A casino, also called a gambling house or a gaming room, is a place for people to play games of chance for money. Casinos are most often found in resorts, hotels and restaurants or on cruise ships. They may also be built near or combined with entertainment venues, such as theatres and arenas. People can gamble by using chips or tickets that represent a virtual sum of money, or they can place bets with real cash. Many casinos have security measures in place to prevent cheating and stealing by patrons. These measures include physical security forces and specialized surveillance departments.
Some casinos have rules about the size and type of bets that can be placed. For example, in some American casinos, players must keep their cards visible at all times while playing poker or blackjack. This helps the casino enforce their policies and protect the integrity of the game. Other games are regulated by government agencies to ensure fairness.
Casinos often have special rooms for high rollers, or those who spend a lot of money while gambling. They offer these players free hotel rooms, food, drinks and even limo service. This way, the casino can attract big bettors and make more profit.
Something about gambling — maybe the presence of large amounts of money — seems to encourage both patrons and staff members to try to cheat, steal or scam their way into winning. This is why casinos invest a lot of time and money in security measures.