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What is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people play gambling games. In modern times, casinos usually add restaurants, free drinks and stage shows to encourage patrons to gamble. Casinos may also offer special inducements to big bettors. They might give them luxurious hotel rooms, free spectacular entertainment or even transportation and living quarters. This is called comping. Casinos also make money from the games themselves by taking a percentage of each bet, or a rake in poker and blackjack, and a fixed amount per hour for video poker machines.

Gambling in some form has been seen in almost every culture throughout history. Ancient Mesopotamia, China, Rome and Elizabethan England all had forms of gambling. In the modern world casinos are found all over the globe. They are often combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shops and cruise ships.

Although some casinos do have seedy reputations as gambling dens, they are usually safe and well run establishments. Casinos employ security guards to monitor their guests and prevent crime from happening on the premises. They also use sophisticated technology to supervise the gaming activities themselves. For example, betting chips with built-in microcircuitry allow casinos to track exactly how much is wagered minute by minute; roulette wheels are electronically monitored regularly so that any statistical deviation can be discovered quickly.

Newly built casinos often provide a lot of jobs in the area where they are located. This helps the local economy, and the money that is lost at the casino is spent on hotel rooms, food and other amenities. However, it is important to note that the majority of casino employees are not from the local area.