What Is a Casino?


A casino is a large building that features games of chance and other entertainment. It is most known for its gambling tables and slot machines, but casinos also feature live entertainment, top-notch hotels, spas and restaurants.

Modern casinos use a combination of technology and rules to discourage crime and cheating. In many casinos, security workers are trained to detect the subtle signs of a crook in their patrons. In addition to physical security forces, casinos have specialized departments that oversee surveillance systems. These systems often include an “eye-in-the-sky” network of cameras that can be directed to specific tables, rooms and windows to look for suspicious activity. Casinos also spend significant amounts of money to prevent people from bringing in contraband items such as weapons and drugs.

Despite their strict rules and regulations, casinos often encourage social interaction among gamblers. For example, the walls of a casino are typically painted in bright and sometimes gaudy colors that are thought to stimulate the players and make them lose track of time. Some casinos even avoid putting clocks on their walls to further distract players. In addition, the sound of a jackpot or other large prize can be played constantly through speakers to remind the gamblers of what they are playing for.

While casinos have the potential to bring in large sums of money, they can be a drain on local economies. Studies indicate that the cost of treating problem gamblers and the loss of productivity from their addiction often outweigh any economic gains a casino might bring to a community.