A Casino, also known as a Gambling House or a Gambling Establishment is a facility for certain types of gambling. Most casinos combine games of chance with hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Some of them are very famous and attract tourists from all over the world.
While musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers may draw visitors to casinos, the vast majority of profits are derived from the billions of dollars spent on gambling. Games such as slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno bring in the biggest bucks.
Casinos often make security a priority, especially in light of the large amounts of money that are handled. Some casinos use a variety of surveillance systems to keep tabs on patrons and staff. These usually include cameras that can be remotely monitored from a central control room, which is essentially a bank of monitors in which the security personnel are able to watch all activities throughout the casino.
Because casinos are designed to maximize chances of winning, they can be a temptation for people to cheat and steal, either in collusion with others or on their own. Because of this, casinos must invest a lot of time, energy and money in security measures. This includes monitoring all transactions, requiring players to keep their cards visible at all times and restricting the amount of alcohol they can consume. Some casinos even employ a separate department that oversees security operations, including the hiring of employees and the training of security personnel.