A casino is a place where people play games of chance for money or other prizes. It is also called a gambling house or a gaming club. Some casinos specialize in certain types of games, such as poker or baccarat. Others have a wide range of games. The most famous casino is in Las Vegas, but there are also casinos in other cities, including Atlantic City, New Jersey. Many states have legalized casinos.

A modern casino is much like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of the entertainment (and profits for the owners) coming from gambling on games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette and craps generate the billions in profits that casino owners rake in each year. Musical shows, shopping centers, elaborate hotel themes and other amenities help draw the crowds.

Security is a vital part of casino operation. Casino employees keep an eye on the action to spot blatant cheating, and each table has a manager or pit boss who watches the game closely. More sophisticated casinos have high-tech eye-in-the-sky surveillance systems, and each patron is watched by a bank of cameras that can be adjusted to zoom in on suspicious behavior.

Some casinos offer special inducements to big bettors, such as free spectacular entertainment, limousine transport and luxurious living quarters. Most have restaurants that serve food from around the world, and some have bars and lounges where patrons can relax with a drink between bets.