A casino is a place where gambling games are played. It may also have stage shows, free drinks, restaurants and dramatic scenery. It may be very elaborate, or it could be quite simple. Some casinos are owned by governments, while others are private businesses that offer gambling as part of a larger resort. Some are designed by famous architects, and some are even owned by celebrities.
Some of the more common terms used in a casino include:
Table game: A card or board game in which the players sit around a table, and a croupier enables the play and manages payments. The croupier is normally dressed in a costume or uniform to match the theme of the game. These games are generally played for money and winning bettors receive a payout according to the odds of the game. These odds are referred to as the house edge.
Eye in the sky: In a casino, cameras mounted on the ceiling monitor every table, window and doorway. These cameras can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons by security workers.
Most Americans who gamble in casinos are middle-class and older adults. In 2005, the typical casino gambler was a forty-six-year-old female from a household with above-average income. In order to make the most of their casino experience, these gamblers often attend with friends. They enjoy the thrill of the atmosphere and the potential for big wins. Occasionally, they also take advantage of a casino’s special offers, such as comps (free drinks and hotel rooms) and tournaments.