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What is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people gamble. It may also have a hotel, restaurants and other entertainment. A casino can be located in a city, a rural area or on an island. People can play games like roulette, baccarat and blackjack and win money. People can also place bets on sports events and horse races.

Gambling has been part of human life for millennia. Archeological evidence shows that dice were used in China around 2300 BC, and cards showed up in Europe in the 1400s. The word casino was coined in 1931 in Nevada, but it took years before gambling became legal outside that state.

Modern casinos are choosy about who they allow to gamble. They focus on high-stakes gamblers, offering them special rooms, comps (free items) and other perks that encourage them to spend more than the average person. They also have elaborate security systems, such as a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” system that allows surveillance personnel to watch the entire casino floor from a control room.

The typical casino patron is a forty-six-year-old female with an above-average income. In 2008, 24% of Americans reported visiting a casino. The largest casino in the world is in Ledyard, Connecticut, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe and named Foxwoods Resort Casino. It has 4.7 million square feet of gambling space. Most American casinos are owned by businessmen with deep pockets and a desire to draw affluent visitors from across the country.