What is a Casino?


A casino is a place where people gamble and play games of chance. It is a fun and exciting way to spend money and can be a great stress reliever. Many casinos also have shows and restaurants. These are great places to celebrate a win or commiserate after a loss. Some people even take weekend bus trips to casinos with friends or family. Gambling can be addictive and is not for everyone, so it is important to set limits on how much you will bet and how long you will stay at the casino.

Elaborate surveillance systems offer a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” that lets security workers watch every table, window and doorway. The cameras can be adjusted to focus on certain patrons by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors. Security personnel can also track suspicious behavior or cheating by watching the replays of video poker, roulette and craps.

In the past, organized crime figures supplied the money that financed Reno and Las Vegas casinos and controlled the operations. Mob members also took a personal interest in the casinos, taking sole or partial ownership of them and threatening to violently punish employees they perceived as dishonest. Federal crackdowns and the risk of losing their gambling license at the faintest hint of mob involvement forced casinos to distance themselves from the Mafia. Real estate investors and hotel chains bought the mobsters out and began running their casinos without mob interference.