A casino is a place where people can gamble and win money. It is also a place where you can enjoy different drinks and meals.

The word casino is derived from the Italian word that means little house. It was originally used to describe a villa or summer house, but it has now come to denote gambling establishments that offer a variety of games of chance, such as slots, roulette, blackjack, craps, and keno.

Casinos make money from a mathematical advantage that gives them an edge over their customers. This advantage is called the house edge, and it ensures that a casino has a positive profit on every game they play.


Casino security starts on the floor, where employees keep an eye on the games and the patrons. Dealers focus on their own table, while pit bosses watch them with a broader view, checking for palming, marking cards or dice and betting patterns that indicate cheating.

Cameras in the ceiling, changing windows and doorways allow surveillance personnel to watch the entire casino at once. These cameras are recorded, so if any unauthorized activity is caught on tape, it can be reviewed to find out who did it.


The United States is home to the biggest poker tournaments in the world, and almost all commercial casinos and many tribal casinos run live poker events on a daily basis. Most casinos also have video poker machines, and some even offer table games devoted to poker as well.