A Casino is a place where people gamble by playing games of chance. While a casino may include other forms of entertainment such as restaurants, theaters and shopping, the vast majority of its profits derive from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other games of chance generate the billions in revenues that casinos bring in every year. A casino can be as lavish and extravagant as the Las Vegas Strip, or it can be relatively modest such as Dakota Dunes in the interior of Canada.

Most casinos offer a variety of games, from traditional poker and blackjack to exotic Far Eastern games such as sic bo and fan-tan. Some casinos specialize in certain games or regions, offering tournaments and other special events. Several of these are open to the public, while others are reserved for high rollers or other VIP guests.

Casinos employ a host of security measures to protect their customers. Security starts on the casino floor, where casino employees keep an eye on patrons and the games for any signs of cheating. Dealers are trained to spot blatant methods such as palming or marking cards and dice, while pit bosses and table managers have a broader view of the games.

Some critics argue that the luxuries and attractions of casinos divert tourists from other types of entertainment in their communities, hurting local businesses. In addition, studies suggest that the disproportionate amount of revenue generated by compulsive gamblers counteracts any economic gains a casino might bring to its community.