What is a Casino?


The word casino is probably best known for the Bellagio in Las Vegas and the movie Ocean’s 11. These casinos have a lot of luxury and high-end entertainment options to draw people in to gamble. But a casino is much more than that, it is a whole complex management system. Casinos have to manage food and drinks, hotel rooms and gambling 24 hours a day. They also have to make sure that they are profitable.

Because of the slim margins involved in most casino games, they have to watch out for cheating and stealing. Most casinos have a number of security measures in place to prevent this. Casino managers monitor the floor and patrons with cameras. They listen to conversations in the counting room and keep an eye out for things like shady card handling. Table game pit bosses also have a close eye on the players and will call in suspicious or unusual activity to surveillance.

Almost all casinos have bright and sometimes gaudy decor. This is by design, as it has been shown to stimulate and cheer people up. The sound of slot machines making a loud noise when you win is another way that casinos encourage you to stay and play.

If a customer bets a large amount of money they are often extended what is called comps. These are free or reduced-fare transportation, rooms, meals and sometimes even casino chips to try and get you to come back and bet more money. Casinos will also comp people who lose so that they don’t feel so bad about it and will come back to gamble again.