A casino is a place where people can play a variety of games of chance for money. Typically, these establishments offer a wide variety of games and are regulated by law. Casinos often include other entertainment options such as stage shows and restaurants. They may also provide a range of amenities such as hotel rooms, limo service and airline tickets to attract high rollers.

While casinos often employ many luxuries to draw in customers, the bulk of their profits still come from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette and other table games generate the most revenue for casinos. In addition, some casinos specialize in certain types of games or have unique features such as acrobatics or themed decor.

Security is another key component of casino operations. Given the large amounts of money handled inside, both patrons and employees are tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion with each other or independently. To mitigate these risks, casinos use various measures, including cameras and rules of conduct.

In the past, many American casinos were run by organized crime figures who saw them as a way to launder mob funds. These gangsters provided the cash that made casinos possible in places like Reno and Las Vegas, but they were not content to remain mere financial backers. Instead, they became owners and managers of some casinos and even exerted control over the outcomes of games. However, the rise of legitimate businesses that could afford to buy out the mobsters and their casinos helped to sever mob ties to the gambling business.