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What is a Casino?

A casino is an establishment for gambling. Most casinos offer a wide variety of games such as poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and bingo. They may also have restaurants, hotels, and even retail shopping. Some are large enough to host live entertainment events like stand-up comedy or concerts. Casinos are most often found near or combined with resorts, hotels, restaurants, cruise ships and other tourist attractions. The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is one such example. It is wildly huge (there are nearly 400 gaming tables and 6,000+ slot machines) and offers more than just gambling.

While lighted fountains, elaborate theme parks and hotel complexes help draw in patrons, the vast majority of a casino’s profits come from its games of chance. Slot machines, roulette, baccarat, craps and other games of chance make up the bulk of the billions of dollars in profits casinos rake in every year. While the games of chance themselves are simple, something about them encourages people to cheat or steal – either in collusion with other players or independently; thus casinos spend a great deal of time and money on security. Most casinos have multiple cameras in place and use a number of other security measures. They also rely on the fact that most gamblers follow certain patterns in their behavior and habits; thus it is much easier for security personnel to spot anything out of the ordinary.