A Casino is a building where people can gamble and play games of chance. It may include other amenities such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows to draw in customers. But the bulk of its profits comes from gambling. Casinos offer games of chance such as poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat to make money. They also offer dice games such as sic bo (popular in Asian casinos), fan-tan and pai gow.
Gambling in a casino involves risk and is often illegal. Many casinos provide security measures to prevent cheating and theft. These include cameras in the ceiling that allow surveillance personnel to watch patrons at tables, slot machines and other games from a room filled with banks of security monitors. Some casinos have catwalks in the ceiling that enable security personnel to look down on games through one-way glass.
Most modern casinos are designed to resemble luxury hotel rooms. They are large and feature multiple restaurants, bars, and other amenities. They are popular destinations for tourists and business travelers, especially those in the United States. Some even host major sporting events, such as the World Series of Poker.
Most casinos have table games, such as baccarat (a popular game in France and those on the Riviera), chemin de fer (a favorite in Britain), blackjack (popular in America) and trente et quarante (a popular card game in Europe). Many have video poker and other electronic machine games, which are the economic mainstay of American casinos.