Casinos Around the World


Gambling is a part of nearly every culture around the world, and casinos have been providing entertainment with games of chance for thousands of years. While many people may think of Las Vegas when they hear the word casino, there are many other great gambling destinations throughout the world. These places range from elegant poker rooms and blackjack tables to expansive slot machines and nongambling games.

Besides the games, a casino can also offer food, drinks, stage shows and other forms of entertainment. It can be difficult to estimate the exact number of casinos in the world, as new ones open regularly and old ones close. However, it is estimated that there are over 1,000 casinos in the United States alone and hundreds more across the globe.

Almost every country that has legalized gambling has a casino or multiple casinos. In the early days, most casinos were located in Nevada and the surrounding area, but as other states realized the potential profits they began opening their own. Casinos have a very uniform appearance, with bright colors and cheery decor to entice gamblers. Many use red, as it is believed to help gamblers lose track of time. In addition to the bright decor, many casinos have a high level of security to deter cheating. Security begins on the floor of a casino, where employees watch over patrons to spot blatant cheating like palming or marking cards. Each table has a manager or pit boss watching over it with a larger view, looking for betting patterns that might signal cheating.