A casino is a gambling establishment with tables for games like roulette, black jack, craps, and keno, as well as video poker. Some casinos also feature entertainment such as comedians, singers, and dancers. The casino industry is a source of revenue and employment in many countries around the world. Some casinos are located in major cities and serve as tourist attractions. Others are located in remote areas and serve local residents. In the United States, Las Vegas is by far the largest casino market, followed by Atlantic City and Chicago.
Something about gambling (maybe the presence of large amounts of money) seems to encourage people to cheat or steal, in collusion with other patrons or by themselves. As a result, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security measures. For example, all table games are monitored by cameras. In addition, all slot machines are wired to a central system that monitors their performance and pays out winnings. The system is augmented by live video feeds from the floor and can be adjusted to focus on specific suspicious patrons.
The modern casino is designed around noise, light, and excitement. Patrons are greeted by the sound of clanging coins, bells, and whistles as they walk through the casino doors. Tables and slot machines are arranged in a maze-like fashion to keep patrons moving through the facility. Alcoholic beverages are readily available and served by waiters circulating the casino. Food is also offered in some casinos.