Casino (or casinos) is a large, noisy, crowded place with gambling tables and machines where people play games of chance and skill. Casinos are popular with tourists and locals alike and generate billions in revenue for the owners, investors and governmental entities that run them. They are often designed around a theme and feature musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and luxury hotels. They are also famous for poker and other table games, as well as slot machines. In games where players compete against each other, like poker, the casino earns money through a commission called the rake.

In the past, many casinos were owned by organized crime families that invested their mafia money and protected their profits with mob muscle. Mobster involvement gave the industry a seamy image, and legal businessmen were reluctant to invest their own money in casinos. But real estate investors and hotel chains with deep pockets bought out the mobsters and began operating casinos without mob interference.

Modern casino security is extensive. Video cameras monitor the gambling floor to catch any cheating or dishonest behavior. Chip tracking systems enable the casino to know minute-by-minute how much is being wagered on each game, and roulette wheels are electronically monitored to discover any statistical deviation from their expected outcomes. Casinos are also staffed with people to help with any problems, and they offer free or discounted drinks and snacks. They may even comp people for rooms and food.

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