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What Is a Casino?


A Casino is a gambling establishment that attracts visitors by offering them the opportunity to gamble. The games offered include slot machines, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps and more. Some casinos are very elaborate and provide a great experience for the visitor. Some even offer free food and drinks. Others are smaller and more simple, but still attract a large number of visitors.

While music shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers help draw in visitors, casinos would not exist without the billions of dollars in profits generated by games of chance. The advantage of a casino game may be as small as two percent, but that figure adds up over the millions of bets placed by patrons each year.

Something about gambling seems to encourage cheating, stealing and other questionable behavior. This is why casinos spend so much time and money on security. Casino employees keep a close eye on the tables and machines, looking for anything out of the ordinary. Security personnel also work with local law enforcement to ensure that casinos are operating within the law.

Casinos often reward their most loyal players with gifts such as free hotel rooms, meals, tickets to shows and even limo service and airline tickets. This is called comping. Players should ask a casino employee or someone at the information desk how to get their play rated and qualify for comps. Federal taxes are payable on all casino winnings, but the amounts withheld depend on state regulations and the size of the winnings.