The Casino – The Place to Satisfy Your Gambling Cravings


Whether you love to spin the reels, put your money on the table, or simply chuck the dice, casinos are the place to satisfy your gambling craving. These pulsating, noisy, glitzy entertainment centers usually offer a variety of casino games, delicious food, drinks, and other activities that can make your casino visit truly memorable.

The etymology of the word casino can be traced back to Italy and once denoted something as simple as a villa, summerhouse or social club. By the second half of the 19th century, however, it had come to refer to a collection of gaming or gambling rooms.

Casinos first popped up in the United States during the 1980s, when several American states amended their antigambling laws to permit them. They soon began appearing on American Indian reservations and were also gaining popularity in Latin America. Today, there are more than 3,000 legal casinos worldwide, with Nevada being home to more than 1,600.

Gambling in casinos is a big business. Something about the sheer amount of money involved encourages people to try to cheat, steal and scam their way into a jackpot instead of just taking their chances on pure luck. As a result, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security.

In addition to the physical security force that patrols the casino floor, most modern casinos employ a specialized surveillance department that monitors each machine and game for any statistical deviations from expected results. Using a technique known as “chip tracking,” betting chips with built-in microcircuitry interact with electronic systems that enable casinos to oversee the exact amounts being wagered minute by minute, and to detect any anomalies.