Casino?


A casino is a gambling establishment that offers a variety of games of chance (and sometimes skill) for money. Gambling almost certainly predates recorded history, with primitive protodice, carved knuckle bones, and dice found in ancient archaeological sites. The modern casino first developed in the 16th century, when a craze for gambling swept Europe. Rich Italian aristocrats would hold private parties, known as ridotti, where they could gamble and enjoy each other’s company in elegant living quarters.

The large amount of money handled in a casino, both by patrons and employees, makes the place vulnerable to theft and cheating. Casinos therefore spend a great deal of time and effort on security, ranging from cameras located throughout the facility to high-tech eye-in-the-sky systems that allow security workers to view all tables, windows, and doorways at once.

In addition, many casinos use bright and, at times, gaudy colors to stimulate the senses and keep players focused. Often there is music and crowds to add to the excitement. Alcoholic beverages are served freely by waiters who circulate through the floor, and nonalcoholic drinks are available as well. Casinos also avoid clocks on the walls because they can distract players and make it difficult to track time.

The most famous casinos are found in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, and other world-class cities. However, there are many casinos spread out across the United States and in countries around the globe. Each has its own unique theme and personality, but they all share a common denominator: They attract people who love to gamble.