Casino is a term for an establishment that offers a variety of gambling games. Successful casinos bring in billions of dollars each year for the companies, investors, and Native American tribes that operate them. They also generate a lot of revenue for state and local governments, often in the form of taxes and fees charged on gambling. Casinos can be massive resorts, or they can be small card rooms in bars and restaurants. Casino-type game machines are even available in racetracks and truck stops.


Something about the nature of gambling encourages cheating, stealing and other forms of deception. As a result, casinos spend much time and money on security. Among other things, they use cameras and other electronic devices to monitor patron activity. They also enforce rules and codes of conduct.


The average casino gambler is a forty-six-year-old woman from a household with an above-average income. The most popular casino games are slot machines, which are simple to play and do not require any skills or strategy. Players place coins or paper tickets with barcodes into a machine and then pull a handle or push a button to spin reels that display varying bands of colored shapes. When a winning combination appears, the player receives a predetermined amount of money. Slot machines make up the majority of casino revenues.