A casino is a place where games of chance, such as poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and slots, are played. While casinos offer many luxuries to their patrons, such as restaurants, bars, entertainment and theme parks, they would not exist without the billions of dollars in profits generated by gambling.
While something about gambling (perhaps the large amounts of money involved) encourages patrons to cheat and steal, both in collusion with each other or on their own, most casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security. In addition to manned guards, most casinos use sophisticated surveillance systems to keep tabs on their patrons and protect their assets.
In addition to keeping an eye on their customers, casinos also try to make it as easy as possible for patrons to gamble by offering comps. These are free goods and services that a casino gives to people who play frequently enough, such as meals, hotel rooms, shows and even airline tickets. If a patron is a big enough spender, the casino may even give them a private jet.
While the glitz and glamour of the Vegas strip attract people from all over the world, there are smaller casinos that still offer an impressive array of gaming activities. For example, in Rustenburg, South Africa, the Sun City Resort offers a number of gambling options, including a large casino and golf course. This casino, designed by the architect of the Paris Opera, also features a Robuchon au Dome restaurant, which has received both three Michelin stars and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.