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What Is a Casino?

A casino, also known as a gambling house or a gaming room, is an establishment for certain types of gambling. Most casinos are combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shops or other tourist attractions and offer a variety of games. Some casinos are renowned for their high stakes.

A large percentage of money in a casino is handled by employees, and because of this, security is an important consideration. Because casino patrons and staff are often tempted to cheat or steal, in collusion with each other or independently, casinos have strict security measures in place. These range from cameras to rules and regulations regarding the physical possession of chips.

The most prestigious casinos in the world combine high-end hotel accommodations, Michelin star restaurants and luxury designer stores with top-billed entertainment shows. These palatial destinations cost a pretty penny but, for the rich and famous, they’re worth every dollar.

While most casinos are located in the United States, several countries in Europe changed their laws in the 1980s and ’90s to permit them. They are also found on American Indian reservations and in cruise ships. Some of the largest are in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Macau. In addition to gambling, casinos may have a range of other facilities such as sports books and horse racing. Guests are usually required to wear proper attire. Many casinos have bars and restaurants, while others have a nightclub and live entertainment. Some have theaters, where musical acts and stand-up comedy performances are performed.