The Casino Experience

When it comes to fame, the Bellagio in Las Vegas takes the cake – not only has it been featured in countless movies, but it is known for its elegant fountain shows, luxurious accommodations and a wide selection of table games and slot machines. Other famous casinos include the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Casino Lisboa and the casino in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Unlike the lotteries and Internet gambling, which are largely anonymous, the gaming experience in a casino is social in nature. People shout encouragement to other players at the tables or slots, and the gambling environment is designed around noise, light and excitement. Some casinos have restaurants, free drinks and stage shows.

Modern casinos have incorporated elaborate surveillance systems that give security personnel an eye-in-the-sky view of all activities, with cameras watching every window and doorway. Chip tracking allows casino supervisors to watch bets minute-by-minute, and roulette wheels are electronically monitored for statistical deviations from expected results.

Some casinos are also big on wooing high rollers, or gamblers who place large bets. These gamblers are typically given rooms separate from the main casino, and they may be offered special services such as free spectacular entertainment, limousine service, hotel suites and lavish personal attention. In the long run, these inducements can offset the casino’s losses and increase its profits. However, critics contend that the costs of treating problem gamblers and lost productivity in local economies often outweigh any short-term gains from casino operations.