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What is a Casino?

A casino is a place where people can play a variety of games of chance, including slot machines, table games like poker and blackjack, and wheel games such as roulette. The games often require strategic thinking and decision-making skills, and some offer the chance to win money if you have luck on your side. Table games typically feature physical components such as boards, cards, chips or dice, and the game is played by a dealer.

The casino industry is a multibillion dollar business, and casinos attract millions of visitors a year. While musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers help draw in patrons, the billions of dollars in profits that casinos bring in each year come from gambling. Slot machines, baccarat, blackjack, roulette and craps are just a few of the games that make casinos such profitable enterprises.

Although many states prohibit gambling, Nevada and Atlantic City have long been the centers of the casino industry. In the 1980s, however, several American Indian reservations began opening casinos, and state antigambling laws were relaxed to permit them. Casinos also appeared on riverboats and in cities around the country.

Most casinos are large entertainment complexes with a wide range of amenities and games, and they employ a variety of security measures to prevent cheating and theft by players or dealers. Video cameras and electronic systems are used to monitor table games, and betting chips have microcircuitry to allow casinos to oversee wagers minute-by-minute and to detect any deviation from the expected value of a game.