What Is a Casino?


A casino is a gambling establishment that provides entertainment for players, including slot machines, blackjack, poker, and other games of chance. This form of gambling has been around for decades, but the development of Las Vegas in the 1930s marked a major shift.

Gambling in a Casino

A modern casino is essentially an indoor amusement park, complete with slots, black jack roulette, craps, keno and other games that pay out billions of dollars to customers. It is a highly profitable business for casinos, companies and Native American tribes, as well as state and local governments.

How Casinos Persuade People to Gamble

The most obvious way that casinos persuade gamblers is through the casino’s atmosphere. Casinos have designed their facilities to evoke the idea of a five-star resort, with slot machines, free drinks, luxury suites, clubs, pools, concerts and golf courses.

How Casinos Make Money

The odds of winning a game in a casino are usually mathematically determined, and so the house always has an edge over the player. This advantage is referred to as the house edge and is expressed as a percentage of the expected value of a game.

How Casinos Attract Big Bettors

The high rollers, or gamblers who spend a lot more than average, make up most of the profits in a casino. These high rollers usually gamble in special rooms, separate from the main casino floor, where their stakes can be tens of thousands of dollars.